NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 26, 2020

Check out the latest NASA activities and opportunities for students, teachers and families.

Hands-On @ Home

Launch a rocket! 🚀
Build a hovercraft! ️️️️🛠 
Solve a puzzle! 🧩

Looking for NASA resources to inspire learning and exploration? Find crafting ideas, science experiments with household items and videos to watch as a family.
Get started with these science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities and projects to do together.

Read a Storybook
About Soil

Color a Lunar Adventure

Design and Build
an Astronaut Lander

For more activities, click here!

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Free Webinars for Educators

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University for a series of free 60-minute webinars.

Upcoming webinars for K-12 and Informal Educators include:

Mobile Apps and More
for College Students Interested in NASA

March 26 at Noon EDT

Modeling the Solar System With STEAM
March 26 at 6 p.m. EDT

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources
March 30 at 6 p.m. EDT

NASA CCRI: Wetlands Resources
March 31 at 6 p.m. EDT

Moon to Mars Resource Overview in Spanish
April 1 at 6 p.m. EDT

Celebrate Earth Day: NASA STEM Activities
April 2 at 5 p.m. EDT

For a full list of upcoming webinars, click here!

Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6

Looking for activities to keep busy at home? Play NASA Space Place’s newest game: DSN Uplink-Downlink!

The Deep Space Network (DSN) comprises big antenna dishes that NASA uses to communicate to its faraway spacecraft. In this game, you use these big antennas to send information to and receive information from NASA’s robotic explorers in the solar system and beyond.

Audience: Educators, Students and Families

Learn about NASA’s Space Launch System and its capabilities while having fun.
Download coloring sheets, a bingo game and more! Materials were developed for use by educators, students, parents, museums, afterschool programs and others. Print as many copies as you need for educational purposes.

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, Grades 3-12

Check out the newest My NASA Data educational resources focused on the interaction of Earth’s geosphere and atmosphere for grades 3-12. These resources include lesson plans, a geographic information system story map, minilessons, data visualizations of NASA Earth data and more! Many of these resources are perfect for online/virtual learning.

Student Payload Opportunity With Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Proposal Deadline: March 27

To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the 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).

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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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

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. Interested communities must inquire no later than March 27.

Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut
Applications Due: March 31

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.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 31

ARISS-US is 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.

Call for Reviewers: NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Proposals
Audience: Subject Matter Experts With Ph.D.s
Application Deadline: April 3

NASA is seeking qualified experts to review proposals for NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Potential reviewers may view the EPSCoR solicitation online in NSPIRES to determine if they’re interested in participating. Volunteers will be asked to review one to three proposals of approximately 20 pages in length. Eligible reviewers who are not civil servants will receive an honorarium of $100 for the first proposal reviewed and $50 for each additional review.

If you are interested, respond at Please also send an email to and indicate your contact information and research area of interest and/or expertise. You should then register at (if already registered on NSPIRES, please confirm your login is still active).

Audience: Design Innovators Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 20

NASA engineers are looking for ways to improve the bucket drum design of the Moon-digging robot called RASSOR, short for Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot. This portion of the robot captures regolith and keeps it from falling out, allowing it to be transported to a designated area. Upload your design ideas for a chance to win cash prizes.

Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 24

University teams are challenged to develop innovative design ideas that will assist NASA’s Moon to Mars mission objectives. Winners will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies, research findings or functional products that bridge strategic knowledge gaps, increase capabilities and lower technology risks related to NASA’s Moon to Mars space exploration missions.

Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: April 30
Event Date: July 12-17

Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a week of training that combines experiential training tools, practices and project-based learning models to explore ways to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers.

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