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. 

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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.

 

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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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