NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 2, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ Day With ‘Teachable Moments’ Educational Resources From JPL Education
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: May 4
Contact: kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Use the force to get students excited about Newton’s laws in advance of “Star Wars” Day on Sat., May 4 (“May the fourth”). The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has put together a teachable moment filled with resources all about the real science behind a “Star Wars” staple, the Twin Ion Engine (TIE) fighter, and how NASA has used similar technology to explore comets and asteroids. 

Looking for more? Check out the “Teachable Moments” collection for more resources. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teachable-moments/

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Protection and Prevention
Audience: All Educators
Webinar Date: May 8 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Getting a mosquito bite is no fun and can sometimes turn deadly. Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito team to learn about preventative measures to avoid being bitten along with steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors. Are you thinking about hosting your own Mosquito Prevention and Preparation Awareness Campaigns? We’ve got you covered. A Prince George County, Maryland, public health official will talk about how they plan and prepare for an active mosquito season. Webinar registration is required – http://bit.ly/Buzz-GO7.

 
  Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 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. 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.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 16 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. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

 
  GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquitoes, Land Cover and GO on a Trail
Audience: All Citizen Scientists
Webinar Date: May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

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 Peder Nelson, lead scientist for the GLOBE Observer Land Cover tool, to find out why collecting both mosquito data and land cover data using the GLOBE Observer app provides important data for scientific analysis. Get ready for this summer’s “GO on a Trail” citizen science campaign, launching on June 1, by participating in this informative webinar. Webinar registration is required – http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS5.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students at U.S. Universities and Colleges
Application Deadline: June 3
Contact: dhsmith@nas.edu 

The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships program of the Space Studies Board gives students the opportunity to work in civil space research policy in the nation’s capital. The board is the principal advisory group providing independent scientific and programmatic advice to NASA and other government agencies on civil space research and associated ground-based activities. Interns typically undertake one or more short-term research projects to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects.

 
  GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Check Out the Buzz
Audience: All Educators
Webinar Date: June 5 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Students taking part in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito project submitted science fair projects related to mosquitoes, and we’ll share a few. Students will describe their research and a few lessons learned. As warmer weather keeps it buzzing, let’s talk about how to keep the excitement going over the summer. We have a few ideas to share and would love to hear yours. Webinar registration is required – http://bit.ly/Buzz-GO8.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What to Do About Data?
Audience: All Citizen Scientists
Webinar Date: June 19 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Are you taking part in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign but aren’t sure what to do with your data? Join Dr. Becky Boger for an introduction to the open-source mapping tools and learn how you can create maps of your data. Webinar registration is required – http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS6.

 
  Collaboration Opportunities: 2019 ASTRO CAMP in the Community
Audience: Universities, Schools, Museums and Youth-Serving Organizations
Inquiry Deadline: July 1
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi has announced collaboration opportunities for organizations interested in hosting “2019 ASTRO CAMP in the Community” events this summer. ASTRO CAMP engages learners in grades 2-10 with fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. ASTRO CAMP provides collaborators professional development, the 2019 ASTRO CAMP Facilitators Guide, activity supply lists, online resources, NASA completion certificates and the support of education specialists (as needed). Visit the site for details on collaborator requirements and inquiry details.

Apollo Anniversary Resources From NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement
Audience: All Educators and All Students
Contact: Amelia.J.Chapman@jpl.nasa.gov 

Celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversary and the future of Moon exploration with these educational resources! Find lesson plans, activities and printables. Get current information about contests and where to find images and original sources. Discover Apollo anniversary and “Moon to Mars” events happening near you on the searchable Map/Calendar, or plan your own event and submit it for inclusion.

 
  Apollo 50th Anniversary Talk Series: Explore the Past
Audience: Public
Event Date: May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

The Apollo lunar flights may have ended in 1972, but the Moon has remained of great interest to NASA and scientists worldwide. Join NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry for a look back at NASA’s Apollo Program. Watch the session live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. Tweet questions for the presenter using #NASADEEP, or use the chat window next to the media player.

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

 
  Mission Patch Competition
Audience: Educators of Grades 1-8
Entry Deadline: May 5 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

NASA is taking us forward to the Moon and challenging students to design a mission patch that will capture the excitement of future missions! Using Tynker, students will design and animate their own “Forward to the Moon” mission patches. Explore the history of NASA mission patches with your class, and research NASA’s Moon to Mars program. Learn coding concepts, including animating with costumes, motion and effects. NASA and Tynker will judge and select winners. Winners will get a chance for their classrooms to participate in a live video conference with a NASA expert.

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
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

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 (http://www.iafastro.org) are requested to submit their abstracts to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) 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 abstract@nasaprs.com.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: SLS Engineering for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 2-12
Event Date: May 7 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. Enjoy an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and the Space Launch System (SLS). Activity emphasis will be on the “Engineering Is Out of This World” activity resources for grades 2-4 and SLS-related engineering challenges for grades 5-12. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Teaching Project-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 8 at 5 p.m. EDT
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 STEM resources related to planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-based learning standards using examples and lesson plans from NASA websites. Learn how to introduce multiple solar system resources to students to help them pose a pertinent question. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Eyes in the Sky
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 9 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 our eyes on the universe with NASA space telescopes that expand our view and understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. The Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the electromagnetic spectrum will be explored. NASA STEM lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated in this out of this world webinar. 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
Contact: shaner@lpi.usra.edu 

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.

 
  Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 10
Contact: JSC-EPD@mail.nasa.gov 

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 http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear.

Watch Astronauts Answer Students’ Questions During Inflight Education Downlinks
Audience: STEM Educators
Next Downlink: May 10
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An Inflight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

There are three opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on the ground during the month of May at www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about Inflight Education Downlinks and view the schedule to tune into an upcoming downlink at: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: May 15
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

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
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

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 May 17.

 
  2019 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 29
Event Date: July 16
Contact: sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a “Girls in STEM” event for girls in grades 6 to 8 who participate in summer camps or other out-of-school-time summer groups and organizations. This daylong event includes educational activities, an engineering design challenge, a panel discussion with female scientists and engineers, and facility tours to encourage future leaders to pursue careers in STEM. Attendees must be U.S. citizens. Each group must have 10-25 students.

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

  Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2019
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Proposal Deadline: May 24
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

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.

NASA GLOBE Observer: Adopt a Pixel Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: holli.kohl@nasa.gov 

The NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer team invites educators, students and the public to make a better world land map using the GLOBE Observer app. The new “Land Cover: Adopt a Pixel” module lets citizen scientists photograph with their smartphones the landscape, identify the kinds of land cover they see (trees, grass, etc.) and then match their observations to satellite data. Users can also share their knowledge of the land and how it has changed.

 

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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/stem
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/forstudents
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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