NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 19, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Happy Holidays from the NASA EXPRESS team!
We will not be sending a newsletter on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.
We hope you enjoy the holiday season, and we look forward to
sharing lots of NASA STEM opportunities with you in 2020!
  Now Available: 2020 Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered when the next full Moon will be? How about the first quarter Moon? Now you can have all the dates and times for all the Moon phases for the year at your fingertips by building your own Moon phases calendar and calculator! Just print, shade, cut and assemble!

Data Analysis and Statistics Internships With National Science Foundation
Audience: Students Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a Data-Science-Related Field
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 full- and part-time internships to collaborate on projects that use expertise from a variety of fields, including survey methodology, survey statistics, economics and other social science disciplines to design, study, implement and conduct national surveys to measure the science and engineering enterprise. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of and learn about research projects, evaluation initiatives, surveys, data collection and specialized analyses. Stipends and allowances will be provided.

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  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Informational Webinars: Jan. 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. EST and Jan. 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. EST
Concept Paper Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool, and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in April 2020. One team will be selected to receive funding to present its idea at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, in June 2020.

Explore Humans in Space: Pressure Suits
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the International Space Station and how NASA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the station. Hear about classroom teachers-turned-astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold and their participation in NASA’s Year of Education on Station (YES). Discover how pressure suits are used to protect pilots and astronauts during flight and space walks. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 8 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.

Explore Humans in Space: Space Food and Nutrition
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 9 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. Explore space food and nutrition with NASA’s “Food for Thought” lesson guide. Investigate nutrition and guide students to construct sample space food meals based on the nutritional needs of astronauts. Explore a menu of STEM classroom activities and other resources to satisfy your students’ STEM appetite. Online registration is required.

 
  STEM on Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to find out. Learn about a series of videos that follow astronauts as they explain their daily routines on the International Space Station. Find out how to use this series of videos and accompanying resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 14 at 6 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 can construct a speaker to amplify sound, and then figure out how 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.

 
  2020 NASA Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Abstract Deadline: Jan. 14, 2020
Advanced Registration Deadline: Feb. 14, 2020
Workshop Dates: April 5-7, 2020
Contact: NASA-FP@nasaprs.com 

With the successful deployment of the Cold Atom Laboratory and plans for a follow-on mission, NASA is seeking the science community’s input regarding future fundamental physics and quantum technology missions that will pioneer new discoveries and support NASA’s exploration vision. The 2020 NASA Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology Workshop will take place in Ventura, California. All interested scientists and researchers are invited to participate. Workshop participants are invited to submit abstracts for contributed talks and posters as part of their registration. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 15 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.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. 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 can construct a speaker to amplify sound, and then figure out how 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.

2020 NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Entering Their Junior or Senior Years and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. PST
Contact: arc-slstp@mail.nasa.gov 

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides professional experience in space life science laboratory or computational projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. This challenging 10-week summer program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. Participants receive a stipend and accommodations. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are age 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher).

 
  Summer Institute—LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Institute Dates: June 21-26, 2020
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2020 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s theme is “Moon to Mars.” Attendees will explore NASA’s plans to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon, using what we learn there as a stepping stone to exploring Mars. Participants will attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tour NASA facilities and receive hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to education standards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year of teaching experience prior to the institute.

U.S. Department of Education’s RISE Award
Audience: K-12 School Faculty and Staff
Nomination Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
Contact: RISE@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award honors and promotes classified school employees who provide exemplary service to students. The governor of each state and the chief executive of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the outlying areas are invited to nominate up to two classified school employees by November 1 annually. The secretary of education will select a single classified school employee from among the nominees to receive the RISE Award by the following spring. The department will recognize the honoree and communicate his or her story in order to inspire excellence and innovative practices among classified school employees and within schools.

 
  New NASA eBook: ‘Earth at Night
Audience: Educators and Students
Contact: winnie.h.humberson@nasa.gov 

Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. “Earth at Night,” NASA’s new 200-page ebook, includes more than 150 images of our planet in darkness as captured from space by Earth-observing satellites and astronauts on the International Space Station over the past 25 years. The book also explains how scientists use observations like these to study our changing planet and aid decision makers in areas such as sustainable energy use and disaster response. 

“Earth at Night” is available in multiple formats for eReaders and in PDF format.

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.

 
  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.

 
  Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation
Audience: Distinguished Scholars Worldwide
Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Contact: scholarly@loc.gov 

The NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation represents an opportunity for high-level scholarship to understand the interface between human society and the scientific exploration of the cosmos. The Blumberg Program is most interested in proposals that consider the philosophical, humanistic, legal, ethical and policy dimensions of exploration. The Chair is in residence at the Kluge Center in Washington, D.C., and is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, literature, media studies or other related fields.

Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2020
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
Contact: doescholars@orise.orau.org 

The 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.

 
 NASA insignia 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.

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.

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.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2020
Contact: mlef@hq.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2020 program. Participants will gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10-week appointment, MLEF fellows will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. This opportunity aims to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. The MLEF Program provides a weekly stipend and participants may be eligible for housing and travel allowances.

 
  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.

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.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate exceptional teachers, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for primary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, 2020. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 competition.

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.

 
  2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration for the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge opened 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. 

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

  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.

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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