NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 26, 2019

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  Make This School Year the Best Yet With NASA!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: STEM@mail.nasa.gov 

Learning doesn’t need to stop when the bell rings! Our #BackToSTEM campaign is filled with family fun activities for after school or at home. Learn together about NASA’s newest mission Artemis, that will put the first woman and next man on the Moon and will help us go to Mars! 

Check out the “STEM Forward to the Moon Activity Guide,” complete with videos and hands-on activities about the components of deep space travel that will take us from the Moon to Mars. 

Looking for more NASA resources to boost engagement? Search through hundreds of activities, demonstrations, challenges and more.

Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Sept. 29, Noon PDT – Oct. 13, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

As they prepare for lunar surface exploration, Artemis astronauts will conduct research in lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Gateway. NASA is challenging students to imagine what life might be like on this orbiting outpost. Using Tynker, students will design and animate their ideas. Teachers can find teacher guides and NASA resources for K-5 students using Tynker Blocks and grades 6-8 students using JavaScript at the respective project pages. NASA will judge and select three winners for each programming language. Winners will have the opportunity to invite a NASA expert to speak to their class or their school via a video call. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Open to students everywhere! 

Are you new to coding or just want to learn more? Join one of the free 40-minute launch webinars at http://gotyn.kr/nasaweb.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Quiet Supersonic Flight Over Land—Lowering the Boom
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making quieter supersonic flight possible. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 4
Workshop Dates: Nov. 18-20
Contact: hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for an expenses-paid, three-day workshop in Tucson, Arizona, that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA will guide participants through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships and obtaining support from the home institution.

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  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 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. 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.

NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition
Audience: U.S. Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: ksc-robotic-mining-competition@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition challenges teams to design, build and run an autonomously operated robot that will traverse a simulated off-world terrain and excavate simulated lunar regolith. This challenge includes presentations and demonstrations, public outreach and a systems engineering paper explaining the methodology the team used to design and build their robot. The onsite competition will take place May 18-22, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

 
  Explore Earth: Teaching STEAM With Images from Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.10 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. Explore Earth from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our planet and the processes that shape it. Using the “Mission Geography” STEAM resource, a NASA and Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) collaboration, we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2019: Resources and Teacher Toolkit
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 13-19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Join the American Geosciences Institute for a celebration of our home planet during Earth Science Week 2019. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone,” and emphasizes the inclusive potential and the importance of geosciences in the lives of everyone. 

Bring the celebration to your classroom with activities, contests and classroom resources available on the Earth Science Week website. 

For even more classroom resources, order an Earth Science Week Toolkit. This year’s kit includes a NASA “Geoscience Is Everywhere” poster, information about the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a Mars Insight mini-poster, a ruler on Earth observation and space, and more.

 
  Federal Aviation Administration Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExpression of Interest Deadline: Oct. 16
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020Contact: faachallenge@nianet.org 

The Federal Aviation Administration invites university teams to propose solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. Three finalist teams will compete for a $25,000 prize, and will also receive travel reimbursements up to $6,000 to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA Technical Center, and at a technical symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 2020.

2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
Contact: Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov 

The NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

 
  2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Safe Flight for Drones—Designing a System for Urban Air Mobility
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered right now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in designing a safe system for low-altitude air traffic in urban areas. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Electrified Aircraft—Tackling the Challenges of Alternative Propulsion
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making alternatively fueled aircraft a viable option. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

 
  Clean Energy Policy Internship With U.S. Department of Energy
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in gaining valuable experience collaborating on  clean energy partnerships and multiagency collaboration. Participants will work together with top scientists and engineers on policy-related projects while gaining insights into career opportunities. This opportunity takes place in Washington, D.C., and selected participants will receive a stipend.

 

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 26 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.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-27
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

Free Educator Professional Development Workshop: Approaches to Teaching and Fostering Innovation
Audience: Middle School Educators
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27
Workshop Date: Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

The International Astronautical Congress—the world’s premier space conference—is coming to Washington, D.C., in October. Thousands of industry professionals, researchers and students will converge for a week of discussions ranging from space exploration and science, to policy and education. Applications are now being accepted for a day of educator professional development with talks, curriculum sharing and hands-on workshops. Participants will be exposed to a variety of resources, including the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) citizen science program, CloudSat, CanSat and the Tree-Height project.

 
  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27
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.

NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets. 

For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

 
  2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon’s polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life! 

For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

Explore Space Tech: BEST Green Propellant Infusion Mission and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: samuel.garcia@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, learn how to use the engineering design process to build a satellite and test green propellant. Participants will also learn about the current research going on at NASA, specifically the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Online registration is required.

 
  Apply to the Solar System Ambassadors Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassador@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, military bases and consulates overseas are especially encouraged to apply.

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience:
Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback 

Only 4 days left to send YOUR name 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.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.1 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. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Climate Change and Ecosystems
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Oct. 2 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. Learn about project-based learning strategies in environmental science. Participants will have opportunities to practice constructing explanations and solutions from authentic images and data. Explore NASA resources to guide students’ ability to build and use science ideas to develop skills in debating evidence. Online registration is required.

 
  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years” by Dr. Grant Heiken, a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo. Hear stories of his and his colleagues’ tasks in assisting NASA in preparing for the arrival and analysis of rocks and soil from the Moon. 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.

World Space Week 2019
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2019
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. The event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.

 
  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 5
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 5, lunar enthusiasts worldwide take time to admire and celebrate our Moon. This year commemorates 10 years of International Observe the Moon Night. You can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events, and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has details for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to help make your event a success.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  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.

International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

 
  Free Lecture—‘Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95 percent, are invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. Join astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how astronomers are working to map the universe’s dark matter so they can see the effects of dark energy. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—Submit Dust Storm Photos With NASA GLOBE Observer
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

Do you live in an area that has dust storms? The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team would like you to photograph dust events in your area and submit your photos using the GLOBE Observer app. The data collected using the app will be used by scientists to verify satellite observations and see if their models have successfully predicted these dust storms. This is an authentic research opportunity that will help scientists alert communities to better prepare for the harmful impacts of these storms.

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 19, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Launch a New School Year With NASA!
Audience: All Educators
Contact: STEM@mail.nasa.gov 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the school year has launched! That’s not the only launch we’re excited about. Soon, Artemis missions will rocket the first woman and next man to the lunar surface! The “STEM Forward to the Moon Activity Guide” has everything you need to inspire the Artemis generation, complete with hands-on activities about deep space travel that will take us from the Moon to Mars. 

Looking for more NASA resources to give your curriculum a boost? Search through hundreds of lesson plans, videos, educator guides and more. 

Follow us at @NASASTEM on Twitter and don’t miss the NASA STEM board on Pinterest.

Free Educator Professional Development Workshop: Approaches to Teaching and Fostering Innovation
Audience: Middle School Educators
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27
Workshop Date: Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

The International Astronautical Congress—the world’s premier space conference—is coming to Washington, D.C., in October. Thousands of industry professionals, researchers and students will converge for a week of discussions ranging from space exploration and science, to policy and education. Applications are now being accepted for a day of educator professional development with talks, curriculum sharing and hands-on workshops. Participants will be exposed to a variety of resources, including the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) citizen science program, CloudSat, CanSat and the Tree-Height project.

 
  Explore Space Tech: BEST Green Propellant Infusion Mission and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: samuel.garcia@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, learn how to use the engineering design process to build a satellite and test green propellant. Participants will also learn about the current research going on at NASA, specifically the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.1 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. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Climate Change and Ecosystems
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Oct. 2 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. Learn about project-based learning strategies in environmental science. Participants will have opportunities to practice constructing explanations and solutions from authentic images and data. Explore NASA resources to guide students’ ability to build and use science ideas to develop skills in debating evidence. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years” by Dr. Grant Heiken, a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo. Hear stories of his and his colleagues’ tasks in assisting NASA in preparing for the arrival and analysis of rocks and soil from the Moon. 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.

 
  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 5
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 5, lunar enthusiasts worldwide take time to admire and celebrate our Moon. This year commemorates 10 years of International Observe the Moon Night. You can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events, and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has details for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to help make your event a success.

International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

Earth Science Week 2019 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth Science and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that uses creativity and artistic expression to show how you take part in Earth science. Entries must be submitted by mail.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

Earth Science Week 2019 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Many Paths to Earth Science.” Submit a brief, 30- to 90-second original video that shows how people of various backgrounds participate in geoscience. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age worldwide. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview #9
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 19 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. 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.

Free Lecture—‘It Broke! A Story of How We Fixed It
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 19-20 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

After a successful flyby of the asteroid 9969 Braille, the Deep Space 1 spacecraft’s mission was almost cut short by a malfunctioning star tracker used for determining its orientation in zero gravity. Join Dr. Marc Rayman, mission director for Deep Space 1, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how his team repaired and saved a spacecraft that was millions of miles away. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 23
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative seeks applicants for a yearlong internship opportunity for graduate student research assistants. Students will work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the student’s coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.

NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets. 

For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis STEM Challenges website.

 
  Explore Space Tech: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 24 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. Learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a rover. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA. Online registration is required.

Infiniscope Webinar: 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. 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 webinar and learn to build your own adaptive experiences. Register now to save your spot!

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-27
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

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

 
  Explore Space Tech: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 26 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.

 
  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27
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.

2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon’s polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life! 

For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis STEM Challenges website.

 
  Apply to the Solar System Ambassadors Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassador@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, military bases and consulates overseas are especially encouraged to apply.

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience:
Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback 

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.

 
  Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents Apollo at the Park
Audience: Public
Display Dates: Summer and Fall 2019
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is placing 15 replica statues of Neil Armstrong’s iconic spacesuit in Major League Baseball stadiums across the U.S. Visit the site and follow @airandspace on Twitter for updates on where and when you can spot a statue. Fans will be able to unlock exclusive digital content when interacting with the suit. Follow along and share your pictures using #SnapTheSuit.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.

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.

 
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.

 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

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. 

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.

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.

 

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 12, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Countdown to a New School Year With NASA!
Audience: All Students
Contact: STEM@mail.nasa.gov 

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … A new school year is here! Boost your learning with some entertaining activities from NASA. 

Have you heard that we’re sending the first woman and next man to land on the Moon? The Artemis program will take them there! Download and print the “Forward to the Moon With Artemis” Explorer Activities to solve puzzles and learn more about the new rocket and spacecraft that will make the mission possible. 

Want to know even more about Artemis? Check out these stories just for kids.
K-4: https://go.nasa.gov/2kt3xuT
5-8: https://go.nasa.gov/2lC7my1 

Connect with us on the NASA STEM for Students Facebook page and follow @NASASTEM on Twitter.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 23
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative seeks applicants for a yearlong internship opportunity for graduate student research assistants. Students will work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the student’s coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.

 
  Explore Space Tech: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 24 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. Learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a rover. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA. Online registration is required.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-27
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

 
  Explore Space Tech: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 26 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.

 
  Apply to the Solar System Ambassadors Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassador@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, military bases and consulates overseas are especially encouraged to apply.

World Space Week 2019
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2019
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. The event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.

 
  Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

Free Webinar: STEM Professional Development
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring James Harrington from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Mr. Harrington is a computer scientist dedicated to creating sustained educator professional development that builds on recent findings related to teacher learning. He facilitates educator institutes designed to infuse NASA content into customized hands-on project learning based activities to support the mastering of real-life applications of physical science and technology concepts.

 
  Free Webinar: Aligning Robotics Curriculum to Education Standards
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Dr. Bambi Brewer, Director of Engineering at Birdbrain Technologies. Dr. Brewer helps teachers align robotics projects to existing curriculum standards. She helps teachers document and share their successful classroom projects, and create fun new ways to use robotics in the classroom.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon:Design Challenge
Audience: College Students and Faculty at U.S. Higher Education Institutions
Application Deadline: Nov. 5
Contact: SDdesign@nrel.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition comprising 10 contests that challenges student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, teams prepare creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. Qualifying teams present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors during Design Challenge Weekend in April 2020 in Golden, Colorado.

 
  2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.com 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.

 
  International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Students in Grades 8-12
Design Submission Deadlines: March 1, 2020
Contact: celere@lists.nasa.gov 

NASA and Portland State University in Oregon are challenging students to design microgravity experiments investigating capillary action, similar to those conducted on the space station. Teams or individuals create an experiment using a computer-aided design (CAD) template and submit a short proposal presenting the experiment. Selected experiments will be tested in the university’s 2.1-second drop tower, and video results will be made available for analysis and reporting.

STEMonstration: Trusses
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Did you know the International Space Station relies heavily on a series of trusses to withstand the forces it encounters in low-Earth orbit? The truss structure that supports the station is engineered to endure compression, tension, torsion and shear forces found 250 miles above Earth’s surface. In this new episode, Expedition 55/56 flight engineer Ricky Arnold talks about the significance of trusses to the space station as it orbits Earth at approximately 17,500 mph. 

Visit https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations for more educational videos in microgravity aboard the space station, and their accompanying Classroom Connection lesson plans. 

Find more ways to bring resources from the space station into your classroom by checking out NASA’s STEM on Station website.

 
  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.

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!

 
  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.

Explore Space Tech: BEST Satellite and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 17 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. Participants will learn about the International Space Station as a man-made satellite. In addition, participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) activities that focus on using the engineering design process. The BEST Satellite activity tasks students with using the engineering design process to build and launch a satellite made from simple classroom supplies. Online registration is required.

 
  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. 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!

NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Expeditionary Life Skills
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d_s521@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about a series of educational activities designed to take students through educational expeditions that will help them learn life skills that can be applied in almost every aspect of life. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview #9
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 19 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. 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.

Free Lecture—‘It Broke! A Story of How We Fixed It
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 19-20 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

After a successful flyby of the asteroid 9969 Braille, the Deep Space 1 spacecraft’s mission was almost cut short by a malfunctioning star tracker used for determining its orientation in zero gravity. Join Dr. Marc Rayman, mission director for Deep Space 1, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how his team repaired and saved a spacecraft that was millions of miles away. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27
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.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  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.

NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets.

 
  2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon’s polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life!

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience:
Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback 

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.

 

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 5, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Sessions: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. CDT and Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets.

Night Sky Network Webinars: International Observe the Moon Night 2019
Audience: Public
Event Dates: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. PDT and Sept. 11 at Noon PDT
Contact: https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/contact.cfm 

Join the NASA Night Sky Network for a webinar about International Observe the Moon Night. This annual celebration is happening on Oct. 5, and this year’s celebration is extra special as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Webinar participants will learn about resources to enhance everyone’s understanding of our lunar companion. Click the event dates above to register.

 
  Explore Space Tech: BEST Satellite and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 17 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. Participants will learn about the International Space Station as a man-made satellite. In addition, participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) activities that focus on using the engineering design process. The BEST Satellite activity tasks students with using the engineering design process to build and launch a satellite made from simple classroom supplies. Online registration is required.

NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Expeditionary Life Skills
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d_s521@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about a series of educational activities designed to take students through educational expeditions that will help them learn life skills that can be applied in almost every aspect of life. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview #9
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 19 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. 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.

Free Lecture—‘It Broke! A Story of How We Fixed It
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 19-20 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

After a successful flyby of the asteroid 9969 Braille, the Deep Space 1 spacecraft’s mission was almost cut short by a malfunctioning star tracker used for determining its orientation in zero gravity. Join Dr. Marc Rayman, mission director for Deep Space 1, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how his team repaired and saved a spacecraft that was millions of miles away. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

Free Lecture—‘Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95 percent, are invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. Join astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how astronomers are working to map the universe’s dark matter so they can see the effects of dark energy. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Audience:
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
Contact: SARA@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

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!

 
  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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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.

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!

 
  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

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.

 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: Registration for 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge Opens on Aug. 23
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.

2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon’s polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life!

 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

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. 

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.

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.

 

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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