NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 24, 2019

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  Request for Information: National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health—Enhancing Gender Equity Prize
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: ORWHprize@od.nih.gov 

Though parity is being reached between men and women at the graduate level in the biomedical sciences and in medical schools, women remain underrepresented at the faculty level in science and medicine, particularly in mid to senior levels. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health is seeking feedback on a proposed prize competition that aims to recognize institutions that have demonstrated commitment to systemically addressing faculty diversity and equity issues within the biomedical and behavioral science departments.

Commercial Crew 2020 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2020 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Nov. 5-8
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 Solar System: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. EST
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 the solar system and activities that incorporate art into the STEM classroom. “Art and the Cosmic Connection” offers a terrific bridge between Earth and space science, as well as a wonderful dive into the potential of science to inspire art, and art to empower science! Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 12
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. EST
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.

Explore Solar System and Beyond With STEAM and Models
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

 
  NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 Schools and School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; Community-based Organizations; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Nov. 25 (Priority 1); Feb 11 (Priority 2)
Contact: oed.grants@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and K-12 students’ knowledge of ways to make their communities more resilient to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build environmental literacy necessary for community resilience to the weather and other environmental hazards associated with a community’s location.

 

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.

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

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

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

2020 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
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.

 
  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
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

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:
Oct. 28: Preparing to Launch America
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

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
Contact:
samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

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
Contact: emartinez@imsa.edu 

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!

Watch Space Station Astronauts Speak With Students
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

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. 

The next opportunity to watch astronauts speak with students on Earth is: 

Oct. 29, 2019: Astronaut Jessica Meir will chat with students at Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit #39, Caribou, Maine. 

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.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 29 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 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
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 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.

 
  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 Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
Contact: npphelp@usra.edu 

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.

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.

 
  Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.org 

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!

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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

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!

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.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

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.

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.

 
  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 comprises 10 contests that challenge student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, collegiate 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.

 

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Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://ciencia.nasa.gov.

 
 
 
 

 


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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