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.

 

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *