NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 26, 2020

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


Hands-On @ Home

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

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

Read a Storybook
About Soil

Color a Lunar Adventure

Design and Build
an Astronaut Lander

For more activities, click here!

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Free Webinars for Educators

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

Upcoming webinars for K-12 and Informal Educators include:

Mobile Apps and More
for College Students Interested in NASA

March 26 at Noon EDT

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

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

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

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

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

For a full list of upcoming webinars, click here!

Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6

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

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


Audience: Educators, Students and Families

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

Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, Grades 3-12

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

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

To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the space station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS).

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Have questions? Email us at JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov.


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Interested communities must inquire no later than March 27.


Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut
Applications Due: March 31
Contact: stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? As preparations continue for sending the first woman and next man to the Moon, NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

Visit the How To Be an Astronaut page to find requirements, frequently asked questions and advice from current astronauts on how to apply.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021.


Call for Reviewers: NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Proposals
Audience: Subject Matter Experts With Ph.D.s
Application Deadline: April 3
Contact: agency-epscor@mail.nasa.gov

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

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

If you are interested, respond at nasa.epscor@nasaprs.com. Please also send an email to agency-epscor@mail.nasa.gov and indicate your contact information and research area of interest and/or expertise. You should then register at http://nspires.nasaprs.com (if already registered on NSPIRES, please confirm your login is still active).


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

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

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

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

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

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


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
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 19, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

NASA Activities to Do at Home
Launch a rocket! Build a hovercraft! Solve a puzzle!

Check out science, technology, engineering and mathematics
activities and projects for the whole family.

Download, Print & Learn About Commercial Crew!

Design and Build a Spacecraft You Can Eat

Be a Rocket Scientist Launch a Foam Rocket

For more activities, click here!

Free Webinars for Educators

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

Upcoming webinars for K-12 and Informal Educators include:

Explore Solar System & Beyond: Mars Bound
March 23 at 5 p.m. EDT

Moon to Mars Overview Propulsion With SLS
March 24 at 6 p.m. EDT

Eyes in the Sky With Space-based Telescopes
March 25 at 6 p.m. EDT

Mobile Apps and More
for College Students Interested in NASA

March 26 at Noon EDT

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

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

For a full list of upcoming webinars, click here!

World Water Day Is March 22!
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov

Sunday is World Water Day! Earth has a lot of water—it is one of the things that makes our big, blue planet so special. Teachers, help your students learn all about Earth’s water with NASA Space Place’s video and poster.

Celebrate Solar Week: Spring 2020
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 11-14
Event Date: March 23-27
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org

Learn about the Sun-Earth connection with cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where you can submit questions to leading solar scientists.Take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more scientist interaction.


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

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the space station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training.

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Have questions? Email us at JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov.


Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire no later than March 27.


Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut
Applications Due: March 31
Contact: stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? As preparations continue for sending the first woman and next man to the Moon, NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

Visit the How To Be an Astronaut page to find requirements, frequently asked questions and advice from current astronauts on how to apply.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021. To maximize events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the event into a well-developed education plan.


Be a Citizen Scientist—Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
Audience: Public
Challenge Dates: April 1-30
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, with a monthlong citizen science challenge! Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers in the challenge.


GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Countdown to Earth Day 2020
Audience: All Educators
Webinar Date: April 2 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org

April is the perfect time to introduce you to the Global Learning and Observations to benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program Observer Trees Campaign and highlight the connections between mosquito habitats, trees and Earth Day.


Call for Reviewers: NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Proposals
Audience: Subject Matter Experts With Ph.D.s
Application Deadline: April 3
Contact: agency-epscor@mail.nasa.gov

NASA is seeking qualified experts to review proposals for NASA’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. EPSCoR aims to strengthen the research capabilities of U.S. states that have not participated equably in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities in the past.

Potential reviewers may view the EPSCoR solicitation online in NSPIRES to determine if they’re interested in participating. Volunteers will be asked to review one to three proposals of approximately 20 pages in length. Eligible Non-Civil Servant reviewers receive an honorarium of $100 for the first proposal reviewed and $50 for each additional review.

If you are interested, respond at nasa.epscor@nasaprs.com. Please also send an email to agency-epscor@mail.nasa.gov and indicate your contact information and research area of interest and/or expertise. You should then register at http://nspires.nasaprs.com (if already registered on NSPIRES, please confirm your login is still active).


Now Available: Season 4 of ‘NASA Explorers’ Video Series
Audience: STEM Educators
Contact: becky.kamas@nasa.gov

Astronauts have been performing science experiments on the International Space Station for nearly 20 years. Inspire the Artemis Generation with a look into experimental science as Season 4 of “NASA Explorers” follows a team of scientists during their journey to launch their research from Earth to the space station.

These short, binge-worthy episodes from the ISS Program Science Office explore the world of scientific research in microgravity and demonstrate the excitement and importance of scientific research and space exploration.


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
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 12, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

NASA’s Next Mars Rover Has a New Name: Perseverance

Alexander Mather, a 13-year-old student from Virginia, submitted the 
winning name. Find out why he chose Perseverance as the name of 
NASA’s next robotic scientist to visit the Red Planet.

  Make Slime With Space Place!
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Since the universe began about 13.8 billion years ago, it’s been stretching out and expanding. Educators, teach your students about our stretching universe with this hands-on activity from NASA Space Place!

New Resources From the Commercial Crew Program: “The Astro-Not-Yets Explore Sound”
Audience: Educators of Grades K-4 

Join Mr. Armstrong and his class of astro-not-yets as they explore vibrations caused by sound in this new short storybook

After feeling the windows shake in their classroom as a result of a Commercial Crew launch, Mr. Armstrong challenges his students to create their own sound vibrations. Follow along as they use teamwork to complete this design challenge, and learn more about the Commercial Crew Program along the way. 

Next, challenge your students to their own design challenge with the accompanying activity “Sound on a String,” where they will be able to determine the best variables for transmitting sound on a string-cup phone. 

Inspire your astro-not-yets with these and more great resources found at: nasa.gov/stem/ccp.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Mars Bound
Audience:
Educators of Grades 3-12
Event Date:
March 23 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the “Mars Bound! Mission to the Red Planet Activity” and how to guide student teams in creating Mars missions. Students will develop a science question that requires a technical design solution involving the prioritization of communication systems, computer systems and scientific instrument packages. Students decide which trade-offs to make in order to remain within the limits of mass, power and budget constraints. These same considerations are made by teams at NASA developing missions to Mars. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Overview, Propulsion With SLS and Digital Educator Badge
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 24 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA is expanding human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars. The Artemis program will land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon. To enable educators to share the excitement of Artemis with students, NASA has developed educator guides on Propulsion with the Space Launch System, Crew Transportation with Orion and Habitation with Gateway. This webinar will explore Propulsion with SLS and provide a quick walkthrough of a digital Educator Badge (microcredential) that provides an in-depth exploration of all the guides. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Eyes in the Sky With Space-based Telescopes
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
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 space telescopes are our eyes on the universe, expanding our view and understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. Participants will learn about the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the electromagnetic spectrum. NASA STEM lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated in this out-of-this-world webinar. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: College STEM Students Utilize Mobile Apps and Digital Badges to Familiarize and Prepare Themselves for Opportunities with NASA
Audience:
University/College STEM Students
Event Date:
March 26 at Noon EDT
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu        
vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar for college STEM students. Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA app. Experience Earth and our solar system, the universe and the spacecraft exploring them with immersive apps for Mac, PC and mobile devices. This webinar is designed to showcase student engagement opportunities for college students interested in a possible career with NASA. Using mobile technology and online learning, students will explore ways to position themselves so that they may qualify for NASA opportunities. Underrepresented college students in STEM are encouraged to attend! Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Modeling the Solar System With STEAM
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
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 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 of our solar system in this out-of-this-world webinar. Online registration is required.

2020 NASA Fellowships in Aerospace History
Audience: Recent Recipients of a Doctorate in History or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: awards@historians.org 

Offered annually, the Fellowships in Aerospace History support significant scholarly research projects in aerospace history. These fellowships grant the opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering and management. 

The six- to nine-month fellowships are open to applicants with a doctorate in history or a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all coursework for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

 
  2020 CineSpace Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: July 15
Contact: info@tongal.com 

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The CineSpace competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions, as well as two special category films: 1) the best documentary film and 2) the film that best celebrates 20 years of human presence on the International Space Station.

Hydrogen Infrastructure Technologies Opportunity With U.S. Department of Energy
Audience: Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for an appointment with its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. Participants will learn and engage in important aspects of the office’s mission. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) and preferably have at least a Master’s degree or 3-5 years equivalent experience. Experience in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies is preferred. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Investigating Strange New Worlds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use real NASA data to explore how telescopes—especially the Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescopes—search for planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. The NASA STEM activities presented investigate how to use telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to interpret data and to construct graphs to determine if a planet beyond our solar system is Earth-like. Online registration is required.

Celebrate Pi Day With NASA Resources
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 6-12
Event Date: March 14 

It’s almost 3.14, also known as March 14 and more affectionately known as Pi Day! Get ready to celebrate and test your mathematical skills with a set of illustrated planetary puzzlers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 

This year’s challenge will be posted online on Fri., March 6! Are you up for the challenge?

 
  Moon to Mars: We Are Going—Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 16 at 6 p.m. EDT
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. NASA is expanding human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars. The new lunar exploration program that will land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon is called the Artemis program. To provide training opportunities for educators on Artemis program resources, NASA has developed a digital educator badge (microcredential) that provides an in-depth exploration of NASA’s new Moon to Mars curriculum modules. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: NASA’s Hunt for Signs of Life on Other Planets
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
anne.e.weiss@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Since Viking’s 1976 landing on Mars, NASA scientists have studied various planetary bodies for evidence of the ingredients necessary for life: liquid water, essential chemical elements and suitable energy sources. In this webinar, we’ll review what has been learned and how NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, Dragonfly mission to Titan, and OSIRIS-REx landing on the asteroid Bennu will contribute to the age-old question: Are we alone? Online registration is required.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘Infrared Exploration With Spitzer’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: March 18 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

After a highly successful 16-year mission, the Spitzer Space Telescope has been retired. Join project scientist Michael Werner for a discussion of Spitzer’s technical innovations and the scientific advances they enabled. See examples of remarkable images captured by Spitzer, and find out how it is setting the stage for future NASA observatories. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Automated Reconfigurable Mission Adaptive Digital Assembly Systems Project
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 19 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Silicon Valley, California, is responding to the needs of future deep space exploration. The Automated Reconfigurable Mission Adaptive Digital Assembly Systems (ARMADAS) project will develop and demonstrate the autonomous assembly of digital materials and structures. Learn how automated technologies present potential for long-duration and deep-space infrastructure needs. Online registration is required.

 
  Library of Congress 2020 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 23
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in June-July
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institutes for K-12 educators. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn how to use primary sources in the classroom effectively while exploring digitized historical artifacts and documents on the library’s website. Tuition and materials are free.

Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2020
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 23-27
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of educational web 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. During the week, students will be able to take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more interaction with a chosen scientist. 

Spring 2020 will feature a look at the exciting high-resolution close-ups of the Sun from the Inouye Telescope. And with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

 
  Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut
Application Period: March 2-31
Contact: stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov 

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? As preparations continue for sending the first woman and next man to the Moon, NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. 

Visit the How To Be an Astronaut page to find requirements, frequently asked questions and advice from current astronauts on how to apply.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

On Feb. 1, ARISS-US will begin accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes. Visit the site for proposal guidelines and forms.

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.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Be a Citizen Scientist—Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: April 1-30
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a monthlong citizen science challenge in April 2020. Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers in the challenge.

 
  Mechanical Maker Challenge—Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover
Audience:
U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: May 29
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 842 degrees Fahrenheit (450 degrees Celsius) and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical obstacle-detection sensor that could operate under the harsh conditions of Venus. A prize purse totaling $30,000 will be distributed to the top 3 finalists.

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 March 5, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut 

As we prepare to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, 
NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. 

Applications are due March 31.

  How Long Is a Year on Other Planets?
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

It takes approximately 365 days for Earth to orbit the Sun one time—that orbit marks one year on Earth. All of the other planets in our solar system also orbit the Sun. So, how long is a year on those planets? 

NASA Space Place helps students learn all about a year on other planets in our latest article.

Celebrate Pi Day With NASA Resources
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 6-12
Event Date: March 14 

It’s almost 3.14, also known as March 14 and more affectionately known as Pi Day! Get ready to celebrate and test your mathematical skills with a set of illustrated planetary puzzlers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 

This year’s challenge will be posted online on Fri., March 6! Are you up for the challenge?

 
  Moon to Mars: We Are Going—Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 16 at 6 p.m. EDT
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. NASA is expanding human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars. The new lunar exploration program that will land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon is called the Artemis program. To provide training opportunities for educators on Artemis program resources, NASA has developed a digital educator badge (microcredential) that provides an in-depth exploration of NASA’s new Moon to Mars curriculum modules. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: NASA’s Hunt for Signs of Life on Other Planets
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
anne.e.weiss@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Since Viking’s 1976 landing on Mars, NASA scientists have studied various planetary bodies for evidence of the ingredients necessary for life: liquid water, essential chemical elements and suitable energy sources. In this webinar, we’ll review what has been learned and how NASA’s Mars 2020 rover, Dragonfly mission to Titan, and OSIRIS-REx landing on the asteroid Bennu will contribute to the age-old question: Are we alone? Online registration is required.

 
  Automated Reconfigurable Mission Adaptive Digital Assembly Systems Project
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 19 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Ames Research Center, in Silicon Valley, California, is responding to the needs of future deep space exploration. The Automated Reconfigurable Mission Adaptive Digital Assembly Systems (ARMADAS) project will develop and demonstrate the autonomous assembly of digital materials and structures. Learn how automated technologies present potential for long-duration and deep-space infrastructure needs. Online registration is required.

Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement: Science Activation Program Integration
Audience:
U.S. Institutions, including Educational and Not-for-Profits
Notice of Intent Deadline: March 25
Proposal Deadline: May 27
Contact: lin.h.chambers@nasa.gov 

NASA Science Mission Directorate’s Science Activation Program seeks proposals from U.S. institutions to further enable NASA science experts to more effectively and efficiently reach learners of all ages. Through the program, competitively selected teams from across the U.S. work in partnership with each other and with NASA to connect NASA science experts, real content and experiences with community leaders to do science in ways that activate participation and promote understanding. 

Proposers must propose and explain processes to integrate subject matter experts into the SciAct portfolio and/or to broaden participation of learners. Both community-based efforts and scaling to the national level are encouraged.

 
  Explore the Cryosphere With Resources From My NASA Data!
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Grades 3-12
Contact: elizabeth.r.joyner@nasa.gov 

Check out the newest My NASA Data educational resources for grades 3-12 focused on measuring change in Earth’s cryosphere using the property of albedo. These resources include lesson plans, a geographic information system story map, mini lessons, data visualizations of NASA Earth data, connections to Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) protocols and more! My NASA Data is part of the GLOBE Mission Earth “Science Activation” project, which is a collaborative of multiple institutions (including NASA’s Langley Research Center) across the United States, formed to increase teacher/ student involvement in the GLOBE Program.

2020 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline: March 5
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2020 RASC-AL competition invites university teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future human missions to Mars in one of five themes: South Pole Multi-purpose Rover; International Space Station as a Mars Mission Analog; Short Surface Stay Mars Mission; Commercial Cislunar Space Development; and Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Science Payloads on the Gateway and/or Mars Deep Space Transport. Up to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2020 RASC-AL Forum. 

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

 2020 Rasc-al Competition
  Free Lecture—‘The Search for Life: Exploring Ocean Worlds’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: March 5-6 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

The search for life is civilization-level science. What happens if or when we find it? Join research scientist Dr. Morgan Cable at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the upcoming “Ocean Access” missions. Find out why ocean worlds are important and what the discovery of life could mean to us as a civilization. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

Call for Abstracts: 71st International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Submission Deadline: March 5
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 71st International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 12-16, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international communities. 

NASA requests that students who have submitted abstracts to the IAF website submit their abstracts to the NASA website by Thurs., March 5 (11:59 p.m. EST). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA. 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in a U.S. university or college by Feb. 27 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

 
  NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.

Solar System Exploration: Teaching Observation and Interference Through Geologic Images
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about activities that introduce students to geologic processes on Earth and explain how to identify geologic features in images. Discover how scientists use Earth to understand other planetary bodies in the solar system better. Online registration is required.

 
  GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar—Better Together: Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool, and team leaders are finding that along with temperature and precipitation information, land cover data is proving to be an important environmental parameter in disease risk modeling. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Pedar Nelson and Rusty Low about how and why collecting land cover and mosquito habitat mapper observations are a nice pairing of information. Register online.

Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s Artemis program—the new lunar exploration program under the broader Moon to Mars exploration theme. The second part of the webinar will cover the educational resources associated with the Artemis program—activity guides, student challenges and educator training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: The Arts in STEM—Advancing Meaningful Integration
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 10 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Robonaut Deputy Project Manager Jonathan Rogers of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rogers focuses on the development of robotic technologies for advancing human spaceflight. He previously developed a robotically assisted spacesuit glove and has most recently led a team to repair, upgrade and return Robonaut to the International Space Station.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 11 at 6 p.m. EDT
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.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Life and Marine Science—Tracking Live Marine Animals
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 11 at 9 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring marine biologist Dr. Helen Bailey. She studies protected species to understand their movements and habitat use better, and to inform conservation and management. She has published 50 journal articles, specializing in marine mammals and sea turtles. Dr. Bailey’s research has included studying how bottlenose dolphins interact with their habitats, underwater sound levels and the environmental impact of offshore wind turbines on marine mammals.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Investigating Strange New Worlds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use real NASA data to explore how telescopes—especially the Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescopes—search for planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. The NASA STEM activities presented investigate how to use telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to interpret data and to construct graphs to determine if a planet beyond our solar system is Earth-like. Online registration is required.

 
  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
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.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 13
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.

 
  Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—Women in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 14 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT)
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Women will have an immense impact on the future of space, aviation and other STEM fields. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a day of hands-on activities for families at the “Women in Aviation and Space” Family Day taking place at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Explore accomplishments by women of the past, and learn what can and will be achieved by women in the future.

Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2020
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 23-27
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of educational web 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. During the week, students will be able to take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more interaction with a chosen scientist. 

Spring 2020 will feature a look at the exciting high-resolution close-ups of the Sun from the Inouye Telescope. And with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

 
  Library of Congress 2020 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 23
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in June-July
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institutes for K-12 educators. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn how to use primary sources in the classroom effectively while exploring digitized historical artifacts and documents on the library’s website. Tuition and materials are free.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit
Audience: Public
Contact: nasapsychemission@gmail.com 

Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be. 

The NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit includes free online courses based on the real-world science, engineering, technology and teamwork behind the Psyche mission. Two courses are available, and more will be developed throughout the life of the mission.

 
  Join Today and Get a Postcard From Space: Blue Origin’s Club for the Future
Audience: K-12 Students, Educators and Parents
Contact: clubforfuture@blueorigin.com 

Club for the Future is a nonprofit founded by Blue Origin to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and to help visualize the future of life in space. The organization gathers teachers and K-12 students worldwide to engage in activities giving youth access to space through Blue Origin’s reusable rockets. 

Want to be one of the first humans to receive a postcard from space? Join the club and learn how you can send a postcard on a round-trip visit to space.

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 Feb. 27, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.” — Katherine Johnson, 1918-2020

  New Moon to Mars: Educator Guides Focus on Orion, Space Launch System and Gateway
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8 

Celebrate Digital Learning Day today with three Moon-to-Mars-themed educator guides! Recently released, these guides focus on NASA’s efforts to put the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. Explore Orion, the spacecraft that will shepherd astronauts on their journey with “Crew Transportation With Orion.” Learn about America’s most powerful rocket with “Propulsion With Space Launch System.” Discover the Gateway, NASA’s new habitat that will orbit the Moon, with “Habitation With Gateway.” 

Each guide includes four activities that are aligned to today’s education standards. Whether your students are building an orbital docking system, creating a multi-stage rocket or designing a space habitat, these modules will bring the Artemis program into your classroom!

All About Leap Day!
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-8
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Leap Day is coming up! 

This year, February has 29 days instead of 28. That extra day is leap day, and 2020 is a leap year! Why do we have leap years? Your friends at NASA Space Place explain all things leap year in our latest article. Check it out! 

Educators, try this math problem set for upper-elementary and middle-school students to get them doing the math for themselves.

 
  Solar System Exploration: Teaching Observation and Interference Through Geologic Images
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about activities that introduce students to geologic processes on Earth and explain how to identify geologic features in images. Discover how scientists use Earth to understand other planetary bodies in the solar system better. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s Artemis program—the new lunar exploration program under the broader Moon to Mars exploration theme. The second part of the webinar will cover the educational resources associated with the Artemis program—activity guides, student challenges and educator training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 11 at 6 p.m. EDT
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 Solar System and Beyond: Investigating Strange New Worlds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 12 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use real NASA data to explore how telescopes—especially the Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescopes—search for planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. The NASA STEM activities presented investigate how to use telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to interpret data and to construct graphs to determine if a planet beyond our solar system is Earth-like. Online registration is required.

 
  Library of Congress 2020 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 23
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in June-July
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institutes for K-12 educators. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. During each five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn how to use primary sources in the classroom effectively while exploring digitized historical artifacts and documents on the library’s website. Tuition and materials are free.

Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2020
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 23-27
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of educational web 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. During the week, students will be able to take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more interaction with a chosen scientist. 

Spring 2020 will feature a look at the exciting high-resolution close-ups of the Sun from the Inouye Telescope. And with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

 
  Mechanical Maker Challenge—Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover
Audience:
U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: May 29
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 842 degrees Fahrenheit (450 degrees Celsius) and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical obstacle-detection sensor that could operate under the harsh conditions of Venus. A prize purse totaling $30,000 will be distributed to the top 3 finalists.

Explore Space Technology: Engineering Design 101
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Find ways to explore the engineering design process in your classroom and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also, learn more about NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world. Online registration is required.

 
  Cosmic Fireworks: Make Your Own Festive Galaxy With NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Feb. 29
Contact: mdussault@cfa.harvard.edu 

Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful image of the iconic starburst galaxy M82. Capture your own real-time telescope image of M82 using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network, or work with an archived set of NASA data files of M82 taken with four multiwavelength space telescope missions: Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and Galex. NASA experts may comment on creations highlighted as standout entries.

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

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1
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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 2 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students can construct a speaker to amplify sound, and then figure out how to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
  Summer Institute—LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: March 2
Institute Dates: June 21-26
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2020 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s theme is “Moon to Mars.” Attendees will explore NASA’s plans to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon, using what we learn there as a stepping stone to exploring Mars. Participants will attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tour NASA facilities and receive hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to education standards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year of teaching experience prior to the institute.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for its Energy Storage Internship Program. Participants get 10 weeks of hands-on, practical experience at U.S. national laboratories conducting research related to the development of newer chemistries, battery designs and manufacturing processes needed to usher in changes in energy storage. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate junior or senior, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

 
  Department of Homeland Security’s Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking applications from students interested in participating in 10 weeks of quality research experiences at federal research facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and majoring in a STEM field with interest in homeland security research. Students chosen to participate will receive stipends, housing allowance and travel reimbursements.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 3 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the newly released “Fantastic Forces” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
  Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 4 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Take a journey into the solar system and beyond to learn about activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. The NASA STEAM activity “Art and The Cosmic Connection” will be featured during this webinar. Online registration is required.

Endeavor Webinar: Chemistry in the STEM Classroom
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring senior food scientist Xulei Wu from the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Wu leads freeze-drying production at Johnson and conducts research and development work to guarantee the safety, nutrition and palatability of space food. Her specialty is in sensory evaluation, freeze-drying technology, low-moisture food and shelf-life study.

 
 2020 Rasc-al Competition 2020 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline: March 5
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2020 RASC-AL competition invites university teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future human missions to Mars in one of five themes: South Pole Multi-purpose Rover; International Space Station as a Mars Mission Analog; Short Surface Stay Mars Mission; Commercial Cislunar Space Development; and Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Science Payloads on the Gateway and/or Mars Deep Space Transport. Up to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2020 RASC-AL Forum. 

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

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.

 
  NASA Postdoctoral Program Seeks Volunteer Reviewers
Audience: Subject Matter Experts at Least Three Years Past Their Ph.D.
Contact: nppreviews@usra.edu 

NASA is seeking qualified experts to review applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program. Reviewers are matched with proposals based on an online self-evaluation. No travel is required. Typically, two weeks are provided to complete the self-evaluation and an additional two to three weeks for any assigned reviews. Eligible reviewers receive an honorarium of $50 per review and $250 for participation in a virtual panel. 

Reviewers must have completed their doctoral degrees at least three years before registering. Research areas include aeronautics, engineering, astrobiology, astrophysics, biological sciences, cosmochemistry, Earth science, heliophysics, interdisciplinary science, planetary science and technology development. 

If interested in being a reviewer, visit https://npp.usra.edu/reviewer_connect/ to create an account.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar—Better Together: Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool, and team leaders are finding that along with temperature and precipitation information, land cover data is proving to be an important environmental parameter in disease risk modeling. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Pedar Nelson and Rusty Low about how and why collecting land cover and mosquito habitat mapper observations are a nice pairing of information. Register online.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: The Arts in STEM—Advancing Meaningful Integration
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 10 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Robonaut Deputy Project Manager Jonathan Rogers of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rogers focuses on the development of robotic technologies for advancing human spaceflight. He previously developed a robotically assisted spacesuit glove and has most recently led a team to repair, upgrade and return Robonaut to the International Space Station.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  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
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.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 13
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.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

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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 Feb. 20, 2020

Explorers Wanted: NASA Is Hiring Astronauts
Do YOU have what it takes to join the next astronaut class?

Learn About Ocean Currents!
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 3-6
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Can you go with the flow? 

NASA Space Place’s Go With the Flow game helps students learn about ocean currents. The rules of the game mimic how real ocean currents work. 

Learn about ocean currents and unlock the hidden treasure with Go With the Flow!

NASA Postdoctoral Program Seeks Volunteer Reviewers
Audience: Subject Matter Experts at Least Three Years Past Their Ph.D.
Contact: nppreviews@usra.edu 

NASA is seeking qualified experts to review applications for the NASA Postdoctoral Program. Reviewers are matched with proposals based on an online self-evaluation. No travel is required. Typically, two weeks are provided to complete the self-evaluation and an additional two to three weeks for any assigned reviews. Eligible reviewers receive an honorarium of $50 per review and $250 for participation in a virtual panel. 

Reviewers must have completed their doctoral degrees at least three years before registering. Research areas include aeronautics, engineering, astrobiology, astrophysics, biological sciences, cosmochemistry, Earth science, heliophysics, interdisciplinary science, planetary science and technology development. 

If interested in being a reviewer, visit https://npp.usra.edu/reviewer_connect/ to create an account.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 2 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students can construct a speaker to amplify sound, and then figure out how to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 3 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the newly released “Fantastic Forces” activity. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
  Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 4 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Take a journey into the solar system and beyond to learn about activities that bring art into the STEM classroom. The NASA STEAM activity “Art and The Cosmic Connection” will be featured during this webinar. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar—Better Together: Mosquito Habitat Mapper and Land Cover
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool, and team leaders are finding that along with temperature and precipitation information, land cover data is proving to be an important environmental parameter in disease risk modeling. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Pedar Nelson and Rusty Low about how and why collecting land cover and mosquito habitat mapper observations are a nice pairing of information. Register online.

 
  Homeland Security Postdoctoral Fellowship With the Transportation Security Lab
Audience: Graduating Doctoral and Postgraduate Students
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

Are you ready to perform cutting-edge research, collaborate with top scientists and access unique research and facilities at a federal laboratory? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Laboratory is seeking applicants to participate in a new endeavor in synthetic data generation and testing. Selected applicants will work with TSL staff and researchers focused on a two-fold approach involving X-ray and millimeter wave regimes. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. See the website for benefits and eligibility requirements.

‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thurs., Feb. 20. NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering agencywide. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov to learn more.

 
  NASA STEAM: Exploring Ice and Snow With My NASA Data
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about My NASA Data, a learning tool that provides interactive technology lessons related to snow and ice. Explore data and images of sea and land ice melt. This webinar will share lesson plans that engage students in problem-solving of real-life events concerning winter storms and snow and ice changes. Online registration is required.

2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  2020 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: Feb. 22
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 18-Aug. 1, 2020, or to participate in a virtual project. Participants conduct authentic research while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

Explore Space Technology: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

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

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

 
  Explore Space Technology: Engineering Design 101
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Find ways to explore the engineering design process in your classroom and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also, learn more about NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world. Online registration is required.

Call for Abstracts: 71st International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 71st International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international communities. 

NASA requests that students who have submitted abstracts to the IAF website submit their abstracts to the NASA website by Thurs., Feb. 27 (11:59 p.m. EST). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA. 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in a U.S. university or college by Feb. 27 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

 
  Cosmic Fireworks: Make Your Own Festive Galaxy With NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Feb. 29
Contact: mdussault@cfa.harvard.edu 

Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful image of the iconic starburst galaxy M82. Capture your own real-time telescope image of M82 using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network, or work with an archived set of NASA data files of M82 taken with four multiwavelength space telescope missions: Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and Galex. NASA experts may comment on creations highlighted as standout entries.

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

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate exceptional teachers, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for primary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, 2020. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 competition.

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Institute Dates: June 21-26, 2020
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2020 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s theme is “Moon to Mars.” Attendees will explore NASA’s plans to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon, using what we learn there as a stepping stone to exploring Mars. Participants will attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tour NASA facilities and receive hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to education standards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year of teaching experience prior to the institute.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for its Energy Storage Internship Program. Participants get 10 weeks of hands-on, practical experience at U.S. national laboratories conducting research related to the development of newer chemistries, battery designs and manufacturing processes needed to usher in changes in energy storage. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate junior or senior, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

Department of Homeland Security’s Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking applications from students interested in participating in 10 weeks of quality research experiences at federal research facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and majoring in a STEM field with interest in homeland security research. Students chosen to participate will receive stipends, housing allowance and travel reimbursements.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Chemistry in the STEM Classroom
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring senior food scientist Xulei Wu from the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Wu leads freeze-drying production at Johnson and conducts research and development work to guarantee the safety, nutrition and palatability of space food. Her specialty is in sensory evaluation, freeze-drying technology, low-moisture food and shelf-life study.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

On Feb. 1, ARISS-US will begin accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes. Visit the site for proposal guidelines and forms.

2020 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Entry Deadline: March 5, 2020
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2020 RASC-AL competition invites university teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program and future human missions to Mars in one of five themes: South Pole Multi-purpose Rover; International Space Station as a Mars Mission Analog; Short Surface Stay Mars Mission; Commercial Cislunar Space Development; and Autonomous Utilization and Maintenance for Science Payloads on the Gateway and/or Mars Deep Space Transport. Up to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2020 RASC-AL Forum.For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

 2020 Rasc-al Competition
  NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Being an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.

Be a Citizen Scientist—Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: April 1-30
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a monthlong citizen science challenge in April 2020. Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers in the challenge.

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 13, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

NASA 2020: A Year of Action
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the boundaries of exploration in space and on Earth.
  Printable Valentines From NASA Space Place
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

It’s nearly Valentine’s Day! 

Looking for last-minute Valentine’s Day cards? Your friends at Space Place have out-of-this world space Valentines for every family member, friend or student on your list! 

Print them from our webpage.

New Education Resources—Peanuts and NASA: Snoopy in Space
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Contact: http://ymiclassroom.com/feedback-peanuts/ 

Inspire your students to reach for the stars! NASA has teamed up with Peanuts Worldwide to send Snoopy and Woodstock on space-themed adventures to explore the International Space Station, travel to the Moon and dream about the journey to Mars. These STEM-focused classroom activity sets for grades K-5 will engage your students with fascinating facts about space exploration while boosting their creative problem-solving skills and reinforcing the value of teamwork.

 
  ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 20, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thurs., Feb. 20. NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering agencywide. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov to learn more.

Explore Space Technology: BEST Rover and Engineering Design
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

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

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

 
  Explore Space Technology: Engineering Design 101
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Find ways to explore the engineering design process in your classroom and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also, learn more about NASA design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common core idea across each grade level in the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding the world. Online registration is required.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is seeking applicants for its Energy Storage Internship Program. Participants get 10 weeks of hands-on, practical experience at U.S. national laboratories conducting research related to the development of newer chemistries, battery designs and manufacturing processes needed to usher in changes in energy storage. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be an undergraduate junior or senior, graduate or recent postgraduate of an accredited institute of higher education. Stipends and travel allowance are provided.

 
  Department of Homeland Security’s Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 2
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking applications from students interested in participating in 10 weeks of quality research experiences at federal research facilities. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old and majoring in a STEM field with interest in homeland security research. Students chosen to participate will receive stipends, housing allowance and travel reimbursements.

Explorers Wanted—Apply To Be an Astronaut
Application Period: March 2-31
Contact: stephanie.schierholz@nasa.gov 

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut? As preparations continue for sending the first woman and next man to the Moon, NASA is looking for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts. 

Visit the How To Be an Astronaut page to find requirements, frequently asked questions and advice from current astronauts on how to apply.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Chemistry in the STEM Classroom
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring senior food scientist Xulei Wu from the Space Food Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Wu leads freeze-drying production at Johnson and conducts research and development work to guarantee the safety, nutrition and palatability of space food. Her specialty is in sensory evaluation, freeze-drying technology, low-moisture food and shelf-life study.

Endeavor Webinar: The Arts in STEM—Advancing Meaningful Integration
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 10 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Robonaut Deputy Project Manager Jonathan Rogers of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Rogers focuses on the development of robotic technologies for advancing human spaceflight. He previously developed a robotically assisted spacesuit glove and has most recently led a team to repair, upgrade and return Robonaut to the International Space Station.

 
  Endeavor Webinar: Life and Marine Science—Tracking Live Marine Animals
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
March 11 at 9 p.m. EDT
Contact:
kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring marine biologist Dr. Helen Bailey. She studies protected species to understand their movements and habitat use better, and to inform conservation and management. She has published 50 journal articles, specializing in marine mammals and sea turtles. Dr. Bailey’s research has included studying how bottlenose dolphins interact with their habitats, underwater sound levels and the environmental impact of offshore wind turbines on marine mammals.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 15 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: March 27
Start Date: Sept. 1
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 15 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than March 27.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: April 1-30
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 25th anniversary of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, GLOBE Observer is hosting a monthlong citizen science challenge in April 2020. Citizen scientists worldwide are invited to measure the height of as many different trees as possible throughout the month using the Trees tool in the GLOBE Observer app. The individuals, schools and registered teams that measure the most trees will be recognized as top observers in the challenge.

Endeavor Webinar: Coding, Robotics and 1:1 Devices
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date:
April 23 at 9 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.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.eduRobots are a part of our everyday lives. How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore answers to these questions and more. Also, learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEAM robotic missions, lessons and online resources. Online registration is required.
Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 7
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.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will explore ways to use the engineering design process to build and test a drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students can construct a speaker to amplify sound, and then figure out how to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA STEAM: Exploring Ice and Snow With My NASA Data
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about My NASA Data, a learning tool that provides interactive technology lessons related to snow and ice. Explore data and images of sea and land ice melt. This webinar will share lesson plans that engage students in problem-solving of real-life events concerning winter storms and snow and ice changes. Online registration is required.

2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  2020 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: Feb. 22
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 18-Aug. 1, 2020, or to participate in a virtual project. Participants conduct authentic research while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate exceptional teachers, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for primary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, 2020. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 competition.

 
  Summer Institute—LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Institute Dates: June 21-26, 2020
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2020 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s theme is “Moon to Mars.” Attendees will explore NASA’s plans to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon, using what we learn there as a stepping stone to exploring Mars. Participants will attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tour NASA facilities and receive hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to education standards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year of teaching experience prior to the institute.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

On Feb. 1, ARISS-US will begin accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes. Visit the site for proposal guidelines and forms.

 
  Call for Abstracts: 71st International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 71st International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international communities. 

NASA requests that students who have submitted abstracts to the IAF website submit their abstracts to the NASA website by Thurs., Feb. 27 (11:59 p.m. EST). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA. 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in a U.S. university or college by Feb. 27 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

Cosmic Fireworks: Make Your Own Festive Galaxy With NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Feb. 29
Contact: mdussault@cfa.harvard.edu 

Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful image of the iconic starburst galaxy M82. Capture your own real-time telescope image of M82 using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network, or work with an archived set of NASA data files of M82 taken with four multiwavelength space telescope missions: Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and Galex. NASA experts may comment on creations highlighted as standout entries.

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

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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 Feb. 6, 2020

 

After spending 328 days
(more than an entire school year!)
living and working on the space station, we’re so happy to have you back. 

 

The enthusiasm and joy that you shared during your historic mission inspires us to
follow our STEM dreams! 
 
Space Place Is Here!
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students
Contact: info@spaceplace.nasa.gov 

Starting this week, NASA Space Place will be regularly featured in the NASA EXPRESS.NASA Space Place engages and inspires kids online with games, videos, activities and articles. We are so excited to share our student and educator content in our new spot on the EXPRESS! 

Looking for more? Visit us at our website or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up.

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

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

Visit the site for resources to incorporate this morning’s Expedition 61 landing into your curriculum. Lessons and activities for Black History Month, National Pizza Day, National Inventors Day, Valentine’s Day, Galileo Day, the anniversary of John Glenn’s orbital flight, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Leap Day are also highlighted. 

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

Explore Space Technology: Drag Devices
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn how technology drives exploration. Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum, participants will explore ways to use the engineering design process to build and test a drag device. Participants will also learn about current research going on at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Online registration is required.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Senses of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students can construct a speaker to amplify sound, and then figure out how to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.

NASA STEAM: Exploring Ice and Snow With My NASA Data
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 20 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about My NASA Data, a learning tool that provides interactive technology lessons related to snow and ice. Explore data and images of sea and land ice melt. This webinar will share lesson plans that engage students in problem-solving of real-life events concerning winter storms and snow and ice changes. Online registration is required.

 
  Celebrate Black History Month With NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 6 for two special programs celebrating Black History month. The first event, at 10 a.m. EST, features panelists discussing three key NASA programs. The second event, at 2 p.m. EST, features STEM panelists discussing their careers at NASA. 

Watch the events live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. We invite you to participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or via the chat window next to the video player.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What To Do With Mosquito Data
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are integrating the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool into their ongoing curricula and afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Dr. Becky Boger as she takes participants on a journey using map tools and data portals to create a context for the data being collected. Register online.

 
  Explore Science Literacy and STEAM Activities With ‘Earth Observatory Kids
Audience:
Educators of Grades 2-8
Event Date:
Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore “Earth Observatory Kids,” NASA’s free publication for students in grades 2-8. During this webinar we will look at science literacy articles and activities, as well as student interactive technology with topics to include: atmosphere, heat, humans, land, life, natural events, remote sensing, snow, ice and water. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture—‘Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Seeing Distant Planets’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 6-7 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by NASA’s Voyager mission, join astronomers Rich Terrile and Rob Zellem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the impact of that image and other distant views of Earth. Learn about the quest to photograph an exoplanet orbiting another star as its own pale blue dot. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

 
  Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience: College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. EST and Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a pair of free 60-minute webinars. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. EST)
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make, to flight and space exploration during Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities that will challenge families to be pioneers in space and aviation, hear inspiring stories of African Americans who have overcome challenges and refused to be hidden figures, and enjoy guest speakers as they share their personal tales of triumph.

 
  Explore Space Technology: BEST Satellite and the Engineering Design Process
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the International Space Station and other NASA satellites. Explore the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and how to use the engineering design process to create and launch a satellite. The activities featured in this webinar align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

 
  GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to a free series of webinars about the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign. This campaign focuses on the impact urbanization has on Earth’s surface temperature and how surface temperature changes the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Join Dr. Kevin Czajkowski to learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘The Sun in a New Light’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

The Sun rises and sets at predictable times and provides our planet with light and warmth. But the Sun is so much more! Join physicist Mark Cheung for an exploration of how the latest fleet of science missions are revealing the mysteries of the Sun. See the Sun in all its true colors, and discover how learning about our own star will help us find habitable planets around other stars. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

 
  NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 Schools and School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; Community-based Organizations; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb 11 (Priority 2)
Contact: oed.grants@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and K-12 students’ knowledge of ways to make their communities more resilient to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build environmental literacy necessary for community resilience to the weather and other environmental hazards associated with a community’s location.

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

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

 
  Teaching Eclipses: Using Digital Models to Explore Phenomena
Audience: U.S.-based Formal Educators
Event Date: Feb 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

Infiniscope presents, “Kingdom in Peril,” a three-part learning experience that explores phenomena such as the arrangement of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, shadow size and orbital inclination to present a complete exploration of lunar and solar eclipses for grades 5-8. This unique learning experience uses NASA technology, cloaked in a rich and engaging narrative, to understand key concepts of solar and lunar eclipses. Join us to learn how to implement these digital learning experiences in your classroom for maximum engagement and student growth.

Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Robots are a part of our everyday lives. How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore answers to these questions and more. Also, learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEAM robotic missions, lessons and online resources. Online registration is required.

 
  Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 14
Contact: info@cubesinspace.com 

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility and Langley Research Center, along with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and idoodledu Inc. are offering a free STEAM education program for students ages 11-18. Cubes in Space lets students design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Selected student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia in late June 2020, or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Scientific Balloon Flight Facility in New Mexico in late August 2020.

Cosmic Fireworks: Make Your Own Festive Galaxy With NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Feb. 29
Contact: mdussault@cfa.harvard.edu 

Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own beautiful image of the iconic starburst galaxy M82. Capture your own real-time telescope image of M82 using the MicroObservatory robotic telescope network, or work with an archived set of NASA data files of M82 taken with four multiwavelength space telescope missions: Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer and Galex. NASA experts may comment on creations highlighted as standout entries.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate exceptional teachers, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for primary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, 2020. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 competition.

U.S. Census Bureau—‘Statistics in Schools’ Resources
Audience: Pre-K-12 Educators
Contact: mc@lcer.org 

Looking for ways to spotlight the 2020 Census in your classroom? The U.S. Census Bureau’s new “Statistics in Schools” resources highlight the importance of counting everyone, especially children. “Statistics in Schools” brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for pre-K-12 grade levels. All resources are teacher designed and easy to use. Visit the site to download activities related to mathematics, English, history, geography, sociology and more.

 
  2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

 
  Call for Abstracts: 71st International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 71st International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international communities. 

NASA requests that students who have submitted abstracts to the IAF website submit their abstracts to the NASA website by Thurs., Feb. 27 (11:59 p.m. EST). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA. 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in a U.S. university or college by Feb. 27 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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

 
 
 
 

 


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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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  Celebrate Black History Month With NASA
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 6, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 6 for two special programs celebrating Black History month. The first event, at 10 a.m. EST, features panelists discussing three key NASA programs. The second event, at 2 p.m. EST, features STEM panelists discussing their careers at NASA. 

Watch the events live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. We invite you to participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or via the chat window next to the video player.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What To Do With Mosquito Data
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are integrating the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool into their ongoing curricula and afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Dr. Becky Boger as she takes participants on a journey using map tools and data portals to create a context for the data being collected. Register online.

 
  Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 8 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. EST)
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Celebrate the significant contributions African Americans have made, and continue to make, to flight and space exploration during Family Day at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities that will challenge families to be pioneers in space and aviation, hear inspiring stories of African Americans who have overcome challenges and refused to be hidden figures, and enjoy guest speakers as they share their personal tales of triumph.

Explore Space Technology: BEST Satellite and the Engineering Design Process
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the International Space Station and other NASA satellites. Explore the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and how to use the engineering design process to create and launch a satellite. The activities featured in this webinar align with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Participants will also get an overview of newly released digital badges for educators and students. Online registration is required.

Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience:
College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA EPDC’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘The Sun in a New Light’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

The Sun rises and sets at predictable times and provides our planet with light and warmth. But the Sun is so much more! Join physicist Mark Cheung for an exploration of how the latest fleet of science missions are revealing the mysteries of the Sun. See the Sun in all its true colors, and discover how learning about our own star will help us find habitable planets around other stars. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

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

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

 
  Teaching Eclipses: Using Digital Models to Explore Phenomena
Audience: U.S.-based Formal Educators
Event Date: Feb 12 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

Infiniscope presents, “Kingdom in Peril,” a three-part learning experience that explores phenomena such as the arrangement of the Sun-Earth-Moon system, shadow size and orbital inclination to present a complete exploration of lunar and solar eclipses for grades 5-8. This unique learning experience uses NASA technology, cloaked in a rich and engaging narrative, to understand key concepts of solar and lunar eclipses. Join us to learn how to implement these digital learning experiences in your classroom for maximum engagement and student growth.

Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Robots are a part of our everyday lives. How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore answers to these questions and more. Also, learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEAM robotic missions, lessons and online resources. Online registration is required.

 
  Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)
Audience: College Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Proposal Deadline: March 27
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station remains the sole space-based proving ground for reaching the Moon in 2024 through NASA’s Artemis program. To celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, NASA STEM on Station will fund five payloads to the space station, including return, through the Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS). This opportunity is co-designed and executed through NanoRacks, who will provide payload integration support and training. 

Teams of students will propose experiments related to bacteria resistance or sustainability research, topics that are critical not only to the space station but also to future exploration. Selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists in a substantial part of their experiment and conduct educational outreach activities.

Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian—Women in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 14 (10 a.m.-3 p.m. EDT)
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Women will have an immense impact on the future of space, aviation and other STEM fields. Celebrate Women’s History Month with a day of hands-on activities for families at the “Women in Aviation and Space” Family Day taking place at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Explore accomplishments by women of the past, and learn what can and will be achieved by women in the future.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘Infrared Exploration With Spitzer’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: March 18 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

After a highly successful 16-year mission, the Spitzer Space Telescope has been retired. Join project scientist Michael Werner for a discussion of Spitzer’s technical innovations and the scientific advances they enabled. See examples of remarkable images captured by Spitzer, and find out how it is setting the stage for future NASA observatories. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘When Did the Universe Begin?’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: April 24 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

A century ago the “Great Debate” was held among astronomers to discuss if galaxies exist. Today, a new debate has arisen: How old is the universe? Join professor Wendy Freedman as she shares her research aimed at measuring the current expansion rate of the universe and what it can tell us about the age of the universe. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

 
  Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—‘Capturing an Image of a Black Hole’
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: May 14 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Black holes are cosmic objects so small and dense that nothing, not even light, can escape their gravitational pull. Until recently, no one had ever seen what a black hole actually looked like. Join Shepard Doeleman as he shares how the Event Horizon Telescope was able to capture the first image of a black hole and discusses the resulting images. The lecture takes place at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

New Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Available—‘Wetlands’
Audience: High School Educators
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

“Wetlands” is a comprehensive unit plan created in the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative program that introduces students in grades 9-12 to the ecosystem and economic services that wetlands provide. The unit provides hands-on and laboratory investigations that evaluate human impacts on saltmarsh ecosystems while integrating field work activities using GLOBE, My NASA Data and many other NASA educational resources, content and platforms.

 
  Explore Life in Extreme Environments: Life in the Cold and Dark
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore “NASA Resources for Teaching Natural Selection and Adaptation.” From microorganisms to penguins, organisms are uniquely designed for some of the harshest Earth and space environments. Join us as we take a closer look at these extreme environments and the life among them. Online registration is required.

Request for Proposals—NASA Centennial Challenges: Lunar Nutrition Challenge
Audience: Non-profit Organizations
Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Centennial Challenges program, part of the prizes and challenges portfolio within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is seeking to identify potential partner organizations for a challenge on lunar nutrition. Future planetary habitats on the Moon and Mars will require a high degree of self-sufficiency; and long-duration human space exploration will require a sustainable food source. To help solve this problem, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a NASA Centennial Challenge for the public to help NASA create a system capable of providing astronauts with healthy, nutrient-filled food. Visit the Request for Proposals link above for specific information regarding responsibilities and requirements.

 
  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.

 
Department of Education logo Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: CyberAwards@ed.gov 

Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented annually to two educators, one elementary and one secondary, who instill in their students the skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects. Recipients will receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, the secretary of education and the director of the National Science Foundation. Winners will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and professional development opportunities. Educators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools and tribal areas are eligible to apply or be nominated. Anyone (e.g. principals, superintendents, parents, etc.) may nominate an educator for this honor; self-nominations are permitted as well.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-Plane Glider Challenge
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the newly released X-Plane Glider Challenge where students use the engineering design process to create an X-plane glider. Participants will review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research and discuss the future of NASA aeronautics innovation including NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the latest research on quiet supersonic flight. Online registration is required.

 
  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool, and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in April 2020. One team will be selected to receive funding to present its idea at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, in June 2020.

Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’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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  Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-5
Contact: shupla@lpi.usra.edu 

Informal educators, museum staff, scout leaders and others who conduct programs for children or the public are invited to attend the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This free two-day institute will feature presentations by planetary scientists, and will introduce participants to a variety of hands-on activities and resources for engaging public audiences. Participants will be expected to conduct and report on at least two programs that use resources, information or activities from the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: Feb. 5
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  Explore Science Literacy and STEAM Activities With ‘Earth Observatory Kids
Audience:
Educators of Grades 2-8
Event Date:
Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore “Earth Observatory Kids,” NASA’s free publication for students in grades 2-8. During this webinar we will look at science literacy articles and activities, as well as student interactive technology with topics to include: atmosphere, heat, humans, land, life, natural events, remote sensing, snow, ice and water. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture—‘Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Seeing Distant Planets’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 6-7 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by NASA’s Voyager mission, join astronomers Rich Terrile and Rob Zellem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the impact of that image and other distant views of Earth. Learn about the quest to photograph an exoplanet orbiting another star as its own pale blue dot. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

 
  Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience:
College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to a free series of webinars about the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign. This campaign focuses on the impact urbanization has on Earth’s surface temperature and how surface temperature changes the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Join Dr. Kevin Czajkowski to learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

 
  NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 Schools and School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; Community-based Organizations; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb 11 (Priority 2)
Contact: oed.grants@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and K-12 students’ knowledge of ways to make their communities more resilient to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build environmental literacy necessary for community resilience to the weather and other environmental hazards associated with a community’s location.

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

The NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

 
  Summer Institute—LiftOff 2020: Moon to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
Institute Dates: June 21-26, 2020
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2020 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong training event sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium, and held at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. This year’s theme is “Moon to Mars.” Attendees will explore NASA’s plans to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon, using what we learn there as a stepping stone to exploring Mars. Participants will attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, tour NASA facilities and receive hands-on, inquiry-based classroom activities aligned to education standards. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year of teaching experience prior to the institute.

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.

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

2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

 
  2020 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: Feb. 22
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research have joined forces to encourage high school students’ interest in STEM careers. The STEM Enhancement in Earth Science project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 18-Aug. 1, 2020, or to participate in a virtual project. Participants conduct authentic research while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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 Jan. 23, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

We are returning to the Moon to stay. Here is how we are going!
While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time.
  Free Lecture—‘Spitzer: Final Voyage
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Jan. 23-24 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

The Spitzer Space Telescope has been observing the universe in infrared light for over 16 years. As the mission comes to a close, join current and former members of the Spitzer team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at some of the amazing highlights and the lasting legacy of this incredible observatory. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Informational Webinars: Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. EST and Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: March 31
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

On Feb. 1, ARISS-US will begin accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2021. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes. Visit the site for proposal guidelines and forms.

 
  Help Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: Public Worldwide
Voting Deadline: Jan. 27
Contact: support@futureengineers.org 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! 

Students around the U.S. sent in over 28,000 essays with name ideas for the rover. The top nine finalists have been selected, and you get to vote on which one NASA should pick. 

Visit the website to see the selected finalists and to cast your vote! 

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-Plane Glider Challenge
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the newly released X-Plane Glider Challenge where students use the engineering design process to create an X-plane glider. Participants will review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research and discuss the future of NASA aeronautics innovation including NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the latest research on quiet supersonic flight. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Science Literacy and STEAM Activities With ‘Earth Observatory Kids
Audience:
Educators of Grades 2-8
Event Date:
Feb. 6 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore “Earth Observatory Kids,” NASA’s free publication for students in grades 2-8. During this webinar we will look at science literacy articles and activities, as well as student interactive technology with topics to include: atmosphere, heat, humans, land, life, natural events, remote sensing, snow, ice and water. Online registration is required.

Where Is NASA Going? And How Do Universities Fit Into That Journey?
Audience:
College-Level Educators, Researchers and Student Organization Advisors
Event Date:
Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. EST
Contact:
k.henry.collins@txstate.edu and vemitra.m.white@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA STEM research and education specialists will provide an overview of NASA’s current missions, activities and resources including research/grant opportunities, competitions, collaborations and much more. University researchers and educators will learn strategies to strengthen their research infrastructure, and ways to integrate NASA’s digital badging system into their STEM curricula. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture—‘Beyond the Pale Blue Dot: Seeing Distant Planets’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 6-7 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On the 30th anniversary of the “Pale Blue Dot” image captured by NASA’s Voyager mission, join astronomers Rich Terrile and Rob Zellem at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the impact of that image and other distant views of Earth. Learn about the quest to photograph an exoplanet orbiting another star as its own pale blue dot. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

Free Lecture—‘The Search for Life: Exploring Ocean Worlds’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: March 5-6 at 7 p.m. PST
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

The search for life is civilization-level science. What happens if or when we find it? Join research scientist Dr. Morgan Cable at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a look at the upcoming “Ocean Access” missions. Find out why ocean worlds are important and what the discovery of life could mean to us as a civilization. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via a live webcast.

 
  NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit
Audience: Public
Contact: nasasychemission@gmail.com 

Set to launch in the summer of 2022, NASA’s Psyche mission will be the first to explore a world likely made largely of metal. Scientists hope that studying asteroid Psyche will give insights into how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets came to be. 

The NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit includes free online courses based on the real-world science, engineering, technology and teamwork behind the Psyche mission. Two courses are available, and more will be developed throughout the life of the mission.

Explore Humans in Space: Hazards of Spaceflight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 23 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. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then journey on to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the NASA-developed solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

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

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) 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.

Exploring Earth System Phenomena With ‘My NASA Data’ Resources
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA strives to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. That vision begins by observing our own planet, tracking changes over time and determining how we can respond to those changes effectively. In this webinar, Elizabeth Joyner, project lead for My NASA Data at NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Science Directorate, will provide webinar participants with an introductory overview of My NASA Data, and discuss how educators can leverage NASA Earth systems data resources and bridge these data to support Next Generation Science Standards phenomena-based teaching and learning. Online registration is required.

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 28 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 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.

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Are you interested in microgravity aboard the International Space Station? Join us as participants will learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29
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.

Explore Life in Extreme Environments: Life in the Cold and Dark
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 30 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore “NASA Resources for Teaching Natural Selection and Adaptation.” From microorganisms to penguins, organisms are uniquely designed for some of the harshest Earth and space environments. Join us as we take a closer look at these extreme environments and the life among them. Online registration is required.

 
  Request for Proposals—NASA Centennial Challenges: Lunar Nutrition Challenge
Audience: Non-profit Organizations
Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: HQ-STMD-CentennialChallenges@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Centennial Challenges program, part of the prizes and challenges portfolio within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is seeking to identify potential partner organizations for a challenge on lunar nutrition. Future planetary habitats on the Moon and Mars will require a high degree of self-sufficiency; and long-duration human space exploration will require a sustainable food source. To help solve this problem, NASA is exploring the possibility of opening a NASA Centennial Challenge for the public to help NASA create a system capable of providing astronauts with healthy, nutrient-filled food. Visit the Request for Proposals link above for specific information regarding responsibilities and requirements.

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.

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31
Contact: CyberAwards@ed.gov 

Beginning in the spring of 2020, the Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award will be presented annually to two educators, one elementary and one secondary, who instill in their students the skills, knowledge and passion for cybersecurity and related subjects. Recipients will receive a certificate signed by the president of the United States, the secretary of education and the director of the National Science Foundation. Winners will also receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and professional development opportunities. Educators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools and tribal areas are eligible to apply or be nominated. Anyone (e.g. principals, superintendents, parents, etc.) may nominate an educator for this honor; self-nominations are permitted as well.

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  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool, and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in April 2020. One team will be selected to receive funding to present its idea at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, California, in June 2020.

Call for Proposals: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 4
Contact: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’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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  Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute
Audience: Informal Educators
Event Date: Feb. 4-5
Contact: shupla@lpi.usra.edu 

Informal educators, museum staff, scout leaders and others who conduct programs for children or the public are invited to attend the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. This free two-day institute will feature presentations by planetary scientists, and will introduce participants to a variety of hands-on activities and resources for engaging public audiences. Participants will be expected to conduct and report on at least two programs that use resources, information or activities from the Solar System Exploration Public Engagement Institute.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2020
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: Feb. 5
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 21
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking graduate research proposals that are independently conceived and pose significant contributions to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The fellowship is designed to support NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s mission objectives and offers academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development.

 
  Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Audience:
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
Contact: SARA@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as mail-in and/or panel reviewers of proposals to ROSES and other SMD solicitations. Reviewers are needed on a regular basis as opportunities periodically open. Visit the website to find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program invites you to a free series of webinars about the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign. This campaign focuses on the impact urbanization has on Earth’s surface temperature and how surface temperature changes the dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Join Dr. Kevin Czajkowski to learn what is making your neighborhood so hot and how to visualize the data you collect. Register online.

 
  2019-20 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: Grades K-6 Educators
Nomination Deadline: March 1, 2020
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics and/or computer science may receive for outstanding teaching in the U.S. Anyone may nominate exceptional teachers, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for primary school teachers (grades K-6) is March 1, 2020. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 competition.

U.S. Department of Education’s RISE Award
Audience: K-12 School Faculty and Staff
Nomination Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020
Contact: RISE@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Recognizing Inspirational School Employees (RISE) Award honors and promotes classified school employees who provide exemplary service to students. The governor of each state and the chief executive of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the outlying areas are invited to nominate up to two classified school employees by November 1 annually. The secretary of education will select a single classified school employee from among the nominees to receive the RISE Award by the following spring. The department will recognize the honoree and communicate his or her story in order to inspire excellence and innovative practices among classified school employees and within schools.

 
  2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
Audience: Students in Grades 8-12
Design Submission Deadlines: March 1
Contact: celere@lists.nasa.gov 

NASA and Portland State University in Oregon are challenging students to design microgravity experiments investigating capillary action, similar to those conducted on the space station. Teams or individuals create an experiment using a computer-aided design (CAD) template and submit a short proposal presenting the experiment. Selected experiments will be tested in the university’s 2.1-second drop tower, and video results will be made available for analysis and reporting.

 
  Join Today and Get a Postcard From Space: Blue Origin’s Club for the Future
Audience: K-12 Students, Educators and Parents
Contact: clubforfuture@blueorigin.com 

Club for the Future is a nonprofit founded by Blue Origin to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and to help visualize the future of life in space. The organization gathers teachers and K-12 students worldwide to engage in activities giving youth access to space through Blue Origin’s reusable rockets. 

Want to be one of the first humans to receive a postcard from space? Join the club and learn how you can send a postcard on a round-trip visit to space.

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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