NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 27, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.” — Katherine Johnson, 1918-2020

  New Moon to Mars: Educator Guides Focus on Orion, Space Launch System and Gateway
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8 

Celebrate Digital Learning Day today with three Moon-to-Mars-themed educator guides! Recently released, these guides focus on NASA’s efforts to put the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. Explore Orion, the spacecraft that will shepherd astronauts on their journey with “Crew Transportation With Orion.” Learn about America’s most powerful rocket with “Propulsion With Space Launch System.” Discover the Gateway, NASA’s new habitat that will orbit the Moon, with “Habitation With Gateway.” 

Each guide includes four activities that are aligned to today’s education standards. Whether your students are building an orbital docking system, creating a multi-stage rocket or designing a space habitat, these modules will bring the Artemis program into your classroom!

All About Leap Day!
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-8
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Leap Day is coming up! 

This year, February has 29 days instead of 28. That extra day is leap day, and 2020 is a leap year! Why do we have leap years? Your friends at NASA Space Place explain all things leap year in our latest article. Check it out! 

Educators, try this math problem set for upper-elementary and middle-school students to get them doing the math for themselves.

 
  Solar System Exploration: Teaching Observation and Interference Through Geologic Images
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
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. Learn about activities that introduce students to geologic processes on Earth and explain how to identify geologic features in images. Discover how scientists use Earth to understand other planetary bodies in the solar system better. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s Artemis program—the new lunar exploration program under the broader Moon to Mars exploration theme. The second part of the webinar will cover the educational resources associated with the Artemis program—activity guides, student challenges and educator training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 11 at 6 p.m. EDT
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 Solar System and Beyond: Investigating Strange New Worlds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use real NASA data to explore how telescopes—especially the Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescopes—search for planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. The NASA STEM activities presented investigate how to use telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to interpret data and to construct graphs to determine if a planet beyond our solar system is Earth-like. Online registration is required.

 
  Library of Congress 2020 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 23
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in June-July
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institutes for K-12 educators. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn how to use primary sources in the classroom effectively while exploring digitized historical artifacts and documents on the library’s website. Tuition and materials are free.

Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2020
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 23-27
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of educational web activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. During the week, students will be able to take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more interaction with a chosen scientist. 

Spring 2020 will feature a look at the exciting high-resolution close-ups of the Sun from the Inouye Telescope. And with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

 
  Mechanical Maker Challenge—Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover
Audience:
U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: May 29
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 842 degrees Fahrenheit (450 degrees Celsius) and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical obstacle-detection sensor that could operate under the harsh conditions of Venus. A prize purse totaling $30,000 will be distributed to the top 3 finalists.

Explore Space Technology: Engineering Design 101
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 27 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. Find ways to explore the engineering design process in your classroom and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also, learn more about NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world. Online registration is required.

 
  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.

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.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1
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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 2 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. 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.

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

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

U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for its Energy Storage Internship Program. Participants get 10 weeks of hands-on, practical experience at U.S. national laboratories conducting research related to the development of newer chemistries, battery designs and manufacturing processes needed to usher in changes in energy storage. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate junior or senior, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

 
  Department of Homeland Security’s Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking applications from students interested in participating in 10 weeks of quality research experiences at federal research facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and majoring in a STEM field with interest in homeland security research. Students chosen to participate will receive stipends, housing allowance and travel reimbursements.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 3 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. Participants will get an overview of the newly released “Fantastic Forces” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
  Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 4 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. Take a journey into the solar system and beyond to learn about activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. The NASA STEAM activity “Art and The Cosmic Connection” will be featured during this webinar. Online registration is required.

Endeavor Webinar: Chemistry in the STEM Classroom
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring senior food scientist Xulei Wu from the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Wu leads freeze-drying production at Johnson and conducts research and development work to guarantee the safety, nutrition and palatability of space food. Her specialty is in sensory evaluation, freeze-drying technology, low-moisture food and shelf-life study.

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

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

For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.

 
  NASA Postdoctoral Program Seeks Volunteer Reviewers
Audience: Subject Matter Experts at Least Three Years Past Their Ph.D.
Contact: nppreviews@usra.edu 

NASA is seeking qualified experts to review applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program. Reviewers are matched with proposals based on an online self-evaluation. No travel is required. Typically, two weeks are provided to complete the self-evaluation and an additional two to three weeks for any assigned reviews. Eligible reviewers receive an honorarium of $50 per review and $250 for participation in a virtual panel. 

Reviewers must have completed their doctoral degrees at least three years before registering. Research areas include aeronautics, engineering, astrobiology, astrophysics, biological sciences, cosmochemistry, Earth science, heliophysics, interdisciplinary science, planetary science and technology development. 

If interested in being a reviewer, visit https://npp.usra.edu/reviewer_connect/ to create an account.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar—Better Together: Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool, and team leaders are finding that along with temperature and precipitation information, land cover data is proving to be an important environmental parameter in disease risk modeling. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Pedar Nelson and Rusty Low about how and why collecting land cover and mosquito habitat mapper observations are a nice pairing of information. Register online.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: The Arts in STEM—Advancing Meaningful Integration
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 10 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Robonaut Deputy Project Manager Jonathan Rogers of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rogers focuses on the development of robotic technologies for advancing human spaceflight. He previously developed a robotically assisted spacesuit glove and has most recently led a team to repair, upgrade and return Robonaut to the International Space Station.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: March 13
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens and are 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 academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as sophomores during the 2020-21 academic year.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 13
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering $2,000 scholarships to students at schools in the Virginia Community College System. Applicants must be majoring in a STEM field, and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission, including careers in the aerospace sector. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarships are awarded for the students’ sophomore year.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
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.

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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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 20, 2020

Explorers Wanted: NASA Is Hiring Astronauts
Do YOU have what it takes to join the next astronaut class?

Learn About Ocean Currents!
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Can you go with the flow? 

NASA Space Place’s Go With the Flow game helps students learn about ocean currents. The rules of the game mimic how real ocean currents work. 

Learn about ocean currents and unlock the hidden treasure with Go With the Flow!

NASA Postdoctoral Program Seeks Volunteer Reviewers
Audience: Subject Matter Experts at Least Three Years Past Their Ph.D.
Contact: nppreviews@usra.edu 

NASA is seeking qualified experts to review applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program. Reviewers are matched with proposals based on an online self-evaluation. No travel is required. Typically, two weeks are provided to complete the self-evaluation and an additional two to three weeks for any assigned reviews. Eligible reviewers receive an honorarium of $50 per review and $250 for participation in a virtual panel. 

Reviewers must have completed their doctoral degrees at least three years before registering. Research areas include aeronautics, engineering, astrobiology, astrophysics, biological sciences, cosmochemistry, Earth science, heliophysics, interdisciplinary science, planetary science and technology development. 

If interested in being a reviewer, visit https://npp.usra.edu/reviewer_connect/ to create an account.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 2 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. 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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 3 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. Participants will get an overview of the newly released “Fantastic Forces” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
  Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 4 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. Take a journey into the solar system and beyond to learn about activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. The NASA STEAM activity “Art and The Cosmic Connection” will be featured during this webinar. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar—Better Together: Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool, and team leaders are finding that along with temperature and precipitation information, land cover data is proving to be an important environmental parameter in disease risk modeling. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Pedar Nelson and Rusty Low about how and why collecting land cover and mosquito habitat mapper observations are a nice pairing of information. Register online.

 
  Homeland Security Postdoctoral Fellowship With the Transportation Security Lab
Audience: Graduating Doctoral and Postgraduate Students
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

Are you ready to perform cutting-edge research, collaborate with top scientists and access unique research and facilities at a federal laboratory? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Laboratory is seeking applicants to participate in a new endeavor in synthetic data generation and testing. Selected applicants will work with TSL staff and researchers focused on a two-fold approach involving X-ray and millimeter wave regimes. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. See the website for benefits and eligibility requirements.

‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thurs., Feb. 20. NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering agencywide. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov to learn more.

 
  NASA STEAM: Exploring Ice and Snow With My NASA Data
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 20 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. Learn about My NASA Data, a learning tool that provides interactive technology lessons related to snow and ice. Explore data and images of sea and land ice melt. This webinar will share lesson plans that engage students in problem-solving of real-life events concerning winter storms and snow and ice changes. Online registration is required.

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.

 
  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.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
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.

Explore Space Technology: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 24 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 to learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a rover. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 25 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.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 26 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 Space Technology: Engineering Design 101
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 27 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. Find ways to explore the engineering design process in your classroom and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also, learn more about NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world. Online registration is required.

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.

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.

 
  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.

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

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

 
  U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for its Energy Storage Internship Program. Participants get 10 weeks of hands-on, practical experience at U.S. national laboratories conducting research related to the development of newer chemistries, battery designs and manufacturing processes needed to usher in changes in energy storage. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate junior or senior, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

Department of Homeland Security’s Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking applications from students interested in participating in 10 weeks of quality research experiences at federal research facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and majoring in a STEM field with interest in homeland security research. Students chosen to participate will receive stipends, housing allowance and travel reimbursements.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Chemistry in the STEM Classroom
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring senior food scientist Xulei Wu from the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Wu leads freeze-drying production at Johnson and conducts research and development work to guarantee the safety, nutrition and palatability of space food. Her specialty is in sensory evaluation, freeze-drying technology, low-moisture food and shelf-life study.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
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.

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

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

 2020 Rasc-al Competition
  NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.

Be a Citizen Scientist—Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: April 1-30
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a monthlong citizen science challenge in April 2020. Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers in the challenge.

 

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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 Feb. 13, 2020

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NASA 2020: A Year of Action
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the boundaries of exploration in space and on Earth.
  Printable Valentines From NASA Space Place
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day! 

Looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day cards? Your friends at Space Place have out-of-this world space Valentines for every family member, friend or student on your list! 

Print them from our webpage.

New Education Resources—Peanuts and NASA: Snoopy in Space
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Contact: http://ymiclassroom.com/feedback-peanuts/ 

Inspire your students to reach for the stars! NASA has teamed up with Peanuts Worldwide to send Snoopy and Woodstock on space-themed adventures to explore the International Space Station, travel to the Moon and dream about the journey to Mars. These STEM-focused classroom activity sets for grades K-5 will engage your students with fascinating facts about space exploration while boosting their creative problem-solving skills and reinforcing the value of teamwork.

 
  ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thurs., Feb. 20. NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering agencywide. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov to learn more.

Explore Space Technology: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 24 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 to learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build and test a rover. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 25 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.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 26 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 Space Technology: Engineering Design 101
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 27 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. Find ways to explore the engineering design process in your classroom and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also, learn more about NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world. Online registration is required.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for its Energy Storage Internship Program. Participants get 10 weeks of hands-on, practical experience at U.S. national laboratories conducting research related to the development of newer chemistries, battery designs and manufacturing processes needed to usher in changes in energy storage. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate junior or senior, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

 
  Department of Homeland Security’s Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking applications from students interested in participating in 10 weeks of quality research experiences at federal research facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and majoring in a STEM field with interest in homeland security research. Students chosen to participate will receive stipends, housing allowance and travel reimbursements.

Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut
Application Period: March 2-31
Contact: stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov 

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? As preparations continue for sending the first woman and next man to the Moon, NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. 

Visit the How To Be an Astronaut page to find requirements, frequently asked questions and advice from current astronauts on how to apply.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Chemistry in the STEM Classroom
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring senior food scientist Xulei Wu from the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Wu leads freeze-drying production at Johnson and conducts research and development work to guarantee the safety, nutrition and palatability of space food. Her specialty is in sensory evaluation, freeze-drying technology, low-moisture food and shelf-life study.

Endeavor Webinar: The Arts in STEM—Advancing Meaningful Integration
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 10 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Robonaut Deputy Project Manager Jonathan Rogers of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rogers focuses on the development of robotic technologies for advancing human spaceflight. He previously developed a robotically assisted spacesuit glove and has most recently led a team to repair, upgrade and return Robonaut to the International Space Station.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Life and Marine Science—Tracking Live Marine Animals
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 11 at 9 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring marine biologist Dr. Helen Bailey. She studies protected species to understand their movements and habitat use better, and to inform conservation and management. She has published 50 journal articles, specializing in marine mammals and sea turtles. Dr. Bailey’s research has included studying how bottlenose dolphins interact with their habitats, underwater sound levels and the environmental impact of offshore wind turbines on marine mammals.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: April 1-30
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a monthlong citizen science challenge in April 2020. Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers in the challenge.

Endeavor Webinar: Coding, Robotics and 1:1 Devices
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
April 23 at 9 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Dr. Bambi Brewer, director of engineering at Birdbrain Technologies. Dr. Brewer helps teachers align robotics projects to existing curriculum standards. She helps teachers document and share their successful classroom projects, and create fun new ways to use robotics in the classroom.

 
  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.eduRobots 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 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.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Feb. 18 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 to learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will explore ways to use the engineering design process to build and test a drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 19 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.

 
  NASA STEAM: Exploring Ice and Snow With My NASA Data
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 20 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. Learn about My NASA Data, a learning tool that provides interactive technology lessons related to snow and ice. Explore data and images of sea and land ice melt. This webinar will share lesson plans that engage students in problem-solving of real-life events concerning winter storms and snow and ice changes. Online registration is required.

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.

 
  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.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
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.

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.

 
  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.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
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.

 
  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.

 
  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.

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 Feb. 6, 2020

 

After spending 328 days
(more than an entire school year!)
living and working on the space station, we’re so happy to have you back. 

 

The enthusiasm and joy that you shared during your historic mission inspires us to
follow our STEM dreams! 
 
Space Place Is Here!
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Starting this week, NASA Space Place will be regularly featured in the NASA EXPRESS.NASA Space Place engages and inspires kids online with games, videos, activities and articles. We are so excited to share our student and educator content in our new spot on the EXPRESS! 

Looking for more? Visit us at our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up.

 
  You Can Plan-et: STEM Resources for February Events
Audience: K-12 Educators 

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

Visit the site for resources to incorporate this morning’s Expedition 61 landing into your curriculum. Lessons and activities for Black History Month, National Pizza Day, National Inventors Day, Valentine’s Day, Galileo Day, the anniversary of John Glenn’s orbital flight, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Leap Day are also highlighted. 

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

Explore Space Technology: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Feb. 18 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 to learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will explore ways to use the engineering design process to build and test a drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Online registration is required.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 19 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.

NASA STEAM: Exploring Ice and Snow With My NASA Data
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 20 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. Learn about My NASA Data, a learning tool that provides interactive technology lessons related to snow and ice. Explore data and images of sea and land ice melt. This webinar will share lesson plans that engage students in problem-solving of real-life events concerning winter storms and snow and ice changes. Online registration is required.

 
  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.

 
  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 and 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 pair of free 60-minute webinars. 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.

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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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 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 Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 14
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.

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.

 
  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. Census Bureau—‘Statistics in Schools’ Resources
Audience: Pre-K-12 Educators
Contact: mc@lcer.org 

Looking for ways to spotlight the 2020 Census in your classroom? The U.S. Census Bureau’s new “Statistics in Schools” resources highlight the importance of counting everyone, especially children. “Statistics in Schools” brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for pre-K-12 grade levels. All resources are teacher designed and easy to use. Visit the site to download activities related to mathematics, English, history, geography, sociology and more.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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.

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