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  Download and Print—“Year of STEM Engagement” Lists
Audience
: K-8 Educators 

Make this your best year of teaching so far! Plan a year of engaging activities to get your students excited about real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Download these printable lists featuring a variety of ways you can incorporate NASA and its partners into your school year. Some of these opportunities take minutes, and some require more planning. 

Let this be a year of authentic learning with NASA STEM Engagement. 

K-4 Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators/k-4/a-year-of-stem.html 

5-8 Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators/5-8/a-year-of-stem.html

Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

NASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere and Clouds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

NASA’s fleet of satellites, airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about clouds and contrails using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection, the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that 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. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 11
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about the companies, vehicles, crew and STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” Live Broadcast From the International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Young Professionals
Event Date: Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: katherine.m.brown@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Artemis program is launching the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, and we want you to join us. “NASA STEM Presents: Space & STEM—Where Do You Fit In?” will be broadcast live on NASA TV from the International Astronautical Congress on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Engage with NASA leadership and a panel of young professionals who will share their NASA journeys and what steps you can take to achieve your STEM career goals. 

Get involved by hosting a watch party, following #JoinArtemis and #IAC2019 and submitting your questions for the leadership and young professional panels using #AskNASA on Twitter.

 
  Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Oct. 24 at 6:00 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 hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms. This webinar will guide you in strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions, STEAM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges into your classroom instruction. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Webinar: Looking at Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to a free series of webinars about the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign. This campaign focuses on the impact urbanization has on Earth’s surface temperature and how surface temperature changes the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Join Dr. Kevin Czajkowski to discuss data you can collect in your neighborhood and what it means. Register online.

 
  Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: experts@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2020
Contact: mlef@hq.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2020 program. Participants will gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10-week appointment, MLEF fellows will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. This opportunity aims to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. The MLEF Program provides a weekly stipend and participants may be eligible for housing and travel allowances.

 
  Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 7, 2020
Contact: info@cubesinspace.com 

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, along with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodledu Inc. are offering a free STEAM education program for students ages 11-18. Cubes in Space lets students design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Selected student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June 2020, or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Flight Facility in New Mexico in late August 2020.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to a free series of webinars about the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign. This campaign focuses on the impact urbanization has on Earth’s surface temperature and how surface temperature changes the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Join Dr. Kevin Czajkowski to learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate exceptional teachers, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for primary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, 2020. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 competition.

GLOBE Webinar: Presenting Your Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign Research
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: April 21, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to a free series of webinars about the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign. This campaign focuses on the impact urbanization has on Earth’s surface temperature and how surface temperature changes the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Join Dr. Kevin Czajkowski to learn how to reduce the surface temperature in your neighborhood and how to present your research and data. Register online.

 

 

  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.

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!

 
  Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Through 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.

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.

 
 NASA insignia Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
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.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@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.

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

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.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. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

 
  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.

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.

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’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

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.

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.

 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures.

This call for graduate student-developed space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative research and improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing a pipeline of cutting-edge space technologies.

2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
International Team Registration Deadline: Dec. 12
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration for the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will open on Oct. 10. The competition will be held April 17-18, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country will be accepted. 

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

 
  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.

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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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