NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 14, 2019

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  Micro-G NExT Student Inspired Tool Ready for Spacewalk
Audience: Public, All Educators, Undergraduate Students and STEM Groups
Event Date: Nov. 22 at 6:05 a.m. CST
Contact: jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.govDid you know undergraduate students are contributing to NASA missions? The zip-tie cutter designed by Lone Star College-CyFair students will be used in an upcoming spacewalk. Broadcast of the spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will air live on NASA TV on Nov. 22 at 6:05 a.m. CST. The student team designed the tool as part of Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams, a NASA opportunity that challenges students to design and build solutions for current space exploration missions.

Learn how you—the #Artemis generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

NASA STEM Activities: Forward to the Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA plans to go forward to the Moon by 2024. Learn about K-12 STEM activities that will enhance classroom instruction involving this topic.

Activities include:
—Demonstrating sizes and distances of Earth.
—Making a water filtration system.
—Designing a lunar habitat.
—Simulating finding oxygen on the Moon.
—Making balloon rockets with a payload.
—Simulating gravity with magnets.

Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. 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.
Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Pre-Proposal Informational Teleconference: Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.govNASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Each proposal must identify a student seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in Earth and space sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposers may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.
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  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.govNASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2020
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
Contact: doescholars@orise.orau.orgThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program introduces college students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission and operations. Participants apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DOE complex. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Internships typically last 10 weeks during the summer, and stipends are provided.
 
  U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management—2020 Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Accredited Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.govThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management is seeking applicants for 10-week summer internships at the DOE’s National Laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts. Students also will be involved in enrichment activities that may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops and lectures. A stipend or salary will be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

 

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.orgThe 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.
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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.eduIs 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.govNASA 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.orgThe 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. The 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.govStart 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.

 
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.eduAs 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.eduJoin 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: Shape Your Flight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.21 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore geometry and its relation to aircraft design through the newly released “Shape Your Flight” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight using different materials and shapes to determine which are the most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. Take a look back at the history of X-Planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.
 
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.orgThe 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.comARISS-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 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Fellowship Program
Audience: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. A variety of fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers are available. Applicants should state how they intend to use the museum’s collections and facilities. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.
Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.govComputer 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.

 
  2019-20 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadlines:
Mission Universe: Dec. 1
Mission Solar System: Dec. 1
Mission Sun: March 1, 2020
Mission Earth: March 1, 2020
Contact: OPSPARC@privo.comNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites students to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). This year’s challenge features four new missions that demonstrate how NASA spinoffs are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS. OPSPARC encourages students to channel their inner entrepreneur and solve the world’s problems by creating their own spinoff concepts. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

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Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.
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  ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.eduIn the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!

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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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