NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 29, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best. Entries are due Nov. 1, 2019

Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

  GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Back to School With Mosquitoes
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers around the world are integrating the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool into their ongoing curricula and into afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Jeff Bouwman and Erquinio Taborda as they describe best practices for engaging students in both formal and informal educational settings. Register online. http://bit.ly/Buzz-GO11

Explore Space Tech: On the Moon Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 9 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. NASA and Design Squad have teamed up to bring kids in your classroom, or afterschool program, six hands-on design challenges. These fun design challenges will get your kids thinking like engineers and excited about NASA’s missions to the Moon. Online registration is required.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

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, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

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.

 
  Launch Opportunity: RockSat-X
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Notice of Intent to Fly Deadline: Sept. 16
Contact: rocksatx@gmail.com 

The RockSat-X program gives college and university teams low-cost access to space via payload capabilities on a sounding rocket that reaches an altitude of 93-105 miles (150-170 kilometers). The rocket has an ejectable skin and nose cone that exposes experiments to the space environment, and is de-spun and stabilized to allow for a greater range of experiments and use of microgravity. Visit the Rock-Sat program website to see previous projects and resources.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What Happens to Your Data?
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to discuss what happens to data submitted to GLOBE’s Mission Mosquito project. Dr. Helen Amos will discuss data quality and how to ensure your reported data is the best it can be. A Q&A session will follow. Register online. http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS9

 
  2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 4, 2019
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
Contact: npphelp@usra.edu 

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

 
  Astronaut Snoopy Launches on STEM Mission to Space
Audience:
Public 

NASA has partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to send astronaut Snoopy on a STEM mission to space. In a series of STEM books and toys, astronaut Snoopy explores the far reaches of space and gets an inside look at current NASA missions. A visit to the International Space Station, a rover ride around Mars, a glimpse of the spacesuits that keep astronauts safe and a peek into the future plans to send the first woman and next man to the Moon are all included in Astronaut Snoopy’s space-themed adventures. Visit the link to learn more!

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!

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.

 
  Explore Space Tech: STEM Earth Science—Eyes on the Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 4 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. Fly along with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3D environment. “Eyes on the Earth” displays the location of all of NASA’s operating Earth-observing missions in real time. This webinar will also explore NASA’s “Engineering a Satellite.” Lesson plans for students to design a satellite and build a model will be explored. Online registration is required.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 5 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.

 
  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 6
Workshop Dates: Oct. 16-17
Contact: smorrison@nasaprs.com 

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.

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
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit and accredited educational organizations.

 
  2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference
Audience: Students, Faculty and Administrators from HBCUs
Conference Dates: Sept. 9-11
Contact: oswhi-hcu@ed.gov 

The annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference provides a forum to exchange information and share innovations among and between institutions. This year’s event will take place in Washington, D.C., and will include a student leadership summit featuring a “NASA: Concept to Commercialization” session, plus professional development and a career opportunities fair. Conference admission is free. Online registration is required.

Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Student Research Challenge
Audience: Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Next Proposal Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-USRC@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is challenging students to propose new aeronautics ideas relevant to NASA Aeronautics. The University Student Research Challenge provides grants for selected student projects and challenges students to raise a modest amount of cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and take action. Proposals may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated in three cycles: Oct. 30, 2019, Feb. 26, 2020, and June 24, 2020.

 
  Night Sky Network: Astronomy Club Events Across the United States
Audience: Public
Contact: https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/contact.cfm 

Night Sky Network is a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing science, technology and inspiration from NASA’s missions to the general public. These clubs host events across the United States, sharing their time and telescopes to provide unique astronomy experiences at science museums, observatories, classrooms and under the night sky. Visit the website to find events happening in your area! 

Looking for astronomy resources? The Night Sky Planner makes it easy to find out what’s visible tonight or all month. There are also dozens of simple demonstrations, handouts, and presentations on common astronomy topics from our Moon to black holes.

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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 https://www.nasa.gov/education/materials/.

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

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