NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 15, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Educator Training: Afterschool Universe
Audience: Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: Aug. 21
Training Dates: Aug. 26-27
Contact: Sarah.E.Eyermann@nasa.gov 

Would you like to take middle school children beyond the solar system? With Afterschool Universe, you can! NASA’s Afterschool Universe is an out-of-school-time curriculum that uses hands-on activities to teach students about astronomy. Learn more at a two-day comprehensive, in-person training taking place in Lanham, Maryland. The training is free, and contingent upon sufficient participation.

Registration Open: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Classes Begin: Sept. 3
Contact: arc-encounter@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives. 

Registration for the 2019-2020 session is now open. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.

 
  Infiniscope Webinar Series: Rocket Learners to Success—Use Free Tools to Build Adaptive Experiences
Audience: U.S.-based Formal and Informal Educators of All Grades
Event Dates: Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 3:30 PDT
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Infiniscope Community empowers educators of all kinds to collaborate and create innovative, educational experiences that address the unique needs of all learners. Infiniscope’s widget-based platform makes it easy to design custom digital experiences using NASA visualizations, real-time feedback and differentiated pathways. Join the Infiniscope team for a free three-part webinar series, and learn to build your own adaptive experiences. Register now to save your spot!

Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. PDT
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.org 

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar introducing educators to NASA’s Solar System Treks, a free resource for STEM learning. Solar System Treks allow students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan and icy moons in our solar system. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA outreach specialists, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Solar System Treks visualization tools.

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

When Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.

eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.

 
  Homeland Security Explosives Detection Research Opportunity
Audience: Graduating and Post-Grad University and College Students
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications from graduating students and post graduates with magnetic resonance spectroscopy experience. Selected applicants will work with scientists to determine the feasibility of using nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) for fielded detection and for supporting test and evaluation of commercially developed NQR-based explosives detection systems. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. See the website for eligibility requirements.

Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 15 at 6 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 insignia NASA STEM Engagement Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, and Other Experts
Deadline: Aug. 15
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov 

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 https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/reviewer/. 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.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquito Science Engagement—Use Zika Zine in Your Outreach
Audience: All Educators and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to discuss and share outreach ideas. Dr. Lisa Gardner from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research will present her cartoon series, “Zika Zine,” and discuss effective science communication techniques. Library partners are especially encouraged to attend. Registration is required. http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS8

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 22 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.

Call for Proposals—Appendix H MUREP Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative
Audience: Minority-Serving Institutions
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 23
Contact: MUREPARMD@nasaprs.com 

NASA is seeking proposals for the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative. Eligible proposers include U.S. Minority-Serving Institutions. Selected parties will establish student training and technical internships as well as support new entrepreneurs of aerospace-focused high manufacturing efforts that align with aerospace industry needs. Projects shall use network partnerships.

 
  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
Contact: HQ-UnivPartnerships@mail.nasa.gov 

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

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 29 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. 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.

 
  Request for Information—NASA-Themed STEM Student Challenge
Audience: NASA Space Grant Community and Academic Institutions
Deadline: Aug. 30
Contact: NASA.spacegrant@nasaprs.com 

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement invites the NASA Space Grant community, academia and industry to help NASA develop its student challenge portfolio in the 2019-2020 academic year. Proposed challenges should engage college-level students across the U.S. in lunar-focused activities aligning with technology needs of Artemis missions, and inspire and engage the Artemis generation. Responses will be reviewed by NASA and inform the planned release of a Space Grant request for proposals solicitation later this year.

The Museum of Flight in Seattle Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: Public
Exhibit Dates: Open April 13 through Sept. 2
Contact: info@museumofflight.org 

The Museum of Flight in Seattle is the only West Coast stop for a new exhibition featuring the Apollo 11 command module Columbia—the only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to return intact to Earth. The exhibit features dozens of artifacts, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, a star chart and more. The family-friendly exhibit also features an immersive launch pad entrance, iconic audio from mission control and interactives like a lunar lander video game and a virtual 3D tour of Columbia’s interior.

 
  GLOBE Observer Citizen Science Challenge: GO on the Lewis and Clark Trail
Audience: Citizen Scientists
Event Date: Through Sept. 2
Contact: holli.kohl@nasa.gov 

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!

2020 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 15
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2020
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2020 RASC-AL competition invites university teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future human missions to Mars in one of five themes: South Pole Multi-purpose Rover; International Space Station as a Mars Mission Analog; Short Surface Stay Mars Mission; Commercial Cislunar Space Development; and Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Science Payloads on the Gateway and/or Mars Deep Space Transport. Up to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2020 RASC-AL Forum.

 
  Go Behind the Scenes With “NASA Science Live” Show
Audience: Public
Contact: emily.furfaro@nasa.gov 

Join NASA experts as they explore the secrets of the universe—from remote locations on Earth to the depths of outer space—in this monthly series. Episodes air on NASA Television and can be streamed online via the NASA website, Facebook Watch, YouTube and Ustream. Viewers can join the conversation monthly by submitting questions on social media using the hashtag #askNASA, or by leaving a comment in the chat section on Facebook. For show information and a schedule of upcoming episodes, visit https://www.nasa.gov/nasasciencelive.

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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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