NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for July 25, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

We Go: To the Moon and on to Mars.

The Artemis generation will explore farther than we’ve ever gone before.

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

What’s up in the Atmosphere? The Air We Breathe
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date: July 30 at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. There’s a lot more than air in the atmosphere. Find out what else in the atmosphere can affect the colors we see in the sky. Explore science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics with hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities related to the atmosphere and aerosols. Learn how to use picture books, authentic real-time data sets and engineering design challenges in problem-based lessons. Online registration is required.

  Explore Humans in Space: Pressure Suits
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 31 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 humans in space and pressure suits. Learn about NASA’s Year of Education on Station and the International Space Station crews that include educator astronauts and former classroom teachers Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold. Also learn how pressure suits are used to protect pilots and astronauts during flight and spacewalks. Online registration is required.

National Institutes of Health’s Biomedical Innovation Virtual Internship
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students With U.S. Citizenship
Application Deadline: July 31

Hone and show off your writing and graphic design skills as a part of the National Institutes of Health’s open innovation community. As a virtual intern, you will showcase your writing talents in blog posts and your social media savvy in communicating with the public. This opportunity is part of the Virtual Student Federal Service, an eight-month remote internship program for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a difference in the work of the U.S. government. To apply go to and select project code NIH-USA-3.

  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 6 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 NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-Planes and NASA aeronautical research while looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 7 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 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 Flight: Using Coding to Fly in Formation
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. EDT

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore hands-on and inquiry-based learning activities related to flight and coding. STEM engagement activities will include kinesthetic movement and problem solving with mathematics. The webinar will introduce ideas to assist in reaching the Next Generation Science Standards and Common CORE learning outcomes standards. Online registration is required.

Educator Workshop: Lunar and Meteorite Sample Certification
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. PDT

NASA lends actual lunar samples from the historic Apollo missions to teachers. Join NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for an educator workshop to become certified to bring the excitement of these real lunar rocks and regolith samples to your students. The Lunar and Meteorite Sample Disk Program is limited to teachers at U.S.-based institutions, and is intended for employees of K-12 classrooms, museums, libraries or planetariums. The workshop will take place at JPL’s Von Karman Auditorium. Pre-registration is required.

  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 6
Workshop Dates: Oct. 16-17

Join NASA’s Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications for the Fluid Physics Workshop at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This event will feature scientists and engineers from academia, industry and other governmental agencies to provide recommendations to NASA on future research directions for the microgravity fluid physics program. All interested scientists, researchers and managers are invited to participate. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.

New Interactive From NASA Space Place: NASA in the 50 States
Educators and Students in Grades 3-6
Contact: spaceplaceconnect@jpl.nasa.govDid you know that all 50 states are helping NASA explore space? It’s true! Visit the new “NASA in the 50 States” interactive feature to see how your state has contributed to the study of space and Earth science. Click on other states to learn even more fun facts!
  Make Your Own Whirlpool With NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: July 31

Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful image of the iconic Whirlpool Galaxy (M51). Capture your own real-time telescope image of the whirlpool using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network, or work with an archived set of NASA data files of M51, taken with four multiwavelength space telescope missions: Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and Galex. Your creations may be highlighted as standout entries commented on by NASA experts.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Around the World With Mission Mosquito
Audience: All Educators
Webinar Date: Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. EDT

Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar featuring data collectors from four different countries. Each presenter will share information about a country, as well as when and where there are active mosquitoes. They will also explain the different types of mosquito-transmitted diseases that are in their region and describe the prevention and protection measures used locally. Registration is required.

  NASA Psyche Inspired Internship
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 9

NASA’s Psyche Mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students in any major from universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns. Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.

NASA STEM Engagement Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, and Other Experts
Deadline: Aug. 13

NASA is seeking qualified peer reviewers to volunteer to externally review NASA TEAM II proposals during fall 2019. A diverse reviewer pool is sought, including but not limited to practicing or retired informal education leadership, managers, educators and evaluators (e.g., K-12; informal; youth groups; public outreach), scientists, engineers, higher education faculty and other experts (including individuals without a current institutional affiliation) with experience or knowledge of activities described in the Announcement NNH19ZHA002N

Volunteer at Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, it thanks you for your consideration and/or referrals. Selected reviewers will be expected to disclose all conflicts of interest, including situations that may give the appearance of bias.

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  Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Leadership Initiative 2
Audience: Accredited, Degree-granting U.S. Colleges and Universities
Step-A Proposal Deadline: Aug. 25

The University Leadership Initiative 2 of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining multidisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen research impact. Multiple awards are anticipated with nominal budgets in the $1-2M range per award annually. Awards will have a maximum duration of four years. 

Click the links below to read about current ULI recipients.
ULI Round Two
ULI Round One

New Resources From NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft’s Hacking STEM
Educators of Grades 5-12

The International Space Station is a research laboratory where astronauts live and work, testing technologies for future missions to the Moon and Mars, and learning more about our home planet. Next year is the 20th anniversary of humans living off-planet aboard the space station. To celebrate, NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft Education have partnered to develop eight new lesson plans to introduce students to challenges astronauts face living in space. These standards-aligned lessons challenge middle school and high school students to design in 3D, analyze data, build sensors, use virtual reality and work with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

  GLOBE Observer Citizen Science Challenge: GO on the Lewis and Clark Trail
Audience: Citizen Scientists
Event Date: Through Sept. 2

In the early 19th century, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led an ambitious expedition across the western United States. To commemorate their journey, NASA and the National Park Service encourage the public to follow in their footsteps through a new citizen science challenge from June 1 to Sept. 2. The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer App allows citizen scientists to use their smartphones to map land cover along the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Any land cover observation taken along the nearly 5,000-mile-long trail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the mouth of the Columbia River in Washington State earns points. The top participants will receive recognition and “GO on a Trail” commemorative material. 

Can’t make it to the trail? You can still participate by making land cover observations in your area!

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover! The Mars 2020 mission will launch next summer and land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration.

  Free Virtual Reality Program: NASA SLS VR Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students

Do you want to experience the excitement of standing on the launch pad beneath NASA’s massive new rocket, the Space Launch System? The “NASA SLS VR Experience” is a free, virtual reality software program that is available for anyone with an Oculus Rift to download. Users can experience the scale of the SLS and can explore the rocket from multiple angles. Those using the software can even sit in the cockpit during prelaunch activities to see what it’s like to be an astronaut inside the Orion spacecraft.

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