NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 7, 2019

 NCSES logo Opportunity in Statistics Research With National Science Foundation
Audience: U.S. Citizens Who Have Received or Expect to Complete All Requirements for a Master’s or Doctoral Degree
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: SciEdPrograms@orau.org

The National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics is seeking applicants for a one-year opportunity to conduct statistics research, analysis and data visualization. Participants will be part of a data collection program searching for and analyzing key trends and patterns, and visualizing analyses in novel and informative ways. Stipends and allowances will be provided. For full details and application information, visit https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NSF-NCSES-2019-0001.

Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead With NASA
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 14 at Noon PST
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.org

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar to explore free NASA resources along with accompanying exemplary practices. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA’s Universe of Learning team, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the best ways to support your program efforts using the “Girls STEAM Ahead” with NASA materials. Visit the website for complete webinar details and registration information.

 Girls STEAM Ahead
Searching for Shadows Searching for Shadows: Hunting and Exploring Exoplanets
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12
Event Date: Nov.18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov

Since the first exoplanet was discovered two decades ago, some 4,000 planets have been confirmed to orbit other stars—from Jupiter-like planets to rocky, Earth-sized worlds. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to trace the history of exoplanets, learn about NASA missions dedicated to discovering new worlds and explore educational resources designed to inspire future planet hunters. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. EST
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. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.13 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. 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. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
Planet Stewards Join the NOAA Planet Stewards 2020 Stewardship Community
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-Higher Education
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards Education Project is accepting applications for its 2020 Stewardships Community. This network supports the development and implementation of hands-on, action-based projects. Participants receive one-on-one guidance on designing, implementing and evaluating an environmental stewardship project, and writing for a federal funding opportunity. Those who successfully complete the program’s requirements are eligible to apply for $2,500 in funding support.

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: CyberAwards@ed.gov

Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented annually to two educators, one elementary and one secondary, who instill in their students the skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects. Recipients will receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, the secretary of education and the director of the National Science Foundation. Winners will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and professional development opportunities. Educators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools and tribal areas are eligible to apply or be nominated. Anyone (e.g. principals, superintendents, parents, etc.) may nominate an educator for this honor; self-nominations are permitted as well.

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Citizen Science Project: Silent Earth Citizen Science Project: Silent Earth
Audience: Educators and Students
Contact: sten.f.odenwald@nasa.gov

Use your smartphone to help scientists map the quietest places in the world. The Silent Earth Project lets you measure sound levels at your location and enter your data on a world map to share with others. Discover the quietest outdoor places in your town, rural location or favorite vacation spot. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.

 

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.

 
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: Teaching Project-Based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources that can be used for planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-Based learning standards using examples from NASA websites and lesson plans. Participants will be introduced to multiple solar system resources that will help students develop purposeful questions. Online registration is required.

202 Drop Tower 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.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. EST
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. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

 
 Globe: Urban Heat 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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.13 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. 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. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu

Is there life beyond Earth? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that will feature NASA STEAM lessons that can be used to explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research-developed definition of “life.” Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.

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.

 
Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
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. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!

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:
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.

 
2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.org

The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges 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.

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

  On-Demand Webinars: Institute of Education Sciences Research Funding Opportunities
Audience: Education Researchers and Institutions Interested in Funding Opportunities
Contact: contact.ies@ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is hosting a series of on-demand webinars for those interested in fiscal year 2020 research funding opportunities. Topics include choosing the funding opportunity that best reflects your research, writing an IES research grant, applying for grants and more. The webinars are presented by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER). Available resources include presentations, transcripts and closed-caption video recordings.

 

 

NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge—Phase Two
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: questions@co2conversionchallenge.org

Phase Two of the NASA Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion Challenge invites members of the public, academia and industry to build a system demonstrating the conversion of CO2 with hydrogen—without the use of plants—to produce simple sugar molecules known as D-sugars. A $750,000 prize purse is available for this phase of the challenge. Participation in phase one is not required to participate in phase two. Visit the website for registration information and challenge details.

 CO2 Challenge
 2020 Rasc-al Competition 2020 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2020
Contact: rascal@nianet.org

The 2020 RASC-AL competition invites university teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future human missions to Mars in one of five themes: South Pole Multi-purpose Rover; International Space Station as a Mars Mission Analog; Short Surface Stay Mars Mission; Commercial Cislunar Space Development; and Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Science Payloads on the Gateway and/or Mars Deep Space Transport. Up to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2020 RASC-AL Forum.For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

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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
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