NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 5, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

Happy December! Bring this month’s NASA and STEM events into your classroom with resources, activities and more!Visit the site for resources to incorporate Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, the Geminids Meteor Shower, the anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Winter Solstice and December holidays into your curriculum. 

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

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquito Assassins, a SWAT Analysis
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Dec. 5 at 8 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 into afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Anita Schiller, Director of the Biological Control Initiative, Harris County, Precinct 4, Texas, as she shares how they are using native mosquito predators, aka mosquito assassins, in pest management. Liz Burck will share “Mosquito Tellers,” an inquiry learning and mosquito biology resource. Register online. http://bit.ly/MosquitoSWAT

 
  Host an Hour of Code on the Moon With NASA and Tynker
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Dates: Dec. 9-15
Contact: info@tynker.com 

Celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week with Tynker’s seven space-themed coding activities created in collaboration with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Inspire your students to get creative as they solve exciting coding challenges in space, design their own lunar habitat and even program a Moon rover. 

Step-by-step instructions and sample code allow students of any experience level to participate. Beginners may use Tynker Blocks, and more experienced students may use JavaScript to complete the examples. Standards-aligned lesson guides and additional NASA resources are included for teachers. All Hour of Code activities from Tynker are free.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 9 at 6:30 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. 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 will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound, and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.

 
Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Dates:
Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. EST and Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a pair of free 60-minute webinars that begin with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continue with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

Explore Moon to Mars: Robotic Exploration of the Red Planet
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

The goal of the Mars Exploration Program is to explore Mars and provide a continuous flow of scientific information and discovery through a carefully selected series of robotic orbiters, landers and mobile laboratories interconnected by a high-bandwidth Mars/Earth communications network. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA’s missions to Mars, with a focus on the Mars 2020 mission. Discover educational resources designed to engage K-12 students. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Is Hard: Teaching Radiation Biology With Problem-Based Learning Strategies
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Radiation biology examines the effects of radiation on living systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore ways to radiation biology with problem-based learning strategies. Participants will have access to lesson plans that provide hands-on investigations that encourage the use of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, problem-solving and inquiry skills. The activities shared will provide a general framework that can be modified based on student needs and classroom resources. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 16 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. 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 18 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 Moon to Mars: Life Sciences in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

As humans journey to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustained life support during each mission. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA STEAM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey beyond Earth alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation
Audience: Distinguished Scholars Worldwide
Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Contact: scholarly@loc.gov 

The NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation represents an opportunity for high-level scholarship to understand the interface between human society and the scientific exploration of the cosmos. The Blumberg Program is most interested in proposals that consider the philosophical, humanistic, legal, ethical and policy dimensions of exploration. The Chair is in residence at the Kluge Center in Washington, D.C., and is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, literature, media studies or other related fields.

U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 2020, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov 

Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry. 

During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

 
  Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

NASA WEAR Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
Contact: JSC-EPD@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge starts today, Dec. 5. The challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear

Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.

 
  2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2020
Contact: nasasarp@baeri.org 

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20, 2020
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.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Careers in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 5 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. Explore the many NASA STEM careers needed to successfully accomplish the unique, exciting missions that explore and build a better understanding of our Earth, Moon, Mars and the universe beyond. NASA science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career education lessons and resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo” by Dr. Juliane Gross, deputy curator of Apollo samples at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gross will discuss what analysis of both Apollo samples and lunar meteorites has taught us about the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

 
 NASA insignia Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.gov 

The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.

Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist. 

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Doctoral Thesis Research Opportunity in Marine Energy, Hydrokinetic
Audience: Full-time Doctoral Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications from students interested in advancing their doctoral thesis using the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories and facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative. 

The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics. 

For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.

 
  ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.edu 

In the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

  Register Today: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Contact: arc-encounter@mail.nasa.govThe NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives. 

Afternoon classes are available. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.

Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.com 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.

 
  Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: experts@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.

U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: fusion@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

 
  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.

eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to 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.

 

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

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  NOAA Teacher at Sea Program
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades Pre-K-Higher Education
Application Deadline: Nov. 30, 5 p.m. EST
Contact: teacheratsea@noaa.govThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is accepting applications for its 2020 opportunity. This program provides teachers with hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists. Participants gain unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research that can be used to enrich and enhance their approaches to teaching science and engaging with the local community.
Small Steps to Giant Leaps: 3,2,1…Takeoff
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Get an overview of the newly released “3, 2, 1…Takeoff Activity.” Explore a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight using different materials and shapes to determine which are the most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 QueSST, and the research on Quiet Supersonic Flight. Online registration is required.
 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.eduJoin 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 Moon to Mars: Careers in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the many NASA STEM careers needed to successfully accomplish the unique, exciting missions that explore and build a better understanding of our Earth, Moon, Mars and the universe beyond. NASA science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career education lessons and resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.
 
  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST
Contact: education@lpi.usra.eduThe Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo” by Dr. Juliane Gross, deputy curator of Apollo samples at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gross will discuss what analysis of both Apollo samples and lunar meteorites has taught us about the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.
New Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Available—‘Future Temperature Projections’
Audience: High School Educators
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov“Future Temperature Projections” is a unit plan designed for grades 9-12 classrooms with access to computers and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies RStudio software. This unit takes approximately one month to complete. The goal of this unit is for students to learn global future temperature projections based on output from a NASA global climate change model. As the future state of Earth’s climate and greenhouse gas emissions remains uncertain, students will learn how temperature on Earth is expected to change based on different scenarios regarding greenhouse gas emissions.
 

 

  Micro-G NExT Student Inspired Tool Ready for Spacewalk
Audience: Public, All Educators, Undergraduate Students and STEM Groups
Event Date: Nov. 22 at 6:05 a.m. CST
Contact: jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.govDid you know undergraduate students are contributing to NASA missions? The zip-tie cutter designed by Lone Star College-CyFair students will be used in an upcoming spacewalk. Broadcast of the spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will air live on NASA TV on Nov. 22 at 6:05 a.m. CST. The student team designed the tool as part of Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams, a NASA opportunity that challenges students to design and build solutions for current space exploration missions.

Learn how you—the #Artemis generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Shape Your Flight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.21 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore geometry and its relation to aircraft design through the newly released “Shape Your Flight” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight using different materials and shapes to determine which are the most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. Take a 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.
 
2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThe 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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

Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.govStart your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

 
  NASA STEM Activities: Forward to the Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA plans to go forward to the Moon by 2024. Learn about K-12 STEM activities that will enhance classroom instruction involving this topic.

Activities include:
—Demonstrating sizes and distances of Earth.
—Making a water filtration system.
—Designing a lunar habitat.
—Simulating finding oxygen on the Moon.
—Making balloon rockets with a payload.
—Simulating gravity with magnets.

Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics Online registration is required.
 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.comARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. 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 long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.
NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge—Phase Two
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: questions@co2conversionchallenge.orgPhase Two of the NASA Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion Challenge invites members of the public, academia and industry to build a system demonstrating the conversion of CO2 with hydrogen—without the use of plants—to produce simple sugar molecules known as D-sugars. A $750,000 prize purse is available for this phase of the challenge. Participation in phase one is not required to participate in phase two. Visit the website for registration information and challenge details.
 CO2 Challenge
  2020 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Fellowship Program
Audience: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. A variety of fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers are available. Applicants should state how they intend to use the museum’s collections and facilities. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.
2019-20 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadlines:
Mission Universe: Dec. 1
Mission Solar System: Dec. 1
Mission Sun: March 1, 2020
Mission Earth: March 1, 2020
Contact: OPSPARC@privo.comNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites students to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). This year’s challenge features four new missions that demonstrate how NASA spinoffs are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS. OPSPARC encourages students to channel their inner entrepreneur and solve the world’s problems by creating their own spinoff concepts. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS, OPTIMUS PRIME and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE are trademarks of Hasbro and used with permission (c) 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

 
Planet Stewards Join the NOAA Planet Stewards 2020 Stewardship Community
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-Higher Education
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.govThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards Education Project is accepting applications for its 2020 Stewardships Community. This network supports the development and implementation of hands-on, action-based projects. Participants receive one-on-one guidance on designing, implementing and evaluating an environmental stewardship project, and writing for a federal funding opportunity. Those who successfully complete the program’s requirements are eligible to apply for $2,500 in funding support.
Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Pre-Proposal Informational Teleconference: Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.govNASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Each proposal must identify a student seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in Earth and space sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposers may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.
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 NASA insignia Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.
Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.govComputer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative.

The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics.

For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.

 
  Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.comNASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.
Save the Date: 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.comAre you interested in attending the third annual SPACE Conference hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation? Mark your calendar and make plans to head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for this conference for K-12 formal and informal 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 lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.
 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Doctoral Thesis Research Opportunity in Marine Energy, Hydrokinetic
Audience: Full-time Doctoral Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.govThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications from students interested in advancing their doctoral thesis using the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories and facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.eduIn the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!
 
  NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.govBeing 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.

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 14, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Got a Question for Us? #AskNASA
Check out the new weekly series that features agency experts
answering frequently asked questions and debunk myths.

  Micro-G NExT Student Inspired Tool Ready for Spacewalk
Audience: Public, All Educators, Undergraduate Students and STEM Groups
Event Date: Nov. 22 at 6:05 a.m. CST
Contact: jsc-reducedgravity@nasa.govDid you know undergraduate students are contributing to NASA missions? The zip-tie cutter designed by Lone Star College-CyFair students will be used in an upcoming spacewalk. Broadcast of the spacewalk to repair the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer will air live on NASA TV on Nov. 22 at 6:05 a.m. CST. The student team designed the tool as part of Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams, a NASA opportunity that challenges students to design and build solutions for current space exploration missions.

Learn how you—the #Artemis generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

NASA STEM Activities: Forward to the Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA plans to go forward to the Moon by 2024. Learn about K-12 STEM activities that will enhance classroom instruction involving this topic.

Activities include:
—Demonstrating sizes and distances of Earth.
—Making a water filtration system.
—Designing a lunar habitat.
—Simulating finding oxygen on the Moon.
—Making balloon rockets with a payload.
—Simulating gravity with magnets.

Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics Online registration is required.
Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Pre-Proposal Informational Teleconference: Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.govNASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Each proposal must identify a student seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in Earth and space sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposers may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.
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  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.govNASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2020
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
Contact: doescholars@orise.orau.orgThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Scholars Program introduces college students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy’s mission and operations. Participants apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of settings within the DOE complex. 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, and stipends are provided.
 
  U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management—2020 Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Accredited Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.govThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management is seeking applicants for 10-week summer internships at the DOE’s National Laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts. Students also will be involved in enrichment activities that may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops and lectures. A stipend or salary will be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

 

Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead With NASA
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 14 at Noon PST
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.orgThe National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar to explore free NASA resources along with accompanying exemplary practices. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA’s Universe of Learning team, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the best ways to support your program efforts using the “Girls STEAM Ahead” with NASA materials. Visit the website for complete webinar details and registration information.
 Girls STEAM Ahead
Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduIs there life beyond Earth? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that will feature NASA STEAM lessons that can be used to explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research-developed definition of “life.” Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.
Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.govNASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.
 
  Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.orgThe National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. The online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!
Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.govStart your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

 
Searching for Shadows Searching for Shadows: Hunting and Exploring Exoplanets
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12
Event Date: Nov.18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov

Since the first exoplanet was discovered two decades ago, some 4,000 planets have been confirmed to orbit other stars—from Jupiter-like planets to rocky, Earth-sized worlds. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to trace the history of exoplanets, learn about NASA missions dedicated to discovering new worlds and explore educational resources designed to inspire future planet hunters. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.eduAs 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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that 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. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.
 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM 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.
Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Shape Your Flight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.21 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore geometry and its relation to aircraft design through the newly released “Shape Your Flight” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight using different materials and shapes to determine which are the most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. Take a 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.
 
2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThe 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.comARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. 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 long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.
 
  2020 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Fellowship Program
Audience: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. A variety of fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers are available. Applicants should state how they intend to use the museum’s collections and facilities. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.
Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.govComputer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative.The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics.

For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.

 
  2019-20 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadlines:
Mission Universe: Dec. 1
Mission Solar System: Dec. 1
Mission Sun: March 1, 2020
Mission Earth: March 1, 2020
Contact: OPSPARC@privo.comNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites students to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). This year’s challenge features four new missions that demonstrate how NASA spinoffs are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS. OPSPARC encourages students to channel their inner entrepreneur and solve the world’s problems by creating their own spinoff concepts. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS, OPTIMUS PRIME and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE are trademarks of Hasbro and used with permission (c) 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.
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  ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.eduIn the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 31, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Space travel is hard and unforgiving,
but we have never been more ready to meet the unknown.

NASA’s Artemis program will push the boundaries of human exploration and send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, preparing for missions to Mars and beyond.

  New Teachable Moment—NASA’s Eyes on Extreme Weather
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact: Ota.l.lutz@jpl.nasa.govExtreme weather can range from superpowerful hurricanes to extended dry, hot weather. NASA uses airborne and space-based platforms to monitor these events and how our changing climate is contributing to them. Explore ways you can use NASA weather data in the classroom to help students better understand extreme weather. This Teachable Moment from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides background information, resources and standards-aligned lessons to get students analyzing local weather patterns, understanding wildfire monitoring and modeling global climate. Visit the site for videos, lesson plans and more.
NASA Virtual Career Fair
Audience: Students in Grades 11-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 6, 3 – 4 p.m. EST
Contact: kimberly.m.brush@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Engagement team for a live webcast showcasing new and exciting internship and career opportunities available at NASA. Find out how you can make a giant leap into NASA’s Artemis efforts to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. Launch your career with NASA!
 
  Explore Solar System: Teaching Project-Based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources that can be used for planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-Based learning standards using examples from NASA websites and lesson plans. Participants will be introduced to multiple solar system resources that will help students develop purposeful questions. Online registration is required.
Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.eduAs 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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that 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. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.
 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.13 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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 will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound and how they can be challenged to find a solution 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.
Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduIs there life beyond Earth? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that will feature NASA STEAM lessons that can be used to explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research-developed definition of “life.” Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.
 
  2019-20 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadlines:
Mission Universe: Dec. 1
Mission Solar System: Dec. 1
Mission Sun: March 1, 2020
Mission Earth: March 1, 2020
Contact: OPSPARC@privo.comNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites students to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). This year’s challenge features four new missions that demonstrate how NASA spinoffs are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS. OPSPARC encourages students to channel their inner entrepreneur and solve the world’s problems by creating their own spinoff concepts. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS, OPTIMUS PRIME and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE are trademarks of Hasbro and used with permission (c) 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

2020 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Fellowship Program
Audience: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. A variety of fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers are available. Applicants should state how they intend to use the museum’s collections and facilities. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.
 
 NASA insignia Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.
ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.eduIn the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!
 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: fusion@orau.orgThe U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Proposal Writing Workshop—The 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Jan. 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is required.
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  2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: amfksc@gmail.comThe Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

Request for Information: National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health—Enhancing Gender Equity Prize
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: ORWHprize@od.nih.govThough parity is being reached between men and women at the graduate level in the biomedical sciences and in medical schools, women remain underrepresented at the faculty level in science and medicine, particularly in mid to senior levels. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health is seeking feedback on a proposed prize competition that aims to recognize institutions that have demonstrated commitment to systemically addressing faculty diversity and equity issues within the biomedical and behavioral science departments.
 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.

Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here.

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names.

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students!

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
Contact: npphelp@usra.eduThe 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.
 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.orgThe Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.
Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.orgThe National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!
 
  Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.govStart your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: anne.sweet-1@nasa.govNASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit and accredited educational organizations.
 
  Commercial Crew 2020 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: info@sciartexchange.orgNASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2020 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.
CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: anne.sweet-1@nasa.govWhen Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.
 
  Free Webinar: Aligning Robotics Curriculum to Education Standards
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.netJoin the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Dr. Bambi Brewer, Director of Engineering at Birdbrain Technologies. Dr. Brewer helps teachers align robotics projects to existing curriculum standards. She helps teachers document and share their successful classroom projects, and create fun new ways to use robotics in the classroom.
Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Nov. 5-8
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contactSally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.
 
  Explore Solar System: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the solar system and activities that incorporate art into the STEM classroom. “Art and the Cosmic Connection” offers a terrific bridge between Earth and space science, as well as a wonderful dive into the potential of science to inspire art, and art to empower science! Online registration is required.
NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.govBeing an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.
 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.govNASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures.

This call for graduate student-developed space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative research and improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing a pipeline of cutting-edge space technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon:Design Challenge
Audience: College Students and Faculty at U.S. Higher Education Institutions
Application Deadline: Nov. 5
Contact: Solar.Decathlon@ee.doe.govThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon comprises 10 contests that challenge student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, collegiate teams prepare creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. Qualifying teams present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors during Design Challenge Weekend in April 2020 in Golden, Colorado.
 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 12
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM 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.
NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Electrified Aircraft—Tackling the Challenges of Alternative Propulsion
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. EDTGet to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making alternatively fueled aircraft a viable option. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.
 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.orgJoin the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!
Explore Solar System and Beyond With STEAM and Models
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.
 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.govNASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.
Register Today: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Contact: arc-encounter@mail.nasa.govThe NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives.

Afternoon classes are available. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.comARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. 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 long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.
2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.govFuture long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.
 
  eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.comRegistration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to 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.
2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThe 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
 

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  Request for Information: National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health—Enhancing Gender Equity Prize
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: ORWHprize@od.nih.gov 

Though parity is being reached between men and women at the graduate level in the biomedical sciences and in medical schools, women remain underrepresented at the faculty level in science and medicine, particularly in mid to senior levels. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health is seeking feedback on a proposed prize competition that aims to recognize institutions that have demonstrated commitment to systemically addressing faculty diversity and equity issues within the biomedical and behavioral science departments.

Commercial Crew 2020 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2020 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.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Nov. 5-8
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

Explore Solar System: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 5 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. Learn about the solar system and activities that incorporate art into the STEM classroom. “Art and the Cosmic Connection” offers a terrific bridge between Earth and space science, as well as a wonderful dive into the potential of science to inspire art, and art to empower science! Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 12
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond With STEAM and Models
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

 
  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: Nov. 25 (Priority 1); 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.

 

Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Contact:
 spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms. This webinar will guide you in strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions, STEAM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges into your classroom instruction. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Safe Flight for Drones—Designing a System for Urban Air Mobility
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered right now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in designing a safe system for low-altitude air traffic in urban areas. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

 
  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets. 

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

2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

 
  Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist. 

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Oct. 28: Preparing to Launch America
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Explore Earth: NASA Earth Science Missions
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the various NASA missions that help scientists better understand our home planet. Explore the technology NASA uses to make global observations that help us map the connections between our planet’s vital processes. Discover lessons designed to engage and excite students in exploring real world science. Online registration is required.

 
  The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: Oct. 28
Event Date: Nov. 20
Contact: emartinez@imsa.edu 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to host the Great Water Design Challenge, tasking student teams with researching innovative solutions to the growing demands on water supplies. Teams will choose from five challenge topics, and will have access to research, prototyping and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. The challenge is open to teams of three to four high school students, and each team must have a faculty sponsor. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Space is limited to the first 20 teams, so register today!

Watch Space Station Astronauts Speak With Students
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An In-flight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

The next opportunity to watch astronauts speak with students on Earth is: 

Oct. 29, 2019: Astronaut Jessica Meir will chat with students at Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit #39, Caribou, Maine. 

To learn how to view these events, or to watch videos of archived downlinks, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about water and the hydrologic cycle using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This international science and education program provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: STEAM Lessons in Elementary GLOBE
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date:
Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth-system studies. Explore classroom STEAM learning activities available from the Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Online registration is required.

 
  Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Student Research Challenge
Audience: Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Next Proposal Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-USRC@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is challenging students to propose new aeronautics ideas relevant to NASA Aeronautics. The University Student Research Challenge provides grants for selected student projects and challenges students to raise a modest amount of cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and take action. Proposals may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated in three cycles: Oct. 30, 2019, Feb. 26, 2020, and June 24, 2020.

Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best. 

Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

 
  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 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.

Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.

 
  Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.org 

The National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit and accredited educational organizations.

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

When Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.

Free Webinar: Aligning Robotics Curriculum to Education Standards
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

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

 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

Join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!

Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

NASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. 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 long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
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.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon:Design Challenge
Audience: College Students and Faculty at U.S. Higher Education Institutions
Application Deadline: Nov. 5
Contact: SDdesign@nrel.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon comprises 10 contests that challenge student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, collegiate teams prepare creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. Qualifying teams present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors during Design Challenge Weekend in April 2020 in Golden, Colorado.

2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

 

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NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: https://stem.nasa.gov
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 17, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Got a Question for Us? #AskNASA
Check out the new weekly series that features agency experts
answering frequently asked questions and debunk myths.

  NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” Live Broadcast From the International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Young Professionals
Event Date: Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: katherine.m.brown@nasa.gov 

Calling the Artemis generation! NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, and we want you to be a part of it. “NASA STEM Presents: Space & STEM—Where Do You Fit In?” will be broadcast live on NASA TV from the International Astronautical Congress on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Hear from NASA leadership and a panel of young professionals who will share what inspired them to work in STEM, the work they do and the goals they still hope to achieve. 

Get involved by hosting a watch party, following #JoinArtemis and #IAC2019 and submitting your questions for the leadership and young professional panels using #AskNASA on Twitter.

Watch Space Station Astronauts Speak With Students
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An In-flight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

There are two opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on Earth during October. 

Oct. 23, 2019: Astronaut Andrew Morgan will chat with students at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
Oct. 29, 2019: Astronaut Jessica Meir will chat with students at Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit #39, Caribou, Maine. 

To learn how to view these events, or to watch videos of archived downlinks, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

 
  Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program 
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist. 

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Oct. 28: Preparing to Launch America
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Explore Earth: NASA Earth Science Missions
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
samuel.garcia@nasa.gov  

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the various NASA missions that help scientists better understand our home planet. Explore the technology NASA uses to make global observations that help us map the connections between our planet’s vital processes. Discover lessons designed to engage and excite students in exploring real world science. Online registration is required.

 
  The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: Oct. 28
Event Date: Nov. 20
Contact: emartinez@imsa.edu 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to host the Great Water Design Challenge, tasking student teams with researching innovative solutions to the growing demands on water supplies. Teams will choose from five challenge topics, and will have access to research, prototyping and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. The challenge is open to teams of three to four high school students, and each team must have a faculty sponsor. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Space is limited to the first 20 teams, so register today!

Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about water and the hydrologic cycle using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This international science and education program provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: STEAM Lessons in Elementary GLOBE
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date:
Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth-system studies. Explore classroom STEAM learning activities available from the Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Online registration is required.

Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.org 

The National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!

 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

Join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. 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 long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Doctoral Thesis Research Opportunity in Marine Energy, Hydrokinetic
Audience: Full-time Doctoral Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications from students interested in advancing their doctoral thesis using the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories and facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative.The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics. 

For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.

 
  Save the Date: 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Are you interested in attending the third annual SPACE Conference hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation? Mark your calendar and make plans to head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for this conference for K-12 formal and informal 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 lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

 

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture—‘Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95 percent, are invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. Join astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how astronomers are working to map the universe’s dark matter so they can see the effects of dark energy. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth Science and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that uses creativity and artistic expression to show how you take part in Earth science. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2019 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Many Paths to Earth Science.” Submit a brief, 30- to 90-second original video that shows how people of various backgrounds participate in geoscience. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age worldwide. Entries must be submitted electronically.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere and Clouds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

NASA’s fleet of satellites, airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about clouds and contrails using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection, the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that 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. Online registration is required.

Free Webinar: STEM Professional Development
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring James Harrington from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Mr. Harrington is a computer scientist dedicated to creating sustained educator professional development that builds on recent findings related to teacher learning. He facilitates educator institutes designed to infuse NASA content into customized hands-on project learning based activities to support the mastering of real-life applications of physical science and technology concepts.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 11
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about the companies, vehicles, crew and STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Contact:
 spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms. This webinar will guide you in strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions, STEAM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges into your classroom instruction. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Safe Flight for Drones—Designing a System for Urban Air Mobility
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered right now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in designing a safe system for low-altitude air traffic in urban areas. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

 
  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets.For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

 
  Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Student Research Challenge
Audience: Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Next Proposal Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-USRC@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is challenging students to propose new aeronautics ideas relevant to NASA Aeronautics. The University Student Research Challenge provides grants for selected student projects and challenges students to raise a modest amount of cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and take action. Proposals may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated in three cycles: Oct. 30, 2019, Feb. 26, 2020, and June 24, 2020.

Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

NASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

When Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.

 
  New Resources From NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft’s Hacking STEM
Audience:
Educators of Grades 5-12
Contact: jsc-education@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station is a research laboratory where astronauts live and work, testing technologies for future missions to the Moon and Mars, and learning more about our home planet. Next year is the 20th anniversary of humans living off-planet aboard the space station. To celebrate, NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft Education have partnered to develop eight new lesson plans to introduce students to challenges astronauts face living in space. These standards-aligned lessons challenge middle school and high school students to design in 3D, analyze data, build sensors, use virtual reality and work with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here.Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

 
  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 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.

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
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.

 

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 10, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Got a Question for Us? #AskNASA
Check out the new weekly series that features agency experts
answering frequently asked questions and debunk myths.

  Download and Print—“Year of STEM Engagement” Lists
Audience
: K-8 Educators 

Make this your best year of teaching so far! Plan a year of engaging activities to get your students excited about real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Download these printable lists featuring a variety of ways you can incorporate NASA and its partners into your school year. Some of these opportunities take minutes, and some require more planning. 

Let this be a year of authentic learning with NASA STEM Engagement. 

K-4 Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators/k-4/a-year-of-stem.html 

5-8 Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators/5-8/a-year-of-stem.html

Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

NASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere and Clouds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

NASA’s fleet of satellites, airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about clouds and contrails using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection, the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that 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. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 11
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

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. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about the companies, vehicles, crew and STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” Live Broadcast From the International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Young Professionals
Event Date: Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: katherine.m.brown@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Artemis program is launching the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, and we want you to join us. “NASA STEM Presents: Space & STEM—Where Do You Fit In?” will be broadcast live on NASA TV from the International Astronautical Congress on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Engage with NASA leadership and a panel of young professionals who will share their NASA journeys and what steps you can take to achieve your STEM career goals. 

Get involved by hosting a watch party, following #JoinArtemis and #IAC2019 and submitting your questions for the leadership and young professional panels using #AskNASA on Twitter.

 
  Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Contact:
 spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms. This webinar will guide you in strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions, STEAM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges into your classroom instruction. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Webinar: Looking at Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Nov. 12 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 discuss data you can collect in your neighborhood and what it means. Register online.

 
  Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: experts@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2020
Contact: mlef@hq.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2020 program. Participants will gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10-week appointment, MLEF fellows will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. This opportunity aims to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. The MLEF Program provides a weekly stipend and participants may be eligible for housing and travel allowances.

 
  Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 7, 2020
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.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11, 2020, 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.

 
  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.

GLOBE Webinar: Presenting Your Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign Research
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: April 21, 2020, 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 how to reduce the surface temperature in your neighborhood and how to present your research and data. Register online.

 

 

  Explore Earth: Teaching STEAM With Images from Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our planet and the processes that shape it. Using the “Mission Geography” STEAM resource, a NASA and Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) collaboration, we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

 
  Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Through Oct. 13, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

As they prepare for lunar surface exploration, Artemis astronauts will conduct research in lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Gateway. NASA is challenging students to imagine what life might be like on this orbiting outpost. Using Tynker, students will design and animate their ideas. Teachers can find teacher guides and NASA resources for K-5 students using Tynker Blocks and grades 6-8 students using JavaScript at the respective project pages. NASA will judge and select three winners for each programming language. Winners will have the opportunity to invite a NASA expert to speak to their class or their school via a video call. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Open to students everywhere! 

Are you new to coding or just want to learn more? Join one of the free 40-minute launch webinars at http://gotyn.kr/nasaweb.

Earth Science Week 2019: Resources and Teacher Toolkit
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 13-19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Join the American Geosciences Institute for a celebration of our home planet during Earth Science Week 2019. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone,” and emphasizes the inclusive potential and the importance of geosciences in the lives of everyone. 

Bring the celebration to your classroom with activities, contests and classroom resources available on the Earth Science Week website. 

For even more classroom resources, order an Earth Science Week Toolkit. This year’s kit includes a NASA “Geoscience Is Everywhere” poster, information about the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a Mars Insight mini-poster, a ruler on Earth observation and space, and more.

 
 NASA insignia Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Workshop Dates: Nov. 18-20
Contact: hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for an expenses-paid, three-day workshop in Tucson, Arizona, that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA will guide participants through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships and obtaining support from the home institution.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  Federal Aviation Administration Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExpression of Interest Deadline: Oct. 16
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020
Contact: faachallenge@nianet.org 

The Federal Aviation Administration invites university teams to propose solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. Three finalist teams will compete for a $25,000 prize, and will also receive travel reimbursements up to $6,000 to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA Technical Center, and at a technical symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 2020.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

 
  2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth Science and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that uses creativity and artistic expression to show how you take part in Earth science. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2019 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Many Paths to Earth Science.” Submit a brief, 30- to 90-second original video that shows how people of various backgrounds participate in geoscience. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age worldwide. Entries must be submitted electronically.

2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

 
  Free Webinar: STEM Professional Development
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring James Harrington from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Mr. Harrington is a computer scientist dedicated to creating sustained educator professional development that builds on recent findings related to teacher learning. He facilitates educator institutes designed to infuse NASA content into customized hands-on project learning based activities to support the mastering of real-life applications of physical science and technology concepts.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit and accredited educational organizations.

 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures.

This call for graduate student-developed space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative research and improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing a pipeline of cutting-edge space technologies.

2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
International Team Registration Deadline: Dec. 12
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration for the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will open on Oct. 10. The competition will be held April 17-18, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country will be accepted. 

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

 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

Want to subscribe to get this message delivered to your inbox each Thursday? Sign up for the NASA EXPRESS newsletter at www.nasa.gov/stem/express.

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 3, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Got a Question for Us? #AskNASA
Check out the new weekly series that features agency experts
answering frequently asked questions and debunk myths.

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

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

Visit the site for resources to incorporate International Observe the Moon Night, International Day of the Girl, World Space Week, Earth Science Week and Halloween into your curriculum. 

And don’t miss the “NASA STEM Presents Space and STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” broadcast live from the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures. 

This call for graduate student-developed space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative research and improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing a pipeline of cutting-edge space technologies.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge—Phase Two
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: questions@co2conversionchallenge.org 

Phase Two of the NASA Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion Challenge invites members of the public, academia and industry to build a system demonstrating the conversion of CO2 with hydrogen—without the use of plants—to produce simple sugar molecules known as D-sugars. A $750,000 prize purse is available for this phase of the challenge. Participation in phase one is not required to participate in phase two. Visit the website for registration information and challenge details.

 
  2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
International Team Registration Deadline: Dec. 12
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration for the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will open on Oct. 10. The competition will be held April 17-18, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country will be accepted.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage students to conduct research in STEM fields. Participants must take part in active faculty-mentored research that aligns with NASA’s mission. Applicants must be enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year.

 
  2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research STEM Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research in STEM fields. Research should support NASA’s mission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Fellowships are awarded for the 2020-21 academic year and are renewable for one year.

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

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

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

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as sophomores during the 2020-21 academic year.

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.

 

 

  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years” by Dr. Grant Heiken, a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo. Hear stories of his and his colleagues’ tasks in assisting NASA in preparing for the arrival and analysis of rocks and soil from the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

World Space Week 2019
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2019
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. The event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.

 
  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 5
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 5, lunar enthusiasts worldwide take time to admire and celebrate our Moon. This year commemorates 10 years of International Observe the Moon Night. 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 details for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to help make your event a success.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. PDT
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.org 

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar introducing educators to NASA’s Solar System Treks, a free resource for STEM learning. Solar System Treks allow students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan and icy moons in our solar system. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA outreach specialists, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Solar System Treks visualization tools.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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.

 
  NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition
Audience: U.S. Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: ksc-robotic-mining-competition@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition challenges teams to design, build and run an autonomously operated robot that will traverse a simulated off-world terrain and excavate simulated lunar regolith. This challenge includes presentations and demonstrations, public outreach and a systems engineering paper explaining the methodology the team used to design and build their robot. The onsite competition will take place May 18-22, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

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

Explore Earth: Teaching STEAM With Images from Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduJoin the  

NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our planet and the processes that shape it. Using the “Mission Geography” STEAM resource, a NASA and Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) collaboration, we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

 
  International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Through Oct. 13, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

As they prepare for lunar surface exploration, Artemis astronauts will conduct research in lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Gateway. NASA is challenging students to imagine what life might be like on this orbiting outpost. Using Tynker, students will design and animate their ideas. Teachers can find teacher guides and NASA resources for K-5 students using Tynker Blocks and grades 6-8 students using JavaScript at the respective project pages. NASA will judge and select three winners for each programming language. Winners will have the opportunity to invite a NASA expert to speak to their class or their school via a video call. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Open to students everywhere! 

Are you new to coding or just want to learn more? Join one of the free 40-minute launch webinars at http://gotyn.kr/nasaweb.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019: Resources and Teacher Toolkit
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 13-19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Join the American Geosciences Institute for a celebration of our home planet during Earth Science Week 2019. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone,” and emphasizes the inclusive potential and the importance of geosciences in the lives of everyone. 

Bring the celebration to your classroom with activities, contests and classroom resources available on the Earth Science Week website. 

For even more classroom resources, order an Earth Science Week Toolkit. This year’s kit includes a NASA “Geoscience Is Everywhere” poster, information about the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a Mars Insight mini-poster, a ruler on Earth observation and space, and more.

Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Workshop Dates: Nov. 18-20
Contact: hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for an expenses-paid, three-day workshop in Tucson, Arizona, that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA will guide participants through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships and obtaining support from the home institution.

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  2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 
  Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

  Federal Aviation Administration Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExpression of Interest Deadline: Oct. 16
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020Contact: faachallenge@nianet.org 

The Federal Aviation Administration invites university teams to propose solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. Three finalist teams will compete for a $25,000 prize, and will also receive travel reimbursements up to $6,000 to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA Technical Center, and at a technical symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 2020.

  2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

 

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Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at https://www.nasa.gov/education/materials/.

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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  Make This School Year the Best Yet With NASA!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: STEM@mail.nasa.gov 

Learning doesn’t need to stop when the bell rings! Our #BackToSTEM campaign is filled with family fun activities for after school or at home. Learn together about NASA’s newest mission Artemis, that will put the first woman and next man on the Moon and will help us go to Mars! 

Check out the “STEM Forward to the Moon Activity Guide,” complete with videos and hands-on activities about the components of deep space travel that will take us from the Moon to Mars. 

Looking for more NASA resources to boost engagement? Search through hundreds of activities, demonstrations, challenges and more.

Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Sept. 29, Noon PDT – Oct. 13, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

As they prepare for lunar surface exploration, Artemis astronauts will conduct research in lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Gateway. NASA is challenging students to imagine what life might be like on this orbiting outpost. Using Tynker, students will design and animate their ideas. Teachers can find teacher guides and NASA resources for K-5 students using Tynker Blocks and grades 6-8 students using JavaScript at the respective project pages. NASA will judge and select three winners for each programming language. Winners will have the opportunity to invite a NASA expert to speak to their class or their school via a video call. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Open to students everywhere! 

Are you new to coding or just want to learn more? Join one of the free 40-minute launch webinars at http://gotyn.kr/nasaweb.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Quiet Supersonic Flight Over Land—Lowering the Boom
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making quieter supersonic flight possible. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 4
Workshop Dates: Nov. 18-20
Contact: hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for an expenses-paid, three-day workshop in Tucson, Arizona, that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA will guide participants through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships and obtaining support from the home institution.

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  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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.

NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition
Audience: U.S. Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: ksc-robotic-mining-competition@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition challenges teams to design, build and run an autonomously operated robot that will traverse a simulated off-world terrain and excavate simulated lunar regolith. This challenge includes presentations and demonstrations, public outreach and a systems engineering paper explaining the methodology the team used to design and build their robot. The onsite competition will take place May 18-22, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

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

 
  Explore Earth: Teaching STEAM With Images from Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our planet and the processes that shape it. Using the “Mission Geography” STEAM resource, a NASA and Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) collaboration, we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2019: Resources and Teacher Toolkit
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 13-19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Join the American Geosciences Institute for a celebration of our home planet during Earth Science Week 2019. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone,” and emphasizes the inclusive potential and the importance of geosciences in the lives of everyone. 

Bring the celebration to your classroom with activities, contests and classroom resources available on the Earth Science Week website. 

For even more classroom resources, order an Earth Science Week Toolkit. This year’s kit includes a NASA “Geoscience Is Everywhere” poster, information about the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a Mars Insight mini-poster, a ruler on Earth observation and space, and more.

 
  Federal Aviation Administration Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExpression of Interest Deadline: Oct. 16
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020Contact: faachallenge@nianet.org 

The Federal Aviation Administration invites university teams to propose solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. Three finalist teams will compete for a $25,000 prize, and will also receive travel reimbursements up to $6,000 to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA Technical Center, and at a technical symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 2020.

2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

 
  2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Safe Flight for Drones—Designing a System for Urban Air Mobility
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered right now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in designing a safe system for low-altitude air traffic in urban areas. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Electrified Aircraft—Tackling the Challenges of Alternative Propulsion
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making alternatively fueled aircraft a viable option. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

 
  Clean Energy Policy Internship With U.S. Department of Energy
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in gaining valuable experience collaborating on  clean energy partnerships and multiagency collaboration. Participants will work together with top scientists and engineers on policy-related projects while gaining insights into career opportunities. This opportunity takes place in Washington, D.C., and selected participants will receive a stipend.

 

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-27
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

Free Educator Professional Development Workshop: Approaches to Teaching and Fostering Innovation
Audience: Middle School Educators
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27
Workshop Date: Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

The International Astronautical Congress—the world’s premier space conference—is coming to Washington, D.C., in October. Thousands of industry professionals, researchers and students will converge for a week of discussions ranging from space exploration and science, to policy and education. Applications are now being accepted for a day of educator professional development with talks, curriculum sharing and hands-on workshops. Participants will be exposed to a variety of resources, including the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) citizen science program, CloudSat, CanSat and the Tree-Height project.

 
  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27
Workshop Dates: Oct. 16-17
Contact: smorrison@nasaprs.com 

Join NASA’s Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications for the Fluid Physics Workshop at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This event will feature scientists and engineers from academia, industry and other governmental agencies to provide recommendations to NASA on future research directions for the microgravity fluid physics program. All interested scientists, researchers and managers are invited to participate. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.

NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets. 

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

 
  2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon’s polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life! 

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

Explore Space Tech: BEST Green Propellant Infusion Mission and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: samuel.garcia@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, learn how to use the engineering design process to build a satellite and test green propellant. Participants will also learn about the current research going on at NASA, specifically the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Online registration is required.

 
  Apply to the Solar System Ambassadors Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassador@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, military bases and consulates overseas are especially encouraged to apply.

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience:
Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback 

Only 4 days left to send YOUR name to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover! The Mars 2020 mission will launch next summer and land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.1 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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 will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound, and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Climate Change and Ecosystems
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about project-based learning strategies in environmental science. Participants will have opportunities to practice constructing explanations and solutions from authentic images and data. Explore NASA resources to guide students’ ability to build and use science ideas to develop skills in debating evidence. Online registration is required.

 
  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years” by Dr. Grant Heiken, a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo. Hear stories of his and his colleagues’ tasks in assisting NASA in preparing for the arrival and analysis of rocks and soil from the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

World Space Week 2019
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2019
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. The event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.

 
  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 5
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 5, lunar enthusiasts worldwide take time to admire and celebrate our Moon. This year commemorates 10 years of International Observe the Moon Night. 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 details for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to help make your event a success.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. PDT
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.org 

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar introducing educators to NASA’s Solar System Treks, a free resource for STEM learning. Solar System Treks allow students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan and icy moons in our solar system. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA outreach specialists, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Solar System Treks visualization tools.

International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

 
  Free Lecture—‘Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95 percent, are invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. Join astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how astronomers are working to map the universe’s dark matter so they can see the effects of dark energy. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—Submit Dust Storm Photos With NASA GLOBE Observer
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

Do you live in an area that has dust storms? The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team would like you to photograph dust events in your area and submit your photos using the GLOBE Observer app. The data collected using the app will be used by scientists to verify satellite observations and see if their models have successfully predicted these dust storms. This is an authentic research opportunity that will help scientists alert communities to better prepare for the harmful impacts of these storms.

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 19, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Launch a New School Year With NASA!
Audience: All Educators
Contact: STEM@mail.nasa.gov 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the school year has launched! That’s not the only launch we’re excited about. Soon, Artemis missions will rocket the first woman and next man to the lunar surface! The “STEM Forward to the Moon Activity Guide” has everything you need to inspire the Artemis generation, complete with hands-on activities about deep space travel that will take us from the Moon to Mars. 

Looking for more NASA resources to give your curriculum a boost? Search through hundreds of lesson plans, videos, educator guides and more. 

Follow us at @NASASTEM on Twitter and don’t miss the NASA STEM board on Pinterest.

Free Educator Professional Development Workshop: Approaches to Teaching and Fostering Innovation
Audience: Middle School Educators
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27
Workshop Date: Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

The International Astronautical Congress—the world’s premier space conference—is coming to Washington, D.C., in October. Thousands of industry professionals, researchers and students will converge for a week of discussions ranging from space exploration and science, to policy and education. Applications are now being accepted for a day of educator professional development with talks, curriculum sharing and hands-on workshops. Participants will be exposed to a variety of resources, including the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) citizen science program, CloudSat, CanSat and the Tree-Height project.

 
  Explore Space Tech: BEST Green Propellant Infusion Mission and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: samuel.garcia@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, learn how to use the engineering design process to build a satellite and test green propellant. Participants will also learn about the current research going on at NASA, specifically the Green Propellant Infusion Mission. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.1 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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 will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound, and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Climate Change and Ecosystems
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about project-based learning strategies in environmental science. Participants will have opportunities to practice constructing explanations and solutions from authentic images and data. Explore NASA resources to guide students’ ability to build and use science ideas to develop skills in debating evidence. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years” by Dr. Grant Heiken, a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo. Hear stories of his and his colleagues’ tasks in assisting NASA in preparing for the arrival and analysis of rocks and soil from the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

 
  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 5
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 5, lunar enthusiasts worldwide take time to admire and celebrate our Moon. This year commemorates 10 years of International Observe the Moon Night. 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 details for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to help make your event a success.

International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

Earth Science Week 2019 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth Science and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that uses creativity and artistic expression to show how you take part in Earth science. Entries must be submitted by mail.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

Earth Science Week 2019 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Many Paths to Earth Science.” Submit a brief, 30- to 90-second original video that shows how people of various backgrounds participate in geoscience. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age worldwide. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview #9
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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.

Free Lecture—‘It Broke! A Story of How We Fixed It
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 19-20 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

After a successful flyby of the asteroid 9969 Braille, the Deep Space 1 spacecraft’s mission was almost cut short by a malfunctioning star tracker used for determining its orientation in zero gravity. Join Dr. Marc Rayman, mission director for Deep Space 1, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how his team repaired and saved a spacecraft that was millions of miles away. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 23
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative seeks applicants for a yearlong internship opportunity for graduate student research assistants. Students will work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the student’s coursework and class schedule during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.

NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets. 

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

 
  Explore Space Tech: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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.

Infiniscope Webinar: Rocket Learners to Success—Use Free Tools to Build Adaptive Experiences
Audience: U.S.-based Formal and Informal Educators of All Grades
Event Dates: Sept. 24 at 3:30 PDT
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Infiniscope Community empowers educators of all kinds to collaborate and create innovative, educational experiences that address the unique needs of all learners. Infiniscope’s widget-based platform makes it easy to design custom digital experiences using NASA visualizations, real-time feedback and differentiated pathways. Join the Infiniscope team for a free webinar and learn to build your own adaptive experiences. Register now to save your spot!

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-27
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What Happens to Your Data?
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to discuss what happens to data submitted to GLOBE’s Mission Mosquito project. Dr. Helen Amos will discuss data quality and how to ensure your reported data is the best it can be. A Q&A session will follow. Register online. http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS9

 
  Explore Space Tech: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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 drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM 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. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27
Workshop Dates: Oct. 16-17
Contact: smorrison@nasaprs.com 

Join NASA’s Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications for the Fluid Physics Workshop at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This event will feature scientists and engineers from academia, industry and other governmental agencies to provide recommendations to NASA on future research directions for the microgravity fluid physics program. All interested scientists, researchers and managers are invited to participate. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.

2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon’s polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life! 

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

 
  Apply to the Solar System Ambassadors Program
Audience: All Educators
Application Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: ambassador@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join—and those in Delaware, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, military bases and consulates overseas are especially encouraged to apply.

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience:
Educators and Students Worldwide
Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback 

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 rover! The Mars 2020 mission will launch next summer and land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. The mission will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet’s climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth and pave the way for human exploration.

 
  Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Presents Apollo at the Park
Audience: Public
Display Dates: Summer and Fall 2019
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is placing 15 replica statues of Neil Armstrong’s iconic spacesuit in Major League Baseball stadiums across the U.S. Visit the site and follow @airandspace on Twitter for updates on where and when you can spot a statue. Fans will be able to unlock exclusive digital content when interacting with the suit. Follow along and share your pictures using #SnapTheSuit.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

When Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.

 
Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Student Research Challenge
Audience: Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Next Proposal Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-USRC@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is challenging students to propose new aeronautics ideas relevant to NASA Aeronautics. The University Student Research Challenge provides grants for selected student projects and challenges students to raise a modest amount of cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and take action. Proposals may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated in three cycles: Oct. 30, 2019, Feb. 26, 2020, and June 24, 2020.

 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best. 

Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
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.

 

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength

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

 
 
 
 

 


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