NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 12, 2019

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  NASA’s Langley Research Center 2020 Student Art Contest
Audience:
K-12 Students in the U.S.
Entry Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: larc-art-contest@mail.nasa.gov 

Calling all artists in grades K-12! NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites you to take part in its 2020 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “We Are Going” and encourages you, the Artemis generation, to illustrate your vision of NASA’s efforts to land the first woman and next man on the Moon. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus, a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.

xView2 Challenge—Automatically Assess Damaged Buildings After a Disaster
Audience:
Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: xview@diu.mil 

Quickly identifying disaster-damaged buildings can be the difference between life and death. Being able to do this remotely cuts down on risks to emergency responders. NASA Earth Applied Sciences’ Disasters Program has joined forces with the Defense Innovation Unit, part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Research and Engineering Enterprise, to challenge the computer vision community to create automated or semi-automated processes to quickly identify damaged buildings in satellite and aerial images. Top solvers will be eligible for $150,000 in cash awards and considered for follow-on prototyping work.

 
  Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

Infiniscope invites you to apply to become an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member. The advisory board tests, reviews and gives feedback on educational products developed by Infiniscope. If you are passionate about science education and the power of technology to engage learners, we want you! Board members are eligible to receive an annual stipend of up to $1,000, clock hours for professional development and training. Apply here.

Grant Funding Available: Environmental Education Projects
Audience:
Education Agencies, Nonprofits, Noncommercial Education Entities
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: EEgrants@epa.gov 

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals for locally focused environmental education projects to receive funding under the 2020 Environmental Education Grant Program. A pool of $3 million in funding is available, and EPA will award three to four grants in each of the agency’s 10 regions. 

EPA is also seeking volunteers to review grant applications. If you are not applying for a 2020 grant, have no other conflict of interest and have experience in the environmental education field, you can volunteer by sending a resume to the contact email address listed above.

 
  Math Sciences Internship for Doctoral Students With National Science Foundation
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 13, 2020
Contact: NSF-MSGI@orise.orau.gov 

The National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship program is seeking applicants for a 10-week opportunity to apply advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to real-world problems. Internships take place at federal national laboratories and research facilities. Stipends and allowances will be provided. U.S. citizenship is not required. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or applied mathematics. First year doctoral students are eligible to apply.

U.S. Department of Energy: Early Career Research Experience With Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovators
Audience: Early Career Innovators
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges in Alaska. The appointment is for two years. During your first-year appointment, you will be expected to spend the first three to four months at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the balance of your time at a DOE National Laboratory. The second year is dependent on funding availability and your ability to meet program expectations. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents who have completed requirements for or received a master’s or doctorate in a STEM field.

 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience:
K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public-interest groups and youth organizations. Winning projects have included a range of activities such as creating videos, skits and newsletters focused on environmental issues, recycling in schools and communities, restoring native habitats and planting trees. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience:
Full-time Public Educators of Grades K-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: PIAEE@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

 
  Space Is Hard: Teaching Radiation Biology With Problem-Based Learning Strategies
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Radiation biology examines the effects of radiation on living systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore ways to radiation biology with problem-based learning strategies. Participants will have access to lesson plans that provide hands-on investigations that encourage the use of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, problem-solving and inquiry skills. The activities shared will provide a general framework that can be modified based on student needs and classroom resources. Online registration is required.

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. 

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

 
  Host an Hour of Code on the Moon With NASA and Tynker
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Dates: Dec. 9-15
Contact: info@tynker.com 

Celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week with Tynker’s seven space-themed coding activities created in collaboration with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Inspire your students to get creative as they solve exciting coding challenges in space, design their own lunar habitat and even program a Moon rover. 

Step-by-step instructions and sample code allow students of any experience level to participate. Beginners may use Tynker Blocks, and more experienced students may use JavaScript to complete the examples. Standards-aligned lesson guides and additional NASA resources are included for teachers. All Hour of Code activities from Tynker are free.

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.gov 

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.

 
  ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.edu 

In 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!

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.

  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: 

Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & 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.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: fusion@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

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.gov 

NASA 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.

 
Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 17 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 Engagement & 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 continue 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:
Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & 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.

 
  eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.

Explore Moon to Mars: Life Sciences in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

As humans journey to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustained life support during each mission. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA STEAM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey beyond Earth alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.com 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.

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 Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 2020, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov 

Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry. 

During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: amfksc@gmail.com 

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 
  Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

Proposal Writing Workshop—The 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Jan. 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.gov 

The 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 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is required.

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  NASA WEAR Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
Contact: JSC-EPD@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge starts today, Dec. 5. The challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear

Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.

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.

 

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Are you looking for NASA STEM materials to support your curriculum?
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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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