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|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
Calling the Artemis generation! NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, and we want you to be a part of it. “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. Hear from NASA leadership and a panel of young professionals who will share what inspired them to work in STEM, the work they do and the goals they still hope to achieve.
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.
|Watch Space Station Astronauts Speak With Students
Audience: STEM Educators
An In-flight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
There are two opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on Earth during October.
Oct. 23, 2019: Astronaut Andrew Morgan will chat with students at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
To learn how to view these events, or to watch videos of archived downlinks, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.
|Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.
Upcoming virtual tours include:
Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
|Explore Earth: NASA Earth Science Missions
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the various NASA missions that help scientists better understand our home planet. Explore the technology NASA uses to make global observations that help us map the connections between our planet’s vital processes. Discover lessons designed to engage and excite students in exploring real world science. Online registration is required.
|The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: Oct. 28
Event Date: Nov. 20
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to host the Great Water Design Challenge, tasking student teams with researching innovative solutions to the growing demands on water supplies. Teams will choose from five challenge topics, and will have access to research, prototyping and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. The challenge is open to teams of three to four high school students, and each team must have a faculty sponsor. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Space is limited to the first 20 teams, so register today!
|Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about water and the hydrologic cycle using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This international science and education program provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.
|Explore Earth: STEAM Lessons in Elementary GLOBE
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date: Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth-system studies. Explore classroom STEAM learning activities available from the Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Online registration is required.
|Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
The National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!
|NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!
|Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.
|U.S. Department of Energy: Doctoral Thesis Research Opportunity in Marine Energy, Hydrokinetic
Audience: Full-time Doctoral Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications from students interested in advancing their doctoral thesis using the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories and facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
|Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative.The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics.
For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.
|Save the Date: 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 8-10, 2020
Are you interested in attending the third annual SPACE Conference hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation? Mark your calendar and make plans to head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for this conference for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.
|Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
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.
|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
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.
|Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
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
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
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
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’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date: Oct. 18-20
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!
|Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere and Clouds
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
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.
|Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
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!
|Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT
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.
|Free Webinar: STEM Professional Development
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
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.
|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
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.
|Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
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.
|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.
|2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25
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 Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
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 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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.
|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
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.
|Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
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.
|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
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
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.
|New Resources From NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft’s Hacking STEM
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
The International Space Station is a research laboratory where astronauts live and work, testing technologies for future missions to the Moon and Mars, and learning more about our home planet. Next year is the 20th anniversary of humans living off-planet aboard the space station. To celebrate, NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft Education have partnered to develop eight new lesson plans to introduce students to challenges astronauts face living in space. These standards-aligned lessons challenge middle school and high school students to design in 3D, analyze data, build sensors, use virtual reality and work with machine learning and artificial intelligence.
|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 Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
Summer 2020—March 8
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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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
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