NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 18, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2019
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: April 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: May 24

The 2019 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking research or senior design projects/proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

NOAA Planet Stewards Workshop: Becoming Estuary Stewards
Audience: Middle School, High School, Pre-Service and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: April 20
Event Date: June 18-20

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards Project is teaming up with Teachers on the Estuary to host a professional development workshop in Charleston, South Carolina. Attendees will explore salt marsh dynamics—collecting and analyzing data with marine researchers, learn how to engage students in project-based learning using real-world examples and receive standards-based STEM lessons. Open to middle and high school teachers, continuing education credits are available.

  Explore Earth: JPL Earth Science Missions
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 23 at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is well known for its robotic development, planetary investigations and landmark deep space missions. Yet, most would be surprised to learn that the majority of JPL missions are dedicated to enhancing our understanding our own planet. Explore JPL-related Earth science missions and high-quality classroom lessons and educational resources that help promote scientific inquiry and engage students in critically examining Earth-related issues. Online registration is required.

2019 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26

The Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas, in partnership with NASA, are offering undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These scholarships recognize outstanding students and encourage graduate studies in STEM-related fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered for at least a half-time course load at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

  2019-2020 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26

Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and integrated work experience are emphasized. Each $5,000 award supplements half-time graduate support (or a fellowship) provided by a consortium institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens registered for full-time study in a graduate program at one or more of the Texas Space Grant Consortium institutions. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
Audience: Educators Enrolled in Programs for a Master’s Degree in a STEM Field at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26

The Texas Space Grant Consortium’s Educator STEM Scholarship Program provides $1,500 scholarships to eligible teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

  Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 29 at 6:30 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.

Holocaust Remembrance Program
Audience: Public
Event Date: April 30

The Federal Interagency Holocaust Remembrance program will take place on April 30, at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. This year’s event—Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival—will include discussions with holocaust survivors Dr. Hans Fisher and Judge Thomas Buergenthal. Make plans to attend the event in person, or watch the free online livestream of the event. Visit the website for full event details.

  The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: May 1
Event Date: May 22

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to host the Great Water Design Challenge tasking student teams with researching innovative solutions to the growing demands on water supplies. Teams will choose from five challenge topics and will have access to research, prototyping and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. The challenge is open to teams of three to four high school students, and each team must have a faculty sponsor. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Space is limited to the first 20 teams, so reserve your spot today!

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: May 2 at 6 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Is there life beyond our planet? Using NASA STEM lessons, participants will explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research developed definition of life. Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.

  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: InSight Into Planetary Interiors
Audience: Public
Event Date: May 9 at 7:30 p.m. CDT

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “InSight into Planetary Interiors” by Dr. Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Banerdt is the principal investigator for NASA’s InSight mission to Mars. He will discuss how our knowledge of planetary interiors has changed over the past 50 years of solar system exploration. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

STEMonstration: Spacewalk
All Educators
Have you ever wondered how astronauts prepare to venture outside the space station on a spacewalk? Spacewalking, or Extravehicular Activity (EVA), requires training on the ground and strategic preparations on station to ensure the safety of astronauts before they work outside of the station. In this two-part episode, Expedition 55/56 flight engineer Ricky Arnold talks about crew safety and training in addition to the spacesuit that will protect astronauts against the harsh environment of space. Visit for more educational videos in microgravity aboard the International Space Station, and the accompanying Classroom Connection lesson plans. 

STEMonstration: Space Walk—Part 1 

STEMonstration: Space Walk—Part 2 

Find more ways to bring resources from the International Space Station into your classroom by checking out NASA’s STEM on Station website.

  GLOBE Observer: Toolkit for Informal Educators
Audience: Informal Educators

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer, an app-based citizen science project, recently released a toolkit for informal educators at libraries, museums, parks and outdoor education centers, after-school programs and more. The GLOBE Observer app is a great way to connect your organization’s mission to real-world science. The toolkit contains activities and resources that can be integrated into programming at your institution.

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.

  Free Lecture—The Future Is Cloudy: NASA’s Look at Clouds and Climate
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: April 18-19 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)

Earth is the most-observed planet in our solar system. There is a fleet of satellites looking down at our skies. Join climate researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about the deeper understanding of our ever-changing clouds and their relationship to our climate. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

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
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.eduAlthough 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.
  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.

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.

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.

  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.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
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 and forms.

  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: May 17
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.

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.

  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

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

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.

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