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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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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