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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Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://ciencia.nasa.gov.

 
 
 
 

 


Visit NASA STEM Engagement on the Web:
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: https://stem.nasa.gov
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/forstudents
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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