NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 30, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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  Celebrate Black History Month With NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 6 for two special programs celebrating Black History month. The first event, at 10 a.m. EST, features panelists discussing three key NASA programs. The second event, at 2 p.m. EST, features STEM panelists discussing their careers at NASA. 

Watch the events live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. We invite you to participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or via the chat window next to the video player.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What To Do With Mosquito Data
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are integrating the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool into their ongoing curricula and afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Dr. Becky Boger as she takes participants on a journey using map tools and data portals to create a context for the data being collected. Register online.

 
  Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. EST)
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make, to flight and space exploration during Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities that will challenge families to be pioneers in space and aviation, hear inspiring stories of African Americans who have overcome challenges and refused to be hidden figures, and enjoy guest speakers as they share their personal tales of triumph.

Explore Space Technology: BEST Satellite and the Engineering Design Process
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 10 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 other NASA satellites. Explore the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and how to use the engineering design process to create and launch a satellite. The activities featured in this webinar align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience:
College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA EPDC’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘The Sun in a New Light’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

The Sun rises and sets at predictable times and provides our planet with light and warmth. But the Sun is so much more! Join physicist Mark Cheung for an exploration of how the latest fleet of science missions are revealing the mysteries of the Sun. See the Sun in all its true colors, and discover how learning about our own star will help us find habitable planets around other stars. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

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

 
  Teaching Eclipses: Using Digital Models to Explore Phenomena
Audience: U.S.-based Formal Educators
Event Date: Feb 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

Infiniscope presents, “Kingdom in Peril,” a three-part learning experience that explores phenomena such as the arrangement of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, shadow size and orbital inclination to present a complete exploration of lunar and solar eclipses for grades 5-8. This unique learning experience uses NASA technology, cloaked in a rich and engaging narrative, to understand key concepts of solar and lunar eclipses. Join us to learn how to implement these digital learning experiences in your classroom for maximum engagement and student growth.

Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Robots are a part of our everyday lives. How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore answers to these questions and more. Also, learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEAM robotic missions, lessons and online resources. Online registration is required.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—Women in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 14 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT)
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Women will have an immense impact on the future of space, aviation and other STEM fields. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a day of hands-on activities for families at the “Women in Aviation and Space” Family Day taking place at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Explore accomplishments by women of the past, and learn what can and will be achieved by women in the future.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘Infrared Exploration With Spitzer’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: March 18 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

After a highly successful 16-year mission, the Spitzer Space Telescope has been retired. Join project scientist Michael Werner for a discussion of Spitzer’s technical innovations and the scientific advances they enabled. See examples of remarkable images captured by Spitzer, and find out how it is setting the stage for future NASA observatories. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘When Did the Universe Begin?’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: April 24 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

A century ago the “Great Debate” was held among astronomers to discuss if galaxies exist. Today, a new debate has arisen: How old is the universe? Join professor Wendy Freedman as she shares her research aimed at measuring the current expansion rate of the universe and what it can tell us about the age of the universe. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘Capturing an Image of a Black Hole’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: May 14 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Black holes are cosmic objects so small and dense that nothing, not even light, can escape their gravitational pull. Until recently, no one had ever seen what a black hole actually looked like. Join Shepard Doeleman as he shares how the Event Horizon Telescope was able to capture the first image of a black hole and discusses the resulting images. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

New Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Available—‘Wetlands’
Audience: High School Educators
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

“Wetlands” is a comprehensive unit plan created in the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative program that introduces students in grades 9-12 to the ecosystem and economic services that wetlands provide. The unit provides hands-on and laboratory investigations that evaluate human impacts on saltmarsh ecosystems while integrating field work activities using GLOBE, My NASA Data and many other NASA educational resources, content and platforms.

 
  Explore Life in Extreme Environments: Life in the Cold and Dark
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore “NASA Resources for Teaching Natural Selection and Adaptation.” From microorganisms to penguins, organisms are uniquely designed for some of the harshest Earth and space environments. Join us as we take a closer look at these extreme environments and the life among them. Online registration is required.

Request for Proposals—NASA Centennial Challenges: Lunar Nutrition Challenge
Audience: Non-profit Organizations
Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Centennial Challenges program, part of the prizes and challenges portfolio within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is seeking to identify potential partner organizations for a challenge on lunar nutrition. Future planetary habitats on the Moon and Mars will require a high degree of self-sufficiency; and long-duration human space exploration will require a sustainable food source. To help solve this problem, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a NASA Centennial Challenge for the public to help NASA create a system capable of providing astronauts with healthy, nutrient-filled food. Visit the Request for Proposals link above for specific information regarding responsibilities and requirements.

 
  2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage students to conduct research in STEM fields. Participants must take part in active faculty-mentored research that aligns with NASA’s mission. Applicants must be enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research STEM Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research in STEM fields. Research should support NASA’s mission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Fellowships are awarded for the 2020-21 academic year and are renewable for one year.

 
Department of Education logo Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31
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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-Plane Glider Challenge
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 4 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 newly released X-Plane Glider Challenge where students use the engineering design process to create an X-plane glider. Participants will review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research and discuss the future of NASA aeronautics innovation including NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the latest research on quiet supersonic flight. Online registration is required.

 
  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
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.

Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’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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  Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-5
Contact: shupla@lpi.usra.edu 

Informal educators, museum staff, scout leaders and others who conduct programs for children or the public are invited to attend the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This free two-day institute will feature presentations by planetary scientists, and will introduce participants to a variety of hands-on activities and resources for engaging public audiences. Participants will be expected to conduct and report on at least two programs that use resources, information or activities from the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: Feb. 5
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  Explore Science Literacy and STEAM Activities With ‘Earth Observatory Kids
Audience:
Educators of Grades 2-8
Event Date:
Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore “Earth Observatory Kids,” NASA’s free publication for students in grades 2-8. During this webinar we will look at science literacy articles and activities, as well as student interactive technology with topics to include: atmosphere, heat, humans, land, life, natural events, remote sensing, snow, ice and water. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture—‘Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Seeing Distant Planets’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 6-7 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by NASA’s Voyager mission, join astronomers Rich Terrile and Rob Zellem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the impact of that image and other distant views of Earth. Learn about the quest to photograph an exoplanet orbiting another star as its own pale blue dot. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

 
  Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience:
College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11 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 learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

 
  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: 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.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: March 1, July 1 and Nov. 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.

 
  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.

Save the Date: 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Are you interested in attending the third annual SPACE Conference hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation? Mark your calendar and make plans to head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for this conference for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

 
  Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 7
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.

2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

 
  2020 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: Feb. 22
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 18-Aug. 1, 2020, or to participate in a virtual project. Participants conduct authentic research while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

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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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 23, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

We are returning to the Moon to stay. Here is how we are going!
While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time.
  Free Lecture—‘Spitzer: Final Voyage
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Jan. 23-24 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

The Spitzer Space Telescope has been observing the universe in infrared light for over 16 years. As the mission comes to a close, join current and former members of the Spitzer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at some of the amazing highlights and the lasting legacy of this incredible observatory. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Informational Webinars: Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. EST and Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

On Feb. 1, ARISS-US will begin accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021. 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. Visit the site for proposal guidelines and forms.

 
  Help Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: Public Worldwide
Voting Deadline: Jan. 27
Contact: support@futureengineers.org 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! 

Students around the U.S. sent in over 28,000 essays with name ideas for the rover. The top nine finalists have been selected, and you get to vote on which one NASA should pick. 

Visit the website to see the selected finalists and to cast your vote! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-Plane Glider Challenge
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 4 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 newly released X-Plane Glider Challenge where students use the engineering design process to create an X-plane glider. Participants will review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research and discuss the future of NASA aeronautics innovation including NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the latest research on quiet supersonic flight. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Science Literacy and STEAM Activities With ‘Earth Observatory Kids
Audience:
Educators of Grades 2-8
Event Date:
Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore “Earth Observatory Kids,” NASA’s free publication for students in grades 2-8. During this webinar we will look at science literacy articles and activities, as well as student interactive technology with topics to include: atmosphere, heat, humans, land, life, natural events, remote sensing, snow, ice and water. Online registration is required.

Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience:
College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture—‘Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Seeing Distant Planets’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 6-7 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by NASA’s Voyager mission, join astronomers Rich Terrile and Rob Zellem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the impact of that image and other distant views of Earth. Learn about the quest to photograph an exoplanet orbiting another star as its own pale blue dot. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

Free Lecture—‘The Search for Life: Exploring Ocean Worlds’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: March 5-6 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

The search for life is civilization-level science. What happens if or when we find it? Join research scientist Dr. Morgan Cable at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the upcoming “Ocean Access” missions. Find out why ocean worlds are important and what the discovery of life could mean to us as a civilization. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

 
  NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit
Audience: Public
Contact: nasasychemission@gmail.com 

Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be. 

The NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit includes free online courses based on the real-world science, engineering, technology and teamwork behind the Psyche mission. Two courses are available, and more will be developed throughout the life of the mission.

Explore Humans in Space: Hazards of Spaceflight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 23 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. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then journey on to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the NASA-developed solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

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

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) 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.

Exploring Earth System Phenomena With ‘My NASA Data’ Resources
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA strives to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. That vision begins by observing our own planet, tracking changes over time and determining how we can respond to those changes effectively. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA Data at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Science Directorate, will provide webinar participants with an introductory overview of My NASA Data, and discuss how educators can leverage NASA Earth systems data resources and bridge these data to support Next Generation Science Standards phenomena-based teaching and learning. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 28 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 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.

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Are you interested in microgravity aboard the International Space Station? Join us as participants will learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29
Contact: nasasarp@baeri.org 

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

Explore Life in Extreme Environments: Life in the Cold and Dark
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore “NASA Resources for Teaching Natural Selection and Adaptation.” From microorganisms to penguins, organisms are uniquely designed for some of the harshest Earth and space environments. Join us as we take a closer look at these extreme environments and the life among them. Online registration is required.

 
  Request for Proposals—NASA Centennial Challenges: Lunar Nutrition Challenge
Audience: Non-profit Organizations
Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Centennial Challenges program, part of the prizes and challenges portfolio within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is seeking to identify potential partner organizations for a challenge on lunar nutrition. Future planetary habitats on the Moon and Mars will require a high degree of self-sufficiency; and long-duration human space exploration will require a sustainable food source. To help solve this problem, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a NASA Centennial Challenge for the public to help NASA create a system capable of providing astronauts with healthy, nutrient-filled food. Visit the Request for Proposals link above for specific information regarding responsibilities and requirements.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage students to conduct research in STEM fields. Participants must take part in active faculty-mentored research that aligns with NASA’s mission. Applicants must be enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year.

 
  2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research STEM Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research in STEM fields. Research should support NASA’s mission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Fellowships are awarded for the 2020-21 academic year and are renewable for one year.

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31
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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  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
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.

Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’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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  Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-5
Contact: shupla@lpi.usra.edu 

Informal educators, museum staff, scout leaders and others who conduct programs for children or the public are invited to attend the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This free two-day institute will feature presentations by planetary scientists, and will introduce participants to a variety of hands-on activities and resources for engaging public audiences. Participants will be expected to conduct and report on at least two programs that use resources, information or activities from the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: Feb. 5
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Audience:
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
Contact: SARA@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11 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 learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

 
  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.

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.

 
  2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Students in Grades 8-12
Design Submission Deadlines: March 1
Contact: celere@lists.nasa.gov 

NASA and Portland State University in Oregon are challenging students to design microgravity experiments investigating capillary action, similar to those conducted on the space station. Teams or individuals create an experiment using a computer-aided design (CAD) template and submit a short proposal presenting the experiment. Selected experiments will be tested in the university’s 2.1-second drop tower, and video results will be made available for analysis and reporting.

 
  Join Today and Get a Postcard From Space: Blue Origin’s Club for the Future
Audience: K-12 Students, Educators and Parents
Contact: clubforfuture@blueorigin.com 

Club for the Future is a nonprofit founded by Blue Origin to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and to help visualize the future of life in space. The organization gathers teachers and K-12 students worldwide to engage in activities giving youth access to space through Blue Origin’s reusable rockets. 

Want to be one of the first humans to receive a postcard from space? Join the club and learn how you can send a postcard on a round-trip visit to space.

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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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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Ready to Take the Next Giant Leap? We Go, as Artemis.
The next frontier isn’t just for the next generation—it’s for this generation.
  Call for Abstracts: 71st International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 71st International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international communities. 

NASA requests that students who have submitted abstracts to the IAF website submit their abstracts to the NASA website by Thurs., Feb. 27 (11:59 p.m. EST). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA. 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in a U.S. university or college by Feb. 27 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

Cosmic Fireworks: Make Your Own Festive Galaxy With NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Feb. 29
Contact: mdussault@cfa.harvard.edu 

Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful image of the iconic starburst galaxy M82. Capture your own real-time telescope image of M82 using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network, or work with an archived set of NASA data files of M82 taken with four multiwavelength space telescope missions: Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and Galex. NASA experts may comment on creations highlighted as standout entries.

 
  Join Today and Get a Postcard From Space: Blue Origin’s Club for the Future
Audience: K-12 Students, Educators and Parents
Contact: clubforfuture@blueorigin.com 

Club for the Future is a nonprofit founded by Blue Origin to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and to help visualize the future of life in space. The organization gathers teachers and K-12 students worldwide to engage in activities giving youth access to space through Blue Origin’s reusable rockets. 

Want to be one of the first humans to receive a postcard from space? Join the club and learn how you can send a postcard on a round-trip visit to space.

MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Informational Webinar: Jan. 16 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.

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

The 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be held April 17-18, 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.

 
  2020 NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Entering Their Junior or Senior Years and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 21 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).

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. EST and Jan. 28 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 pair of free 60-minute webinars 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.

 
  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
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.gov 

The 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.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 22 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: Hazards of Spaceflight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 23 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. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then journey on to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the NASA-developed solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

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

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) 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.

 
  Exploring Earth System Phenomena With ‘My NASA Data’ Resources
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA strives to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. That vision begins by observing our own planet, tracking changes over time and determining how we can respond to those changes effectively. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA Data at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Science Directorate, will provide webinar participants with an introductory overview of My NASA Data, and discuss how educators can leverage NASA Earth systems data resources and bridge these data to support Next Generation Science Standards phenomena-based teaching and learning. Online registration is required.

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Are you interested in microgravity aboard the International Space Station? Join us as participants will learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29
Contact: nasasarp@baeri.org 

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

Explore Life in Extreme Environments: Life in the Cold and Dark
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore “NASA Resources for Teaching Natural Selection and Adaptation.” From microorganisms to penguins, organisms are uniquely designed for some of the harshest Earth and space environments. Join us as we take a closer look at these extreme environments and the life among them. Online registration is required.

 
  Request for Proposals—NASA Centennial Challenges: Lunar Nutrition Challenge
Audience: Non-profit Organizations
Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Centennial Challenges program, part of the prizes and challenges portfolio within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is seeking to identify potential partner organizations for a challenge on lunar nutrition. Future planetary habitats on the Moon and Mars will require a high degree of self-sufficiency; and long-duration human space exploration will require a sustainable food source. To help solve this problem, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a NASA Centennial Challenge for the public to help NASA create a system capable of providing astronauts with healthy, nutrient-filled food. Visit the Request for Proposals link above for specific information regarding responsibilities and requirements.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11 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 learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

 
  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: 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.

Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 7
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.

 
  2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Students in Grades 8-12
Design Submission Deadlines: March 1
Contact: celere@lists.nasa.gov 

NASA and Portland State University in Oregon are challenging students to design microgravity experiments investigating capillary action, similar to those conducted on the space station. Teams or individuals create an experiment using a computer-aided design (CAD) template and submit a short proposal presenting the experiment. Selected experiments will be tested in the university’s 2.1-second drop tower, and video results will be made available for analysis and reporting.

 

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 9, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Launch Into a New Year With NASA
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  You Can Plan-et—STEM Resources for January Events
Audience
: K-12 Educators 

Happy January! Bring this month’s NASA and STEM events into your classroom with resources, activities and more! 

Visit the site for resources to incorporate tomorrow’s Astronaut Candidate Graduation, NASA’s Day of Remembrance and the anniversary of the Explorer 1 satellite launch into your curriculum. 

Want to plan ahead even further? Visit the site for You Can Plan-et calendars and resources for February and March, too.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. EST and Jan. 28 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 pair of free 60-minute webinars 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:
Jan. 22 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: Hazards of Spaceflight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 23 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. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then journey on to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the NASA-developed solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

 
  Exploring Earth System Phenomena With ‘My NASA Data’ Resources
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA strives to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. That vision begins by observing our own planet, tracking changes over time and determining how we can respond to those changes effectively. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA Data at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Science Directorate, will provide webinar participants with an introductory overview of My NASA Data, and discuss how educators can leverage NASA Earth systems data resources and bridge these data to support Next Generation Science Standards phenomena-based teaching and learning. Online registration is required.

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 29 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Are you interested in microgravity aboard the International Space Station? Join us as participants will learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Life in Extreme Environments: Life in the Cold and Dark
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore “NASA Resources for Teaching Natural Selection and Adaptation.” From microorganisms to penguins, organisms are uniquely designed for some of the harshest Earth and space environments. Join us as we take a closer look at these extreme environments and the life among them. Online registration is required.

Request for Proposals—NASA Centennial Challenges: Lunar Nutrition Challenge
Audience: Non-profit Organizations
Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Centennial Challenges program, part of the prizes and challenges portfolio within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is seeking to identify potential partner organizations for a challenge on lunar nutrition. Future planetary habitats on the Moon and Mars will require a high degree of self-sufficiency; and long-duration human space exploration will require a sustainable food source. To help solve this problem, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a NASA Centennial Challenge for the public to help NASA create a system capable of providing astronauts with healthy, nutrient-filled food. Visit the Request for Proposals link above for specific information regarding responsibilities and requirements.

 
  Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-5
Contact: shupla@lpi.usra.edu 

Informal educators, museum staff, scout leaders and others who conduct programs for children or the public are invited to attend the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This free two-day institute will feature presentations by planetary scientists, and will introduce participants to a variety of hands-on activities and resources for engaging public audiences. Participants will be expected to conduct and report on at least two programs that use resources, information or activities from the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: Feb. 5
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  2020 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: Feb. 22
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 18-Aug. 1, 2020, or to participate in a virtual project. Participants conduct authentic research while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

Celebrate Diversity With New Video: ‘Full Spectrum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: bmendez@ssl.berkeley.edu 

The popular image of a scientist is an older white man wearing a white lab coat holding a flask of bubbling-colored liquids. The reality in the space sciences is that about 80% of faculty are indeed white men. A new short film from the Multiverse team features space scientists who are changing the social image of who does science. Learn some of their perspectives on the challenges of diversity in the physical sciences.

 
  U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 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.

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.

 
  2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10
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
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.

 
  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.

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
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.

 
  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
Advanced Registration Deadline: Feb. 14
Workshop Dates: April 5-7
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.

 
  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
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.

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.

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

 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience:
K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15
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.

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

The 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be held April 17-18, 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.

2020 NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Entering Their Junior or Senior Years and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 21 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).

 
  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
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.gov 

The 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.

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31
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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 NASA insignia Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’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.

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!

 
  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Informational Webinar: Jan. 16 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.

NASA WEAR Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24
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.

 
  2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29
Contact: nasasarp@baeri.org 

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

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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