NASA Education Express Message — Nov. 16, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard — Can We Please Just Get Along?
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered how #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba and his space station crewmates learn to get along so well? To prepare for spaceflight missions, astronauts learn and practice critical “people skills” like how to work as a team, how to communicate effectively, and how to make the most of each other’s differences. The training flow is called Expeditionary Skills, and it has been adapted for use with students – including video messages from astronauts and grade-level appropriate lesson plans.

Find more ways to get involved during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.

Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: Nov. 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar overview of the Sally Ride EarthKAM program. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, middle school students request images of specific locations on Earth. EarthKAM includes a collection of images, accompanying activities and resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Online registration is required.

 
  NOAA’s Planet Stewards Education Project
Audience:
K-12, Higher Education and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 27, 2017
Contact: Bruce.Moravchik@NOAA.GOV 

The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project seeks applications from formal and informal educators working with elementary- through university-age students to join the 2018 Stewardship Community. Accepted educators will take part in professional development and will receive collaborative tools and support to develop a stewardship project. Projects should be hands-on and action-based to conserve, restore, or protect human communities and natural resources related to NOAA’s mission.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2017-2018 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
New Registration Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio is hosting a 2017-2018 University Student Design Challenge with aeronautics and space themes. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to Glenn subject matter experts who will serve as mentors for the student teams.

 
  Help Nickname New Horizons’ Next Flyby Target
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: 3 p.m. EST on Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: laura.l.cantillo@nasa.gov 

On New Year’s Day 2019, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past a small, frozen world at the outer edge of our solar system. Officially, the small world is known as “(486958) 2014 MU69.” NASA and the New Horizons team are asking for help in giving “MU69” a nickname. Visit the site to submit ideas and to vote on names currently under consideration. Submissions and voting closes at 3 p.m. EST/noon PST on Dec. 1, 2017. NASA and the New Horizons team will announce the winning nickname in January.

eCYBERMISSION Competition, Sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Registration Deadline: Dec. 13, 2017
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their community and use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.

 
  Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2018
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Postgraduates
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: doescholars@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program introduces college students and recent college graduates to the Department of Energy’s mission and operations. Participants apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Internships typically last 10 weeks during the summer months, and stipends are provided.

Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty Members at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 29, 2017
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions provides faculty and student research teams the opportunity to do research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at an eligible MSI at the time of application. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a team application including a research project proposal developed in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and applications from one or two qualified students.

 
  Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Innovators Program
Audience: Recent College Graduates (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Application Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018
Contact: DOE-RPP@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Innovators Program enables recent graduates to do research on solutions to the challenges faced in the deployment of solar energy. Innovators will work with a mentor at a utility, energy service provider, or electric public utility commission currently conducting research related to the integration of solar energy onto the electricity grid. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Appointments are for up to two years, and stipends are provided.

2018-2019 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 1, 2018
Earth Science Contact: claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov
Space Science Contact: mnorris@nasa.gov 

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is accepting proposals for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications must be from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. NASA will award training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as principal investigator. The maximum NESSF award is $45,000 per year.

 
  Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: Comets
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. EST
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to learn about comets with hands-on activities. Participants will get an overview of assessment strategies, including a discussion of specific applications of these strategies, and NASA STEM comet resources for the classroom. Online registration is required.

2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.gov 

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.

 
  2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

This engineering design and technology demonstration contest challenges teams to design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate in a multi-day competition in June 2018 at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In addition to the technology demonstrations, participation includes the submission of a technical paper and poster presentation to NASA and industry judges that details the team concept’s “path-to-fight” (i.e. essential modifications required to operate their system on Mars).

Fly Your Exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Nov. 20, 2017
Contact: GSFC-TESS@mail.nasa.gov 

Set to launch in June 2018, TESS is an explorer-class planet finder and will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants. As the TESS team prepares for launch, it invites the public to ponder what exoplanets might look like and share their ideas in the form of sketches and graphics. This opportunity is open to all ages and skill levels.

 Line drawing of an exoplanet
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 21, 2017
Contact: Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2018 and 2021. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline for Presentations: Nov. 30, 2017
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org 

Save the date for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or SPACE, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This conference is for K-12 educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content. 

Are you interested in presenting at the conference? Presentation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2017, for priority review. Proposals received after this date will be reviewed based on availability.

 
  Aviation Space Writers Foundation Award
Audience:
Researchers of Aerospace Topics
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.edu 

The National Air and Space Museum is offering a $5,000 grant to support research on aerospace topics that results in a product suitable for potential public dissemination in print, electronic, broadcast or other visual medium. Potential topics include contemporary aviation or space events of interest to the public; significant persons, historical events or trends that illuminate the history of human flight in air and space; records; or compendia of aerospace source material.

Free Educator Workshop — Network of States II: Classroom Lunacy and EV3 Robotics
Audience: NASA Network of States Educators Phase 2 and In-service STEM Educators of Grades 5-12 Interested in Joining the NASA Network of States Educator Institute
Registration Deadline: Dec. 4, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Dec. 9, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free workshop to train in the use and security of lunar and meteorite sample disks. Workshop participants will be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite sample disks from NASA for use in the classroom. The workshop also will include a short EV3 robotics follow-up training session. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

 
  BIG Idea Challenge 2018
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design, installation and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia or NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The winning team will receive NASA internship offers.

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut — Walk Around the Earth Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: Oct. 2 – Dec. 7, 2017
Contact: nubia.a.carvajal@nasa.gov 

To prepare for an Earth-to-moon journey in 2018, online mascot Astro Charlie is making a trip around Earth. Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers to work together to perform activities that will move Astro Charlie the 66 million steps required to walk around Earth! That’s 25,000 miles, or 40,000 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the globe-trotting goal.

 
  Future Engineers: Two for the Crew Challenge
Audience: K-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Dec. 19, 2017
Contact: info@futureengineers.org 

Calling all students! Use your ingenuity to create a tool that combines the functions of two objects already being used by crew aboard the International Space Station! Visit the challenge website to find out about space station tools and to get brainstorming resources to help you create a design. The site provides links to free 3-D design software. The winning design will be 3-D printed on the station. Prizes include “3-D Printing in Space” prize packs, a 3-D printer for your school and a trip to Washington, D.C.!

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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. http://nasawavelength.org/

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.

Take part in a Year of Education on Station. September 2017 – September 2018: Although on different crews, astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold – both former teachers – will work aboard the International Space Station. Visit NASA’s A Year of Education on Station website for out-of-this-world resources and opportunities for K-16 students and educators.

Do you just want to receive weekly updates on NASA Education opportunities relating to science? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” newsletter for science opportunities delivered to your inbox “Weekly on Wednesdays!” https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/

FOLLOW, SHARE, AND BE A PART OF THE STEM EDUCATION CONVERSATION WITH NASA!

 


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For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express Message — Nov. 9, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  #TeacherOnBoard — How Does Your Garden Grow?
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

In late October, astronaut Joe Acaba harvested three types of lettuce, giving himself and his crew the ingredients for a salad. Gardening on the space station is the latest step toward growing food on long-duration missions like the trip to Mars. The lettuce was harvested as part of the Veggie, or Veg-03, experiment and is just one example of cool science that astronauts are working on. 

Download the Space Station Research App to view current space station research and how it is impacting our world.
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Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: My NASA Data
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Nov. 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar featuring an overview of the My NASA Data website. Participants will explore resources that use authentic data on topics from climate system interactions to ocean ecology to forest fires. Use of the Live Access Server for data analysis also will be discussed. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Mathematics: Linking Math and Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 14, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Space Mathematics is a two-part series designed to help educators make the critical linkage between mathematics and science. In this session, “Part 1 — Linking Math and Science,” participants will survey some of the available NASA resources and discuss the use of science as a vehicle for mathematics instruction. Online registration is required.

Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: The Scoop on Soil
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore the GLOBE program. Participants will learn how to bring outdoor inquiry-based experiences to students. Learn how NASA’s SMAP mission collects data about soil moisture. Explore the Elementary GLOBE resources including teacher guides, protocols, activities, storybooks and related STEM activities designed for grades K-12. Online registration is required.

 
  Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: Comets
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. EST
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to learn about comets with hands-on activities. Participants will get an overview of assessment strategies, including a discussion of specific applications of these strategies, and NASA STEM comet resources for the classroom. Online registration is required.

2018 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Dates: June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018
Contact: Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov 

The NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. Applicants must work full time at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified male and female faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

 
  Be a Mosquito Habitat Mapper With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Dates: Now Through Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.gov 

Citizen scientists can use the “GLOBE Observer” app, available for Apple and Android phones, to help those who are working to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. The app helps users identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites. This local, ground-based information helps NASA by supporting satellite-based research of environmental conditions that indicate possible outbreaks of mosquitoes.

NASA’s 2018 Drop Tower Challenge: Microgravity Expulsion From Water
Audience: 9-12 Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

NASA challenges teams of high school students to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity but will be expelled as far as possible out of water during free fall in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower at Glenn Research Center. The expulsion must result from hydrophobic surface properties of the object. Top-performing teams will be invited to present their results in a poster session at the 2018 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Visit the website to learn more.

 
  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.gov 

VESSS is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. Participants will complete seven web-based modules and a final project. Those who perform well in the online course may be selected for a one-week residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Participants will be eligible to receive college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College with costs underwritten by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

Free Educator Workshop — Technology Drives Exploration: NASA Technology and Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Registration Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov 

Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free, activity-filled technology and engineering workshop highlighting NASA’s cutting-edge space exploration missions. Explore NASA STEM engineering design challenges and apps. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

 
  OPERATION BioenergizeME: ‘Invite a Bioenergy Expert’ Webinar With Devinn Lambert
Audience:
Grades 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2017, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Contact: BioenergizeME@ee.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office invites students to attend a webinar with technology manager Devinn Lambert. Learn more about using biomass — plant, algae and organic waste materials — to produce renewable fuels and everyday products like cosmetics, plastic bottles, cleaners, clothing and more. Lambert will share details about her current projects and help students understand how they can make the leap from the classroom to an exciting, rewarding STEM-based career.

2017-2018 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio is hosting a 2017-2018 University Student Design Challenge with aeronautics and space themes. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to Glenn subject matter experts who will serve as mentors for the student teams.

 
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long.

2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.gov 

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.

 
  2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

This engineering design and technology demonstration contest challenges teams to design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate in a multi-day competition in June 2018 at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In addition to the technology demonstrations, participation includes the submission of a technical paper and poster presentation to NASA and industry judges that details the team concept’s “path-to-fight” (i.e. essential modifications required to operate their system on Mars).

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 21, 2017
Contact: Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2018 and 2021. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

 
  2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Proposal Deadline for Presentations: Nov. 30, 2017
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org 

Save the date for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or SPACE, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This conference is for K-12 educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content. 

Are you interested in presenting at the conference? Presentation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2017, for priority review. Proposals received after this date will be reviewed based on availability.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Research Fellowships for 2018
Audience:
Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Non-Academic Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.edu 

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for research fellowships for 2018. Fellowships are available for predoctoral, postdoctoral and non-academic researchers. Fellows work closely with museum staff and have access to the museum’s archival collections. Proposals must reflect that the research to be undertaken is intended for publication in peer-reviewed books and journals.

 
 Line drawing of an exoplanet Fly Your Exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Nov. 20, 2017
Contact: GSFC-TESS@mail.nasa.gov 

Set to launch in June 2018, TESS is an explorer-class planet finder and will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants. As the TESS team prepares for launch, it invites the public to ponder what exoplanets might look like and share their ideas in the form of sketches and graphics. This opportunity is open to all ages and skill levels.

BIG Idea Challenge 2018
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design, installation and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia or NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The winning team will receive NASA internship offers.

 
  Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut — Walk Around the Earth Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: Oct. 2 – Dec. 7, 2017
Contact: nubia.a.carvajal@nasa.gov 

To prepare for an Earth-to-moon journey in 2018, online mascot Astro Charlie is making a trip around Earth. Mission X is challenging Fit Explorers to work together to perform activities that will move Astro Charlie the 66 million steps required to walk around Earth! That’s 25,000 miles, or 40,000 kilometers! Visit the website for full challenge details and to do your part to help reach the globe-trotting goal.

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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. http://nasawavelength.org/

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.

Take part in a Year of Education on Station. September 2017 – September 2018: Although on different crews, astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold – both former teachers – will work aboard the International Space Station. Visit NASA’s A Year of Education on Station website for out-of-this-world resources and opportunities for K-16 students and educators.

Do you just want to receive weekly updates on NASA Education opportunities relating to science? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” newsletter for science opportunities delivered to your inbox “Weekly on Wednesdays!” https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/

FOLLOW, SHARE, AND BE A PART OF THE STEM EDUCATION CONVERSATION WITH NASA!

 


Visit NASA Education on the Web:
NASA Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA Education Express Message — Nov. 2, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  #TeacherOnBoard — Pinterest Interest?
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov
 
We heard you, educators! You can now access the NASA’s A Year of Education on Station resources and opportunities on the Pinterest STEM on Station page. Log on to Pinterest.com/nasa/stem-on-station and find the information you want in the Pinterest format you love. Current posts include fun videos about living and working in space, as well as ways to get involved with special opportunities offered by NASA to recognize an almost constant one-year presence of a #TeacherOnBoard the International Space Station. We are 69 pins and growing, so check back often!
ESTEEM Virtual “Ask US” Event: International Observe the Moon Night Through a Native American Perspective
Audience:
Members of Tribal and Indigenous Communities
Event Date: Nov. 8, 2017, 2 – 3 p.m. EST
Contact: bonnie.murray@nasa.gov
 
On Oct. 28, 2017, events were held around the world to observe the moon. Native Americans have been observing the moon for thousands of years and have developed specific cultural connections related to the moon. Join the ESTEEM team as we explore the Native American perspective of the moon, preview materials, answer science questions, and allow for dialogue. Discover how to bring moon topics to the classroom through the eyes of Native Americans.
 
  OPERATION BioenergizeME: ‘Invite a Bioenergy Expert’ Webinar With Devinn Lambert
Audience:
Grades 5-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15, 2017, 4 – 5 p.m. EST
Contact: BioenergizeME@ee.doe.gov
 
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office invites students to attend a webinar with technology manager Devinn Lambert. Learn more about using biomass — plant, algae and organic waste materials — to produce renewable fuels and everyday products like cosmetics, plastic bottles, cleaners, clothing and more. Lambert will share details about her current projects and help students understand how they can make the leap from the classroom to an exciting, rewarding STEM-based career.
2017-2018 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov
 
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio is hosting a 2017-2018 University Student Design Challenge with aeronautics and space themes. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to Glenn subject matter experts who will serve as mentors for the student teams.
 
  Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: For Your Eyes Only
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov
 
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore our Earth through the eyes of the astronauts. Learn how human observations from space enable us to better understand our planet. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Online registration is required.
Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4 to 12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: ksc-connect2ccp@mail.nasa.gov
 
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.
 
  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2018
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov
 
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. They must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $75,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2018 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.
Be a Mosquito Habitat Mapper With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Dates: Now Through Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.gov
 
Citizen scientists can use the “GLOBE Observer” app, available for Apple and Android phones, to help those who are working to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. The app helps users identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites. This local, ground-based information helps NASA by supporting satellite-based research of environmental conditions that indicate possible outbreaks of mosquitoes.
 
  NASA’s 2018 Drop Tower Challenge: Microgravity Expulsion From Water
Audience: 9-12 Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov
 
NASA challenges teams of high school students to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity but will be expelled as far as possible out of water during free fall in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower at Glenn Research Center. The expulsion must result from hydrophobic surface properties of the object. Top-performing teams will be invited to present their results in a poster session at the 2018 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Visit the website to learn more.
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com
 
ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long.
 
  2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.gov
 
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.
CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 21, 2017
Contact: Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov
 
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2018 and 2021. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.
 
  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.gov
 
VESSS is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. Participants will complete seven web-based modules and a final project. Those who perform well in the online course may be selected for a one-week residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Participants will be eligible to receive college credits through Thomas Nelson Community College with costs underwritten by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.
2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017
Contact: rascal@nianet.org
 
This engineering design and technology demonstration contest challenges teams to design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate in a multi-day competition in June 2018 at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In addition to the technology demonstrations, participation includes the submission of a technical paper and poster presentation to NASA and industry judges that details the team concept’s “path-to-fight” (i.e. essential modifications required to operate their system on Mars).
 
 Line drawing of an exoplanet Fly Your Exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Nov. 20, 2017
Contact: GSFC-TESS@mail.nasa.gov
 
Set to launch in June 2018, TESS is an explorer-class planet finder and will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants. As the TESS team prepares for launch, it invites the public to ponder what exoplanets might look like and share their ideas in the form of sketches and graphics. This opportunity is open to all ages and skill levels.

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum?
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

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. http://nasawavelength.org/

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.

Take part in a Year of Education on Station. September 2017 – September 2018: Although on different crews, astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold – both former teachers – will work aboard the International Space Station. Visit NASA’s A Year of Education on Station website for out-of-this-world resources and opportunities for K-16 students and educators.

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NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 26, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  See Your Town From Space: Sign Up for Next Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact:JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.govWould you like to take pictures like astronaut and former teacher Joe Acaba does? Sally Ride EarthKAM allows anyone to become a photographer from space. Students, educators and the public can create an account, then program a camera placed in a window of the International Space Station to take an aerial photo of their desired location. Mission dates run Nov. 1-3, 2017, so make sure to register soon!Look for more ways to get involved with the station and find other great resources during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.
Celebrate International Observe the Moon Night at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: stephanie.w.henry@nasa.govJoin in the celebration of International Observe the Moon Night with an evening of fun-filled events at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Enjoy hands-on activities, a live interactive solar system show, solar system virtual reality simulators from NASA, and a chance to see the moon up close with the help of telescopes and astronomers. The event is free and open to the public.
 
  Using Rover Design Challenges to Teach Simple Machines
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 30, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar that features all six simple machines — lever, wedge, wheels and axles, screw, pulley, and inclined plane. Combine different machines to create more complex, kinetic systems. Use inspiration from real NASA missions to help students gain critical mechanical skills, “design-thinking” principles and physical science concepts. Online registration is required.
Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: For Your Eyes Only
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 2, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore our Earth through the eyes of the astronauts. Learn how human observations from space enable us to better understand our planet. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Online registration is required.
 
  2018-2019 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.govThe Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Research Fellowships for 2018
Audience:
Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Non-Academic Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for research fellowships for 2018. Fellowships are available for predoctoral, postdoctoral and non-academic researchers. Fellows work closely with museum staff and have access to the museum’s archival collections. Proposals must reflect that the research to be undertaken is intended for publication in peer-reviewed books and journals.
 
  Aviation Space Writers Foundation Award
Audience:
Researchers of Aerospace Topics
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe National Air and Space Museum is offering a $5,000 grant to support research on aerospace topics that results in a product suitable for potential public dissemination in print, electronic, broadcast or other visual medium. Potential topics include contemporary aviation or space events of interest to the public; significant persons, historical events or trends that illuminate the history of human flight in air and space; records; or compendia of aerospace source material.
National Science Foundation’s 2017-2018 Community College Innovation Challenge
Audience:
Community College Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline: Feb. 14, 2018
Contact: innovationchallenge@nsf.govThe National Science Foundation’s Community College Innovation Challenge is seeking teams to propose innovative STEM-based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must include three to five community college students, a faculty mentor and an industry partner. Submissions consist of a written portion and a 90-second video. Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, which is a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. First- and second-place teams win cash awards.
 

  Testing Terror – Technology for Exploration: Mysteries of Saturn and Cassini
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.govSaturn’s ringed world has attracted attention ever since humans first looked at the sky. Scientists first got a close-up look at the planet when the Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts swung by Saturn in the 1970s and 1980s. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the incredible Cassini mission and learn Saturn facts to share with your students.Online registration is required.
International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-usOn Oct. 28, 2017, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.
 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.govNASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.
Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits
Audience: Children’s Museums, Science Centers and Museums, NASA Visitor Centers, Public Planetariums and Observatories Located in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: cmccarthy@smm.orgThe National Informal STEM Education Network, in collaboration with NASA, has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process.
 
  Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch in May 2018 and land on Nov. 26, 2018. The mission will do an in-depth study of the interior of Mars to answer key questions about how the solar system’s rocky planets formed, including Earth. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars and deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the planet has ever done.
Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4 to 12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: ksc-connect2ccp@mail.nasa.govNASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.
 
  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2018
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.govNASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. They must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $75,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2018 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.


Be a Mosquito Habitat Mapper With ‘GLOBE Observer’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Dates: Now Through Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.govCitizen scientists can use the “GLOBE Observer” app, available for Apple and Android phones, to help those who are working to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. The app helps users identify and eliminate mosquito breeding sites. This local, ground-based information helps NASA by supporting satellite-based research of environmental conditions that indicate possible outbreaks of mosquitoes.
 
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long.
Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience:
Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Contact: GSAXcessHelp@gsa.govNASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card.
 


  NASA’s 2018 Drop Tower Challenge: Microgravity Expulsion From Water
Audience: 9-12 Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 10, 2017
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.govNASA challenges teams of high school students to design and build objects that sink in water in normal gravity but will be expelled as far as possible out of water during free fall in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower at Glenn Research Center. The expulsion must result from hydrophobic surface properties of the object. Top-performing teams will be invited to present their results in a poster session at the 2018 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research. Visit the website to learn more.
Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.govVESSS is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors. Participants will complete seven web-based modules and a final project. Those who perform well in the online course may be selected for a one-week residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Participants will be eligible to receive college credits through Thomas Nelson Co