NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 9, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Pre-proposal Teleconference: May 15
Notice of Intent Deadline: May 22
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 13
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for the NASA Research Announcement: NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions. Eligible proposers include U.S. nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations and libraries. Selected parties will offer inquiry- or experiential-based opportunities that include NASA education and research and directly align with major NASA missions related to space exploration. Projects shall use network partnerships.

Grant Opportunity: U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership Program
Audience: Local Educational Agencies (LEA), Consortiums of LEAs and Institutions of Higher Education
Application Deadline: May 20
Contact: TQPartnership@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education seeks applicants for funding grants to support high-quality teacher preparation and professional development for prospective teachers. An estimated $37 million is available, and the department anticipates making approximately 20 new awards to eligible institutions. Visit the grant website for full details on eligibility and application requirements.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 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. Participants will get an overview of mathematics problems that give an authentic glimpse of modern science and engineering by using real research data from NASA missions that explore signs of life beyond Earth. Online registration is required.

NASA STEM Problem-Solving: Human Space Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 21 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. Inquiry-based learning is an integral part of the development of skills for lifelong learning. It prepares students to know what to do when the options before them are unclear. Explore the implementation strategies of problem-solving inquiry while adding engaging NASA STEM resources on survival during exploration to your curriculum. Online registration is required.

 
  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 22
Event Date: July 28-Aug. 2
Contact: NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office will host its sixth National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property in Charlotte, North Carolina. This training opportunity combines experiential training tools, practices and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle and high school teachers in increasing their knowledge of making, inventing and innovation. Participants are introduced to teacher-friendly materials designed to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. The institute is open to teachers nationwide.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 23 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.

 
  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.

 
  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.

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.

 
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.

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.

 
  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.

10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall
Audience: Public
Event Date: June 22, 6-11 p.m. EDT
Contact: donald.a.lubowich@hofstra.edu 

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).

 
  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
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

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.

New Education Resources—Peanuts and NASA: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Contact: http://ymiclassroom.com/feedback-peanuts/ 

In May 1969, Apollo 10 orbited the Moon as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Apollo 10 was also the mission that sent Charlie Brown and Snoopy into space when their names were adopted as the official call signs of the command module and lunar module. To celebrate this anniversary, NASA and the Peanuts gang have teamed up to create standards-aligned activities to help students explore space flight history and the amazing technologies NASA will use to land astronauts on Mars.

  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.

Apollo Youth Art Contest
Audience:
Students in Grades Pre-K through 12
Registration Deadline: June 1
Contact: Shirley.J.Lapole@nasa.gov 

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.

 
‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019
Contact: cinespace@cinemartsociety.org 

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.