NASA EXPRESS Message – April 12, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  New Resource Featuring #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Check out the brand new STEMonstration: Kinetic and Potential Energy! If you’re looking for a fresh way to teach this difficult concept, this short video – along with Classroom Connections – is the perfect grab-and-go resource. Take your students on an out-of-this-world field trip to the International Space Station where they will watch Joe, a former classroom teacher, launch his crewmate from a giant rubber band to demonstrate potential energy converting to kinetic energy. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the International Space Station.

Earth Right Now: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about clouds and contrails using the GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that lets students worldwide participate in data collection and the scientific process. Learn how your students can contribute to understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Earth Right Now: STEM Activites for Relationships in Ecosystems
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: April 18, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the Elementary GLOBE “Earth System Module” containing storybooks and STEM activities. Activities help students learn what plants need from water, sunlight and soil; explain how Earth’s processes and components are interconnected; and demonstrate their knowledge of how water, air, soil and living things interact in the Earth system. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar — Do Habitable Worlds Require Magnetic Fields?
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: April 18, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

MAVEN Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of team members from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, troop leaders, museum docents, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN Co-Investigator Dr. Dave Brain of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) to learn about the role that a global magnetic field may play in the evolution of a planet’s atmosphere and in planetary habitability.

 
  Earth Right Now: Exploring Our Earth From Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: April 19, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from above with the help of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space teach us about our planet and the processes that shape it. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

Call for Papers: 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: ISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com 

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronomical Society are seeking abstracts from those interested in presenting at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference. This year’s conference will be held July 23-26 in San Francisco, California. Abstract topics are listed on the conference website. Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early.

 
  2018 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas, in partnership with NASA, are offering undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These scholarships recognize outstanding students and encourage graduate studies in STEM-related fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered for at least a half-time course load at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

2018 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
Audience: Educators Enrolled in Programs for a Master’s Degree in a STEM Field at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The Texas Space Grant Consortium’s Educator STEM Scholarship Program provides $1,500 scholarships to eligible teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

 
  2018-2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: fellowships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and integrated work experience are emphasized. Each $5,000 award supplements half-time graduate support (or a fellowship) provided by a consortium institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens registered for full-time study in a graduate program at one or more of the Texas Space Grant Consortium institutions. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

2018 NASA SEES TEX2 Teacher Externship Program
Audience: Secondary Educators in Texas
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

Join NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research for a weeklong “externship” this summer. Educators will collaborate with students selected from across the nation and NASA scientists. Participants will conduct research using Earth-observing satellite data and explore STEM careers. Housing, meals and a stipend will be provided.

 
  Help NASA Predict Landslides — Citizen Science: Landslide Reporter
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: landslide_support@nccs.nasa.gov 

Landslides affect all countries, yet scientists don’t have a clear picture of where and when landslides occur globally. To predict landslides more accurately, NASA scientists are building the Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository with data of past landslides — and you can help. Learn how to add to the COOLR catalog using the Landslide Reporter citizen science application. Visit the Get Started page for more information.

 

Earth Right Now: Weather and Climate
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: April 12, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about weather and how it is forecast, and explore how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM classroom resources and lessons will guide us through a “storm” of classroom activities that address Next Generation Science Standards MS-ESS2-5,6. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Breeze by the 10- by 10-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: April 12, 2018
Event Date: May 12, 2018
Contact: grc-tours@mail.nasa.gov  

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On May 12, visit the10- by 10-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel that conducts propulsion testing at supersonic speeds. Learn about this lab’s connections to NASA’s Apollo program and man’s first step on the moon. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

The Saint Louis Science Center Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Dates: April 14 – Sept. 3, 2018
Contact: mindy.peirce@slsc.org 

The Saint Louis Science Center is the second of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. The exhibit will feature more than 20 one-of-a-kind mission artifacts. They include a lunar sample return container; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph; a star chart; a survival kit; and more.

 
  NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: March 15-April 15, 2018
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites educators, students, and the public to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15-April 15, 2018. Observations can be logged using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or the GLOBE Observer app. Participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

The Vizzies — Visualization Challenge
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2018
Contact: vizzies@nsf.gov 

Do you love animating data, creating science apps, illustrating engineering concepts or taking photographs of the natural world? The Vizzies, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, challenges participants to submit their best science or engineering visualization. Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams. Winning entries will be featured online, and winners will receive cash prizes.

 
  Teacher Innovator Institute at the Smithsonian
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades 5-8
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Institute Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Contact: baldiolism@si.edu 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its inaugural Teacher Innovator Institute. Participants will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Each attendee will develop an individual project to take back to their school. There is no cost for teachers to participate — travel, food, lodging and supplies are all provided.

Free Webinar — Shake, Bake and Shout: Materials ISS Experiment-X (MISSE-X)
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute professional development webinar. Learn how NASA is using a series of experiments mounted externally on the space station to investigate the effects of long-term exposure to the harsh environment of space. Using NASA’s BEST engineering design process, participants will test a variety of materials to determine if they would be suitable for long-term use in space. Register online to participate.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Aerospace Academy
Audience: Minority Serving U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: NASAMAA@nasaprs.com 

NASA invites Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to establish a NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in areas of STEM. Supported by evidence-based research, the MUREP Aerospace Academy is generally conducted in an out-of-school setting but may also be offered in a school setting. Successful proposals will be funded as multi-year cooperative agreements not to exceed two years.

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will result in a partnership with a NASA center and funding through a 15-month cooperative agreement.

 
  GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: info@cosmoquest.org 

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.

 
  Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: contact@zooniverse.org 

Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems — Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: marc.j.kuchner@nasa.gov 

Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you’ll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contactaurorasaurus.info@gmail.com 

Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.

Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: tyson.b.littenberg@nasa.gov 

A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called “glitches.” In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise.

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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NASA Express Message – March 22, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  Bring Astronauts Into Your Classroom!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Can you imagine bringing an astronaut into your classroom to teach a STEM lesson? It’s possible and available now! Check out the growing library of STEMonstrations, which are video-taped lessons presented by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Each video features accompanying Classroom Connections — related lesson plans developed by educators for educators and tied to Next Generation Science Standards. Current topics include “Newton’s Second Law of Motion,” “Newton’s Third Law Rocket Races,” and “Exercise.” The library is growing each week so check back often!

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the International Space Station.

Webinar: Meet Parker Solar Probe Project Scientist Dr. Nicky Fox
Audience: Science Enthusiasts
Event Date: March 22, 2018, 1 p.m. EDT
Contact: karin@ssl.berkeley.edu 

The Parker Solar Probe will be the first mission to touch the Sun! Set to launch later this year, the probe will to fly into the solar corona to study how the corona is heated and how the solar wind and solar energetic particles are accelerated. Join Dr. Nicky Fox of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission for a youth-oriented 30-minute webinar. Fox will describe the mission and its scientific goals, and will answer questions about the Sun and the new solar probe.

 
  Celebrate Women’s History Month With the ‘NASA Women of STEM’ Website
Audience: All Educators and Students 

Through their accomplishments and dedication, women at NASA embody the essence of Women’s History Month. They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The “NASA Women of STEM” website features career profiles, videos and news articles about the women helping NASA reach for new heights.

Technology Drives Exploration: Integrating NASA Based Digital Content in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: March 26, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: s_g182@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore a variety of NASA-based digital content and develop strategies for integrating the resources in culturally responsive ways. Online registration is required.

 
  Technology Drives Exploration: Telescopes — The Exoplanet Hunters
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Telescopes are NASA’s exoplanet hunters. They have gathered critical insights into other solar-system-like star-planet formations that may have “habitable” conditions. Participants will discuss inquiry-based activities covering math and optics concepts related to telescopes from NASA’s Great Observatories and Optics educator guides. Online registration is required.

Technology Drives Exploration: Careers
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 28, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Working at NASA is not just being an astronaut. Explore the many NASA STEM careers needed to successfully accomplish the exciting missions that explore and build a better understanding of Earth and the universe beyond. NASA career education lessons and resources will be integrated into this online learning session. Online registration is required.

 
  Technology Drives Exploration: STEM Interactive Technology
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: March 29, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn to use the NASA Space Place website to investigate the sun, Earth, solar system, universe, technology and science through interactive technology. Use ebooks, games, media and activities to understand STEM content. Online registration is required.

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Aerospace Academy
Audience: Minority Serving U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: NASAMAA@nasaprs.com 

NASA invites Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to establish a NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in areas of STEM. Supported by evidence-based research, the MUREP Aerospace Academy is generally conducted in an out-of-school setting but may also be offered in a school setting. Successful proposals will be funded as multi-year cooperative agreements not to exceed two years.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will result in a partnership with a NASA center and funding through a 15-month cooperative agreement.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2018
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 event between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2019. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed, exciting STEAM education plan. Radio events are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

 
  2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Certified Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens Teaching in the U.S.
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org 

Registration is open for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or S.P.A.C.E., taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content. Register today!

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1, 2018
Contact: cinespace@cinemartsociety.org 

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 submissions.

 
  Free Webinar for Girl Scouts and Leaders — Engineering at NASA Goddard
Audience:
Girl Scout Leaders
Event Date: March 22, 2018, at 4 p.m. EST
Contact: denise.a.davis-konopka@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute webcast for scout leaders and scouts. Interact live with an engineer from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Learn how engineers use the engineering design process to approach problem solving in a real-world setting. Register online to participate.

Technology Drives Exploration: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: March 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about robotics. Robots are a part of everyday life, but what exactly are they? How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Explore answers to these questions and learn how to use robotics inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEM robotic missions, curriculum and online resources. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture — Planning Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Retrospective
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: March 22 and 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn for a mission-ending grand finale. Join systems engineer Erick Sturm from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a look back at the various scenarios envisioned and contingency plans made by the Cassini team as they steered the spacecraft into unexplored territory. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Proposals — NASA Fellowship Activity 2018
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Proposal Deadline: March 23, 2018, by 5:50 p.m. EDT
Contact: elizabeth.a.cartier@nasa.gov 

The NASA Office of Education Fellowship Activity funds candidates for graduate research at their respective campuses during the academic year under the guidance of their faculty adviser and a NASA researcher. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. or naturalized citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2018. Candidates must enroll in a master’s or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2018, and intend to pursue a research-based master’s or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

 
  Summer Institute — Liftoff 2018: Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit All Humankind
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Institute Dates: June 24-29, 2018
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2018 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. The theme is ” Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit All Humankind.” The event will celebrate all that NASA has contributed and the engineering behind its accomplishments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: piaee@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, is accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. PIAEE winners and their local education agencies will each be awarded up to $2,500.

 
  NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2018
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.edu 

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, is offering summer internships for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. A stipend and housing will be provided for the 10-week program. Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through doctoral students as of fall 2018. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.Students graduating in 2018 who have not yet started graduate school are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience: K-12 Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations. Recent winning projects included forming recycling programs for pencils and books, starting an environmental news YouTube channel, and creating a better method to protect migratory birds from airplanes.

 
  Teacher Innovator Institute at the Smithsonian
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades 5-8
Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Institute Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Contact: baldiolism@si.edu 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its inaugural Teacher Innovator Institute. Participants will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Each attendee will develop an individual project to take back to their school. There is no cost for teachers to participate — travel, food, lodging and supplies are all provided.

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience:
Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations
Contact: GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov 

NASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card.

 
  Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff
Contact: http://mars2030-vr.com/contact-us 

Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.

NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: March 15-April 15, 2018
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites educators, students, and the public to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15-April 15, 2018. Observations can be logged using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or the GLOBE Observer app. Participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

 
  2019 eXploration Systems and Habitatation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: xhab@spacegrant.org 

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. The winners of the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2019 timeframe.

Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contactaurorasaurus.info@gmail.com 

Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA Express Message – March 8, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  Educators Have Friends in High Places
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Check out the new STEMonstration — Newton’s Second Law of Motion, featuring astronaut Randy Bresnik as he tests the laws of physics in the microgravity environment of the space station. STEMonstrations feature astronauts demonstrating STEM concepts in fresh ways. Each STEMonstration video is designed as a support tool for educators and offers corresponding grab-and-go lesson plans linked to Next Generation Science Standards. The growing library of STEMonstrations is available on the STEM on Station website. 

Later this month, #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold, a former classroom teacher, will travel to the space station where he and his crewmates will continue in their work to reach teachers and students throughout the world during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station.

NASA Pi Day Challenge 2018
Audience:
Educators and Students in Grades 6-12
Challenge Release Date: March 9, 2018
Pi Day: March 14, 2018
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Celebrate Pi Day with NASA! On March 9 — in advance of the math world’s favorite holiday, Pi Day (March 14) — NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will release the fifth installment of its popular Pi Day Challenge. The illustrated math problem set gets students and adults thinking like NASA scientists to find solutions to real problems posed in space and planetary exploration. Visit the site to learn more and to check out challenges from past years.

 
  Technology Drives Exploration: BEST GPIM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 13, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

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

Technology Drives Exploration: Engineering Design in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 15, 2018, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore engineering design and the engineering design process with its application to real-world problem solving. Learn about NASA engineering design challenges and other NASA STEM classroom resources. Engineering design is a common topic in each grade level of the Next Generation Science Standards and an important concept in understanding our world. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture — Planning Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Retrospective
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: March 22 and 23, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

On Sept. 15, 2017, the Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn for a mission-ending grand finale. Join systems engineer Erick Sturm from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a look back at the various scenarios envisioned and contingency plans made by the Cassini team as they steered the spacecraft into unexplored territory. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Teacher Innovator Institute at the Smithsonian
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades 5-8
Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Institute Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Contact: baldiolism@si.edu 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its inaugural Teacher Innovator Institute. Participants will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Each attendee will develop an individual project to take back to their school. There is no cost for teachers to participate — travel, food, lodging and supplies are all provided.

 
  2019 eXploration Systems and Habitatation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: xhab@spacegrant.org 

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. The winners of the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2019 timeframe.

Technology Drives Exploration: Marsbound
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: March 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Observation and inference are important to scientific research. NASA remote-sensing data can help explain how air, water and impact events provide evidence in Mars exploration. Multiple inquiry-based activities will deepen the understanding of the behavior of Earth’s geologic features and how they compare to Mars’. Online registration is required.

 
  Heritage Family Day at the Smithsonian — We Can Do It! Women in Aviation and Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: March 10, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
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. Take a look back at ground broken by women of the past and forward to what can and will be achieved by women in the future.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 69th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: March 10, 2018
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA is seeking abstracts from full-time graduate students interested in presenting at the 69th International Astronautical Congress taking place Oct. 1-5, 2018, in Bremen, Germany. Abstracts must be original, unpublished papers that have not been submitted in any other forum. Abstracts must be 400 words or less, written in English and related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration.

 
  2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018
Contact: VSGC@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. The consortium strongly supports students who are preparing to transfer to institutions of higher learning while developing the essential skills for a competitive global workforce. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The scholarship will be awarded for the sophomore year.

2018-2019 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Minority Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018
Contact: tsanford@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000. They are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group 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 a sophomore during the 2018-2019 academic year.

 
  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — Staying Safe Is No Accident: The Science of Safety
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: March 14, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

Do you feel safe when you travel in a car or plane? A lot of engineering and science goes into making sure the vehicles we use every day are safe and secure. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to explore the science of safety.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 Environmental Education Local Grants Program
Audience:
Educational and Environmental Organizations
Application Deadline: March 15, 2018
Contact: eegrants@epa.gov 

The U.S. EPA seeks proposals for grants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques. Up to $3 million in funding is available via 30-35 grants nationwide. Applicant organizations must be located in the U.S. or its territories.

 
  DEADLINE EXTENDED: NASA Internships — Summer 2018 Opportunities
Audience:
High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline:
March 16, 2018
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/ 
 

NASA Internships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide. The online application for NASA Internships enables students to easily access, register and complete the application, as well as search and apply for up to 15 opportunities. A completed application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

  NASA Education Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov 

The NASA Research Announcement 2018 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) management team is actively recruiting qualified peer reviewers who volunteer to externally review NASA TEAM II proposals during winter/spring 2018. A diverse reviewer pool is sought, including but not limited to practicing or retired informal education leadership, managers, educators, and evaluators (e.g., K-12; informal; youth groups; public outreach), scientists, engineers, higher education faculty, and other experts (including individuals without a current institutional affiliation) with experience or knowledge of activities described in the Announcement NNH18ZHA001N. To view, visit https://go.nasa.gov/2mhfTnS

Volunteer at https://informal.jpl.nasa.gov/reviewer/. Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your consideration and/or referrals. Selected reviewers will be expected to disclose all conflicts of interest, including situations that may give the appearance of bias.

Space Center Houston Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 14, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Contact: schinfo@spacecenter.org 

Space Center Houston is the first of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. The exhibit will feature more than 20 one-of-a-kind mission artifacts. They include a lunar sample return container; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph; a star chart; a survival kit; and more. Space Center Houston will be the only location where visitors can see the capsules for both the first (Apollo 11) and last (Apollo 17) lunar landings.

 
  Celebrate Solar Week – Spring 2018
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 19-23, 2018
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a weeklong series of web-based educational activities with a focus on the sun-Earth connection. Students ages 10-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms through a series of games and lessons. This spring’s Solar Week activities will highlight the ionosphere. In constant motion, this mysterious region of Earth’s upper atmosphere is our interface to space. In 2018, the ionosphere’s secrets will be probed by two NASA satellite missions, GOLD and ICON.

Library of Congress 2018 Summer Institutes — Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 21, 2018
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in June – August 2018
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.

 
  Summer Institute — Liftoff 2018: Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit All Humankind
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Institute Dates: June 24-29, 2018
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2018 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. The theme is ” Reach New Heights, Reveal the Unknown, Benefit All Humankind.” The event will celebrate all that NASA has contributed and the engineering behind its accomplishments. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

Call for Proposals — NASA Fellowship Activity 2018
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference Dates: Jan. 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. EST; Feb. 5, 2018, at 10 a.m. EST
Proposal Deadline: March 20, 2018, by 5:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: elizabeth.a.cartier@nasa.gov 

The NASA Office of Education Fellowship Activity funds candidates for graduate research at their respective campuses during the academic year under the guidance of their faculty adviser and a NASA researcher. To be eligible, candidates must be U.S. or naturalized citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2018. Candidates must enroll in a master’s or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2018, and intend to pursue a research-based master’s or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field.

 
  NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2018
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: aplnasaintern-web@jhuapl.edu 

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, is offering summer internships for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. A stipend and housing will be provided for the 10-week program. Eligible students include undergraduate rising sophomores through doctoral students as of fall 2018. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.Students graduating in 2018 who have not yet started graduate school are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience: K-12 Students
Application Deadline: March 30, 2018
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public interest groups, and youth organizations. Recent winning projects included forming recycling programs for pencils and books, starting an environmental news YouTube channel, and creating a better method to protect migratory birds from airplanes.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA Education EXPRESS Message — Nov. 30, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  Space Is the Place for #TeacherOnBoard
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Space is the place where astronauts, including former classroom teacher Joe Acaba, are living and working as they orbit Earth at 17,500 mph on board the International Space Station. The NASA Space Place website uses the wonder of space exploration to engage young students in STEM learning by using fun apps, crafts and videos. Elementary students can get science project ideas or play games like “Black Hole Rescue!” or “Shoot a Cannonball Into Orbit.” The website, available in English and Spanish, has a special section for educators. 

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

Teachable Moment — What’s a Supermoon and Just How Super Is It?
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Supermoon Date: Dec. 3, 2017
Contact: lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov 

The term “supermoon” has been popping up in the news and on social media over the past few years. But what are supermoons? Why do they occur, and how can they be used as an educational tool? Plus, are they really that super? Learn more and find ways to bring the supermoon phenomenon into the classroom with the latest Teachable Moment resources from JPL Education.

 
  Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Dec. 4, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations websites and discuss resources related to the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on Earth. The activities in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 5, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about water and the hydrologic cycle using GLOBE, an international science and education program that gives students the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. Discover ways to contribute to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA:  Water Filtration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore the space station’s Environmental Control and Life Support System that reclaims waste water from crew members’ urine, cabin condensation and waste. Learn about hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations that can be used in the classroom to create, build and test a water filtration device using common materials. Online registration is required.

NASA Food for Thought
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Dec. 7, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore the NASA Food for Thought education guide that investigates space food and guides students to construct sample space food meals based on the nutritional needs of the astronauts on a journey to Mars. Explore a menu of inquiry activities and other resources to satisfy your STEM appetite. Online registration is required.

 
  2018 Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Exploration Science Summer Intern Program
Audience:
Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 19, 2018
Contact: explorationintern@lpi.usra.edu 

Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a 10-week program for graduate students in geology, planetary science, planetary astronomy and related programs. Learn how to integrate scientific input with exploration activities in a way that mission architects and spacecraft engineers can use. Activities will support missions to the Moon that use the Orion crew vehicle, the Deep Space Gateway and robotic assets on the lunar surface. Interns will receive stipends and travel expense reimbursement.

2018 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience:
Students in Grades 3-12
Deadline for Glog + InWorld Presentation Track (Grades 7-12): Feb. 20, 2018
Entry Deadline for Glog Only Track (Grades 3-12): March 5, 2018
Contact: OPSPARC@PRIVO.COM 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. This contest challenges students to create a multimedia poster using a tool developed by Glogster. An optional InWorld component is available for students in 7-12. Winners will be invited to a behind-the-scenes workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. © 2017 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 
  Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest
Audience: College Students and Early Career Professionals
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

NASA is leading human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon and on to Mars. Project Mars invites college students and recent graduates with fewer than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors and create a visualization of what this expedition may look like. Entries can be short films (two to five minutes in length) or posters (standard-size sheets, 27 by 41 inches). Winners will receive cash prizes.

Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: Mission Geography, K-5
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Nov. 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA’s Mission Geography resources featuring Earth science lessons that integrate STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. Discover ways to use the unique perspective from space to investigate Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human-influenced. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards December Webinar — Not Just Talking Trash: Marine Debris and What We Can Do About It!
Audience:
K-12, Higher Education and Informal Educators
Event Deadline: Dec. 11, 2017, 7:30 – 9 p.m. EST
Contact: Bruce.Moravchik@NOAA.GOV 

Marine debris — trash in the ocean or Great Lakes — is one of the greatest pollution problems facing our waters today. The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project invites you to attend an education webinar with Kristina Stegemann, communications and education specialist for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. Learn about the science of marine debris, how to talk about and connect to the issue, and how to get involved in the solution. Everyone can be part of addressing this problem and the first step is figuring out where to start.

NASA Earth & Space Air Prize
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Registration Deadline: Dec. 13, 2017
Contact: questions@earthspaceairprize.org 

Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems. NASA is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to ask teams or individuals to design and develop easy-to-maintain, small and affordable aerosol sensor technology that is useful in spaceflight as well as on Earth. Three finalists will receive $50,000 each to build a functioning sensor according to their proposals. The winner will receive a $100,000 award.

 
  NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience:
Informal Education Institutions; K-12 Schools and School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Informational Teleconference: Nov. 29, 2017, 2-4 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Dec. 19, 2017
Contact: oed.grants@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 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 community 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.

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

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

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

NASA Education Express Message — Nov. 22, 2017

  Thanksgiving Brings Food for Thought to #TeacherOnBoard
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

A big part of Thanksgiving is enjoying good food, and it’s the same for astronauts on the space station. Since the very early days of the U.S. space program, NASA scientists have focused on the challenges involved in providing astronauts with nutritious and tasty foods. NASA’s Food for Thought Educator Guide uses the idea of food in space to help educators teach topics such as caloric content and nutrition while challenging students to build space robots and design a better coffee cup for microgravity.

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

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience:
Informal Education Institutions; K-12 Schools and School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Informational Teleconference: Nov. 29, 2017, 2-4 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: Dec. 19, 2017
Contact: oed.grants@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 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 community 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.

 
  Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: GLOBE Atmosphere
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 29, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about clouds and contrails using the GLOBE program, an international science and education program that gives students and the public the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. They are able to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Earth Sense — Remote Sensing at NASA: Mission Geography, K-5
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Nov. 30, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA’s Mission Geography resources featuring Earth science lessons that integrate STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps. Discover ways to use the unique perspective from space to investigate Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human-influenced. Online registration is required.

 
  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards December Webinar — Not Just Talking Trash: Marine Debris and What We Can Do About It!
Audience:
K-12, Higher Education and Informal Educators
Event Deadline: Dec. 11, 2017, 7:30 – 9 p.m. EST
Contact: Bruce.Moravchik@NOAA.GOV 

Marine debris — trash in the ocean or Great Lakes — is one of the greatest pollution problems facing our waters today. The NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project invites you to attend an education webinar with Kristina Stegemann, communications and education specialist for NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. Learn about the science of marine debris, how to talk about and connect to the issue, and how to get involved in the solution. Everyone can be part of addressing this problem and the first step is figuring out where to start.

2018 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu 

The Louisiana Space Consortium, or LaSPACE, is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space. The annual project, supported by the NASA Balloon Program Office and LaSPACE, provides near-space access for 12 student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save the date for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or SPACE, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This conference is for K-12 educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.Are you interested in presenting at the conference? Presentation proposals are due Nov. 30, 2017, for priority review. Proposals received after this date will be reviewed based on availability.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  NASA Earth & Space Air Prize
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Registration Deadline: Dec. 13, 2017
Contact: questions@earthspaceairprize.org 

Tiny airborne particles, known as aerosols, can contribute to a variety of health problems. NASA is working with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to ask teams or individuals to design and develop easy-to-maintain, small and affordable aerosol sensor technology that is useful in spaceflight as well as on Earth. Three finalists will receive $50,000 each to build a functioning sensor according to their proposals. The winner will receive a $100,000 award.

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

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

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

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

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

NASA Education Express Message — Nov. 2, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 19, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  Wave at #TeacherOnBoard the International Space Station!
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Did you know you can see the International Space Station fly overhead with the naked eye? It is the third brightest object in the sky, and is easy to spot if you know when to look. Visit the link above, put in your zip code and find out when the space station will fly over your town. Invite your friends and family, walk out under the dawn or dusk sky and wave to astronauts and cosmonauts on board the station, including former classroom teacher Joe Acaba.Connect with this opportunity and others during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.

Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Speed of Sound
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 24, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA’s efforts to reduce aircraft noise. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate noise. Use hands-on experiments and physical demonstrations to make and share connections to aircraft noise research within the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Testing Terror – Technology for Exploration: Mysteries of Saturn and Cassini
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: karen.c.roark@nasa.gov 

Saturn’s ringed world has attracted attention ever since humans first looked at the sky. Scientists first got a close-up look at the planet when the Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts swung by Saturn in the 1970s and 1980s. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore the incredible Cassini mission and learn Saturn facts to share with your students.Online registration is required.

Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff
Contact: http://mars2030-vr.com/contact-us  

Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.

 

  2017 von Kármán Lecture — Sink or Swim? Using Radar to Protect California’s Water Supply
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Lecture Dates: Oct. 19 and Oct. 20, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

California has highly variable annual precipitation and a great disparity between where precipitation falls and where people live and grow crops. To deal with these issues, a vast array of infrastructure is in place. Monitoring and maintaining this infrastructure is critical. Join Dr. Cathleen E. Jones, a signals analysis engineer, for a discussion about how NASA is using high-resolution, airborne radar to make this monitoring more efficient. Attend the lectures in person or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Earn STEM Digital Badges to Celebrate the Centennial of NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2017
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Centennial, three STEM digital badges are now available for educators and students in grades 5-9. Discover the role of cloud types in the Earth’s Energy Budget; how drag is used to land the Mars2020 Rover on Mars; and the importance of composite materials for airplanes. The first 1,000 educators to complete all three badges by Oct. 21, 2017, will receive a NASA insignia iron-on patch.

 
  Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: High School Juniors in Texas
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017
Contact: nancy.zigler@nasa.gov 

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program is a NASA-unique opportunity for Texas high school juniors to explore STEM disciplines in a learning community led by Texas-certified educators. After successful completion of the online course, students are eligible to compete for a spot in an all-expense-paid, weeklong camp at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students may be eligible to receive a high school elective credit upon successful completion of the course.

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-us 

On Oct. 28, 2017, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix D
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research that uses NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $100,000 per year, for up to two years.


Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter
Audience
: All Educators
Contact: https://science.nasa.gov/about-us/contact-us 

Are you a science educator or interested in science education? Sign up to receive an email with NASA’s latest science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.” It’s a simple way to keep up with the latest professional development webinars, student contests, workshops, lectures and other NASA science education activities.

 
  Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits
Audience: Children’s Museums, Science Centers and Museums, NASA Visitor Centers, Public Planetariums and Observatories Located in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: cmccarthy@smm.org 

The National Informal STEM Education Network, in collaboration with NASA, has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process.

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

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

 


  Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch in May 2018 and land on Nov. 26, 2018. The mission will do an in-depth study of the interior of Mars to answer key questions about how the solar system’s rocky planets formed, including Earth. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars and deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the planet has ever done.

Commercial Crew 2018 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4 to 12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: ksc-connect2ccp@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2018 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

 
  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships — Fall 2018
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 2, 2017
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. They must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $75,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2018 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

NASA Education Express Message — Oct. 12, 2017

  #TeacherOnBoard — Astronauts Answer Your Students’ Questions — Live From Space!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Join astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba, along with crewmate Paolo Nespoli, for a Facebook Live event on Oct. 16, 2017, at 11:05-11:35 CDT. Acaba and Nespoli will respond to questions from media, educators and students from around the world! Submit questions ahead of time at @NASAEdu twitter using #TeacherOnBoard. Log on and ask questions: Maybe yours will get answered!This special event kicks off NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher on board the International Space Station.

Space Center Houston Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 14, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Contact: schinfo@spacecenter.org 

Space Center Houston is the first of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. The exhibit will feature more than 20 one-of-a-kind mission artifacts. They include a lunar sample return container; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph; a star chart; a survival kit; and more. Space Center Houston will be the only location where visitors can see the capsules for both the first (Apollo 11) and last (Apollo 17) lunar landings.

 
  Dance of the Planets: Motion Laws and the Solar System
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Event Date: Oct. 16, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of resources for relating motion equations from Isaac Newton and Johannes Kepler to the bodies of the solar system. The activities presented in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1, PS2 and PS3. Online registration is required.

Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Engineering a Satellite
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 18, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov  

Materials going into space encounter extremely harsh conditions not normally encountered on Earth. Probes dropped into the atmosphere of a planet like Jupiter or Saturn’s moon, Titan, may encounter tremendous pressures, temperatures and corrosive gases. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar that will focus on two satellite engineering design challenges. Online registration is required.

 
  Send Your Name to Mars on NASA’s Next Red Planet Mission!
Audience: Educators and Students Worldwide
Submission Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: http://mars.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

NASA invites the public to send their names to the Red Planet aboard NASA’s InSight Mars lander! InSight will launch in May 2018 and land on Nov. 26, 2018. The mission will do an in-depth study of the interior of Mars to answer key questions about how the solar system’s rocky planets formed, including Earth. InSight will place the first seismometer directly on the surface of Mars and deploy a self-hammering heat probe that will burrow deeper into the ground than any device on the planet has ever done.

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

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

 
  Generation Nano Challenge: Superheroes Inspired by Science!
Audience: Students in Grades 6-12
Submission Deadline: Jan. 8, 2018
Contact: gennano@nsf.gov 

The National Science Foundation and the National Nanotechnology Initiative invite middle and high school students to use scientific research to imagine an original science-powered superhero. Entries consist of two parts: a written section, and either a short comic or a 90-second video. Entrants should introduce their superhero, demonstrate how scientific research is incorporated into their superhero’s story and explain how it drives them on their mission.

GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

 
  Middle School Teacher Reviewers Needed — Online Astrobiology Game
Audience: Educators of Grades 7-8
Contact: daniella.m.scalice@nasa.gov 

The NASA Astrobiology Institute has funded the production of an exciting new online educational game called “Life Underground.” In the interactive experience, the student takes on the role of a scientist who navigates and investigates a subsurface environment, searching for and characterizing microbial life. The project’s development team at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts is seeking educators to explore the software and review the accompanying supplemental materials.

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: info@cosmoquest.org 

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.

 
  Teachable Moment — Nobel-Prize-Winning Research: Modeling Gravitational Waves
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Contact: lyle.tavernier@jpl.nasa.gov 

Researchers Kip Thorne and Barry Barish of Caltech and Rainer Weiss of MIT have been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” Learn more about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and ways to bring its scientific breakthroughs into the classroom with the latest Teachable Moment resources from JPL Education.

Celebrate Earth Science Week With Resources From GLOBE
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Earth Science Week Dates: Oct. 8-14, 2017
Contact: Marile.ColonRobles@nasa.gov 

What determines the color of your sky? Use the Elementary GLOBE Aerosol book and a suggested phenomenon-based learning progression to teach your students about aerosols, clouds and sky color. Collect and submit your observations during Earth Science Week using the GLOBE Observer app, and NASA will send you observations from Earth-observing satellites. Educators may sign up for this opportunity and receive a free classroom set of the Elementary GLOBE book titled “What’s Up in the Atmosphere? Exploring Colors in the Sky.”

 
  Testing Terror — Technology for Exploration: Rockets to Mars
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Oct. 12, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Blast off into learning by exploring the STEM of rockets to Mars with NASA missions and classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest in forces and motion with NASA inquiry rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets while recording and analyzing data. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2017 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: K-5 Students
Entry Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “People and the Planet.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2-D visual arts project that shows how human activities shape, and are shaped by, Earth systems. Entries must be submitted by mail.

 
  Earth Science Week 2017 Photography Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Earth and Human Activity Here” and show human interaction with natural systems where you are. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

Earth Science Week 2017 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Human Interaction With Earth Systems.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2017 Video Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13, 2017
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2017 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth and Human Activity.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about how people have an impact on Earth systems, or how Earth systems have an impact on people, in your part of the world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically.

2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

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

 
  2018 RASC-AL Design Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 15, 2017
Abstract Submission Deadline: Jan. 21, 2018
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The RASC-AL engineering design competition challenges teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to travel between Earth and other destinations. This year’s themes are (1) Reusable Hybrid Propulsion Stage; (2) Artificial Gravity Reusable Crewed Deep Space Transport; (3) Propellant Resupply Capability; and (4) Lunar Polar Sample Return Architecture. Up to 16 teams will be chosen to participate in a competitive design review at the RASC-AL Forum in Florida. Teams with the top two winning papers will be invited to present their design projects to industry experts at a major aerospace conference.

University Student Research Challenge — A Pilot Project
Audience: Students at U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 16, 2017
Contact: nspires-help@nasaprs.com 

NASA’s Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program seeks to develop novel concepts with the potential to create new capabilities in aeronautics by stimulating aeronautics research in the student community. Through this solicitation, TACP will provide students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities with grants for aeronautics projects that also raise cost-sharing funds using crowdfunding platforms. This challenge, which is being run as a pilot project, seeks students who have an aeronautics-related project idea and have the passion to develop that idea.

 
  Now Accepting Applications for NASA Spring Internships
Audience
: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 17, 2017
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/ 

Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on spring internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. Help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, NASA-relevant tasks.


Earn STEM Digital Badges to Celebrate the Centennial of NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Deadline: Oct. 21, 2017
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

To celebrate NASA’s Langley Research Center’s Centennial, three STEM digital badges are now available for educators and students in grades 5-9. Discover the role of cloud types in the Earth’s Energy Budget; how drag is used to land the Mars2020 Rover on Mars; and the importance of composite materials for airplanes. The first 1,000 educators to complete all three badges by Oct. 21, 2017, will receive a NASA insignia iron-on patch.

 
  Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits
Audience: Children’s Museums, Science Centers and Museums, NASA Visitor Centers, Public Planetariums and Observatories Located in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: cmccarthy@smm.org 

The National Informal STEM Education Network, in collaboration with NASA, has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process.

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

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

 


  Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Audience: High School Juniors in Texas
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017
Contact: nancy.zigler@nasa.gov 

The Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program is a NASA-unique opportunity for Texas high school juniors to explore STEM disciplines in a learning community led by Texas-certified educators. After successful completion of the online course, students are eligible to compete for a spot in an all-expense-paid, weeklong camp at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students may be eligible to receive a high school elective credit upon successful completion of the course.

International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Oct. 28, 2017
Contact: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/contact-us 

On Oct. 28, 2017, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

 
  Search for Gravitational Waves With ‘Gravity Spy’ Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: tyson.b.littenberg@nasa.gov 

A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called “glitches.” In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise.

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

NASA Education Express Message — Sept. 14, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






  #TeacherOnBoard Visit the New ‘A Year of Education on Station’ Website
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.govThe September 12 launch of astronaut and former classroom teacher Joe Acaba kicks off “A Year of Education on Station,” NASA’s celebration of an almost constant one-year presence of an educator on board the International Space Station. While in space, Joe and (later) astronaut and former classroom teacher Ricky Arnold will be the eyes and ears of teachers as the two travel at 17,500 miles per hour in low Earth orbit. Check out the new website designed to connect educators and students with Joe, Ricky, their crewmates and education resources related to their missions.
There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: Marsbound!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar to get an overview of the NASA education resource Marsbound! — Mission to the Red Planet. This cross-curricular activity combines science, engineering, mathematics and group interaction as students plan for an unmanned mission to the Red Planet. This webinar addresses Common Core – Mathematics standards and Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Online registration required.
 
  Cosmology 101
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get a historical overview of the varying scientific views about the structure of the observed universe from ancient cultures to current theories. This webinar addresses Next Generation Science Standards ESS1.A. Online registration required.
There’s Space in Your Classroom for Cross-Curricular: Who Will Feed the World?
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20, 2017, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. STEAM Educators will explore problem-based learning using the NASA resource, Mission Geography. This activity includes an investigation that focuses on meeting the food needs of an increasing global population. Online registration required.
 
  Hurricanes in Your Classroom: Ask a Hurricane Hunter Pilot
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn how to use real NASA data and STEM lessons to explore hurricanes in your classroom. A U.S. Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunters” pilot from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, will share his experiences and expertise in the study of hurricanes. He also will take time to answer questions from participants. Online registration required.
2017 von Kármán Lecture — A Volcanologist’s Paradise
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Next Lecture Date: Sept. 21, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.phpThe biggest volcanic eruptions in the solar system aren’t happening on Earth: They’re taking place on Jupiter’s moon, Io. Join research scientist Ashley Davies, a volcanologist at JPL, for a discussion of how studying volcanoes on Earth leads to a clearer understanding of how Io’s volcanoes work and how best to study them from spacecraft. Attend the lectures in person or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.
 
  NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships Virtual Career Summit
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2017, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/Join the NIFS recruiting team for a virtual event showcasing the many internships, fellowships and scholarships available for higher education students. Participants will learn about NASA opportunities, eligibility requirements and tips for the application process. Previous and current interns will share their experiences. The session will allow students to ask questions and have them answered live by NASA professionals. Visit the website to register to attend.
NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar — Deep Dips: Designing a Mission Orbiter
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 27, 2017, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.eduJoin the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission team for an education professional development webinar. The MAVEN spacecraft has been orbiting Mars since 2014, making periodic “deep dips” to sample Mars’ upper atmosphere. Guy Beutelschies from Lockheed Martin will discuss the challenges engineers face in designing missions like MAVEN for success.
 
  2018 RASC-AL Special Edition: Mars Ice Challenge Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 13, 2017
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 16, 2017
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThis engineering design and technology demonstration contest challenges teams to design, build and test prototype systems capable of extracting water from simulated Martian subsurface ice. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate in a multi-day competition in June 2018 at NASA’s Langley Research Center. In addition to the technology demonstrations, participation includes the submission of a technical paper and poster presentation to NASA and industry judges that details the team concept’s “path-to-fight” (i.e. essential modifications required to operate their system on Mars).
Free Educator Workshop — Classroom Lunacy: Lunar Samples in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Registration Deadline: Oct. 22, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Oct. 26, 2017, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free workshop to train in the use and security of lunar and meteorite sample disks. Workshop participants will be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite sample disks from NASA for use in the classroom. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).
 
  Apply to Receive Free ‘Explore Science: Earth & Space 2018’ Toolkits
Audience: Children’s Museums, Science Centers and Museums, NASA Visitor Centers, Public Planetariums and Observatories Located in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017
Contact: cmccarthy@smm.orgThe National Informal STEM Education Network, in collaboration with NASA, has assembled a new set of engaging, hands-on Earth and space science experiences with connections to science, technology and society. A total of 250 toolkits will be awarded to eligible organizations through a competitive application process.
Free Educator Workshop — Technology Drives Exploration: NASA Technology and Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Registration Deadline: Nov. 12, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Nov. 16, 2017, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free, activity-filled technology and engineering workshop highlighting NASA’s cutting-edge space exploration missions. Explore NASA STEM engineering design challenges and apps. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).
 
  Free Educator Workshop — Network of States II: Classroom Lunacy and EV3 Robotics
Audience: NASA Network of States Educators Phase 2 and In-service STEM Educators of Grades 5-12 Interested in Joining the NASA Network of States Educator Institute
Registration Deadline: Dec. 4, 2017 (maximum of 30 participants)
Event Date: Dec. 9, 2017, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST
Contact: april.l.mcintosh@nasa.gov Join the Stennis Space Center Office of Education for a free workshop to train in the use and security of lunar and meteorite sample disks. Workshop participants will be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite sample disks from NASA for use in the classroom. The workshop also will include a short EV3 robotics follow-up training session. The workshop will be held at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map).

NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Teams for Virtual Robotics Competition!
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students at Minority Serving Universities and Minority Serving Community Colleges
Event Date: Sept. 15, 2017
Contact: info@nasaswarmathon.comThe 2018 NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition challenges students to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms. These algorithms will be tested by competition organizers in a virtual environment. Selected teams will receive a $500 stipend for their faculty member; training via live webinars, videos and guides; and access to technical forums.
 
  NASA’s Digital Learning Network Live Event — Back-to-School Blast and Farewell Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: DLiNfochannel@gmail.com

On Sept. 21, 2017, celebrate the beginning of a new school year and say goodbye to NASA’s Digital Learning Network! All missions must come to an end, and the DLN would like to go out with a bang. Please register at http://bit.ly/DLNFarewell to be eligible to participate in the live virtual audience, or tune in to the DLiNfo Channel and ask questions @NASADLN via Twitter using #askDLN or via email at DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.govThis yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, to lead research teams, and to develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.
 
  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2017
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.govThe CCRI internship is a yearlong opportunity to work directly with NASA scientists and research teams on a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the student’s course work and class schedule during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate student’s major area of study.


Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017
Contact: jlswann@asu.eduInfiniscope invites you to apply to become an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member for a renewable one-year term from 2017-2018. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space, and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meet-ups at national conventions.
 
  Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications
Audience: All Educators
Application Period: Sept. 1-30, 2017
Contact: ambassad@jpl.nasa.govThe Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join — and those in Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories are especially encouraged to apply.
Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter
Audience
: All Educators
Contact: https://science.nasa.gov/about-us/contact-usAre you a science educator or interested in science education? Sign up to receive an email with NASA’s latest science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.” It’s a simple way to keep up with the latest professional development webinars, student contests, workshops, lectures and other NASA science education activities.
 

 


  Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2017
Audience: 9-12 Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 27, 2017
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu

Teams of U.S. high school students are challenged to design a software program for small satellites called SPHERES that operate inside the cabin of the International Space Station. Finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES to run their tests.
BIG Idea Challenge 2018
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NoI Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2017
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.orgNASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design, installation and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on Mars. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia or NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio. The winning team will receive NASA internship offers.
 
  NASA History Program Office Spring 2018 Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.govThe NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for spring 2018 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. The division edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites and social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.

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

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

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

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

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

NASA Education Express Message — July 13, 2017

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.






Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.


NEW THIS WEEK!


Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: July 13, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT


PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…


Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter
Audience: All Educators and Students

Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Workshop Dates: Multiple dates July 13-28, 2017

2017 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Next Lecture Date: July 13, 2017, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Family Day Events– Your Eclipse
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: July 15, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT

NASA’s Digital Learning Network Virtual Visit — LEGO and NASA Engineering
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-12
Event Date: July 17, 2017, at 2 p.m. EDT

Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum — Remembering John Glenn: The Man and the Legend
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education; All Educators
Event Date: July 18, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!
Audience: K-12 Educators

Mars Day! 2017 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: July 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT

NASA Education Workshop at Glenn Research Center — Modeling the Solar Eclipse
Audience: K-12 Educators
Workshop Date: July 25, 2017, 8:30 a.m. EDT

National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program
Audience: Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Research Initiation Awards — Notice of Intent Deadline: July 25, 2017
Various Projects — Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 5, 2017

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Entry Submission Period: June 1 – July 31, 2017

Translational Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship
Audience: Researchers Who Have Received a Ph.D. in the Last Seven Years and Have Fewer Than Five Years of Postdoctoral Training
Proposal Deadline: July 31, 2017

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations

Get Ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse With NASA Resources
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Aug. 21, 2017

Fly Your Exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Nov. 20, 2017

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

Bring the Story of “Hidden Figures” to the Classroom With the “Who Is Katherine Johnson?” Profiles and Modern Figures Toolkit
Audience: K-12 Educators

NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library
Audience: All Educators and Students

Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Timeframe: Ongoing

Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Project Timeframe: Ongoing


Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html


NEW THIS WEEK!


Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Lava Layering: Making and Mapping a Volcano
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: July 13, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT
Participants will be introduced to an activity that focuses on interpreting geologic history through volcano formation and excavation. Baking soda, vinegar and play dough are used to model fluid lava flows. Various colors of play dough identify different eruption events. The activity challenges students to do the following:
1.Construct a model of a volcano.
2. Produce lava flows.
3. Observe, draw, record, and interpret the history and stratigraphy of a volcano produced by other students.
4. Make the connection between the life cycle of a volcano and see these features on Earth and Mars.
Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/261971

Solar Eclipse: Edible Experiments/The Great American Eclipse/Eclipse Book Reviews
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 17, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Explore resources for making edible models to teach about lunar and solar eclipses. Browse websites with hands-on activities on subjects such as protection from UV rays. Learn about a collection of children’s literature to use for studying the eclipse. These activities will be great for summer camps and back-to-school events before the solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263976

Solar Eclipse: Guest Scientist — High-Altitude Ballooning
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Get an overview of high-altitude ballooning during eclipses with Bernhard Beck-Winchatz from the STEM Studies Department at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Beck-Winchatz has worked on several NASA projects using weather balloon flights that provide affordable access to a spacelike environment for student research. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263980

Solar Eclipse: Building Your Own Eclipse Equipment for Your Classroom on a Budget
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 19, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how to build inexpensive models to teach solar eclipse concepts in the classroom. Register online to participate. https://www.eiseverywhere.com/263974

Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, How and Safety
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. EDT
On Aug. 21, 2017, most Americans will experience their first total solar eclipse in almost 40 years. What is a solar eclipse? Where will the eclipse be visible? When will the eclipse occur? How can the eclipse be viewed safely? This webinar will explore these questions using some of the many NASA resources and classroom lessons supporting this solar event. Learn about the important safety of properly viewing the eclipse with your students. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/263468

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.


PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…


Sign Up for NASA Education ‘Science WOW!’ Weekly Email Newsletter

Are you a science educator or interested in science education? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” newsletter. Receive an email with NASA’s latest science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.”

Science starts with a question, and so does “Science WOW!” Each week’s message kicks off with a science question and a link to where you can find the answer. “Science WOW!” also highlights an awesome science education tool each week. These featured resources will include NASA apps, interactive games, 3-D printing templates and more!

Plus, “Science WOW!” delivers — right to your inbox — the latest science education opportunities offered by NASA. It’s a simple way to keep up with the latest professional development webinars, student contests, workshops, lectures and other activities.

To register your email address and be added to the list, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/.


Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center

The National AeroSpace Training and Research, or NASTAR, Center is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs throughout the month of July. Here’s your chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator, or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education.

One-day workshops are planned for multiple dates through July 28, 2017. To see a full list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet, visit http://www.nastarcenter.com/education/teachers/.

The NASTAR Center is located in Southampton, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. The center is an Affiliate Member of the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Funding from the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium supports these programs, so they are offered at no cost to teachers.

Questions about this series of workshops should be directed to Greg Kennedy at gkennedy@nastarcenter.com.


2017 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and presented by JPL’s Office of Communication and Education, shares the excitement of the space program’s missions, instruments and other technologies.

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. Thursday lectures take place in JPL’s Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

Next Lecture in the Series:

Five Years of Exploring Gale Crater With the Curiosity Mars Rover
Event Date:
July 13 and July 14, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2017&month=7
Nearly five years after its celebrated arrival at Mars, the Curiosity rover continues to reveal Mars as a once-habitable planet. Early in the planet’s history, generations of streams and lakes created the landforms that Curiosity explores today. Join James Erickson and Dr. Ashwin Vasavada, mission team members from the Mars Science Laboratory, for a discussion about the latest findings from the mission, the challenges of exploration with an aging robot, and what lies ahead.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

Questions about this series should be directed to http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.


Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Family Day Event– Your Eclipse

Get ready for the upcoming total solar eclipse by attending a Family Day event hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

On Aug. 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible from the entire continental U.S. During this Family Day event, visitors will learn about the science behind solar eclipses, participate in hands-on activities, and get information about how to safely view the eclipse.

July 15, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia
https://airandspace.si.edu/events/your-eclipse-0

Please direct questions about this event to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.


NASA’s Digital Learning Network Virtual Visit — LEGO and NASA Engineering

Join the Digital Network at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center for a Virtual Visit event on July 17, 2017, at 2 p.m. EDT. The event will focus on LEGO and NASA engineering and will feature LEGO enthusiast Maia Weinstock. Weinstock is internationally known for her LEGO projects including “Women of NASA,” a LEGO Ideas-winning set that will soon be available in stores worldwide. LEGO engineering projects by female student guests at Armstrong also will be shared during the presentation.

This hourlong program will be streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-dlinfo. Questions may be submitted by email to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com or via Twitter using #askDLN.

If your school or camp would like to participate directly in this program, please send an email to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com with the subject line “LEGO Virtual Visit.” Those not selected to be a part of the interactive audience will be able to view the webcast event live.

For more information about this and other DLN events, visit https://www.nasa.gov/dln/virtual-visit.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please send them to dlinfochannel@gmail.com.


Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum — Remembering John Glenn: The Man and the Legend

John Glenn is one of the most recognized names and public figures in the world, a consequence of his stature as the first American to orbit Earth. That brief event made him a legend, but Glenn’s full career spanned more than seven decades as an aviator, engineer, astronaut, businessman, U.S. senator, public servant and educator. Behind the legend was a man devoted to the nation, the American people and his family — a genial and thoughtful man of good humor, faith and eloquence. These aspects of Glenn’s life will be remembered in an intimate conversation among a select few speakers who knew him best. Bob Schieffer will moderate the event.

The lecture will be held July 18, 2017, at 8 p.m. EDT, at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the Washington, D.C. Attendance is free, but tickets are required. The event will be webcast live for free viewing.

For more information, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/events/remembering-john-glenn-man-and-legend.

Questions about this event should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.


Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!

NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit.

The Mars Survival Kit is a collection of educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Start your classroom’s journey to Mars at http://go.nasa.gov/1NnZ0Rg.

To learn more about NASA’s Journey to Mars, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.


Mars Day! 2017 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Celebrate “Mars Day! 2017” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.! This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors also can talk to scientists active in Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

The event takes place July 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT.

For more information, visit https://airandspace.si.edu/mars-day.

Questions about this event should be directed to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.


NASA Education Workshop at Glenn Research Center — Modeling the Solar Eclipse

On Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will experience a solar eclipse. This event will provide an excellent opportunity to engage and educate diverse audiences, and NASA has the resources to help.

Join the Office of Education at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, for a STEM educator workshop on July 25, 2017. Participants will be introduced to problem-based-inquiry learning activities related to the solar eclipse. Learn how to bring STEM challenges and the adventure of space exploration to students in the classroom.

For full event details and registration information, visit https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/index.php?eventid=237940&.

Please direct questions about this workshop to Stephanie Brown-Houston at sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov.


National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program

The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program. HBCU-UP is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce. HBCU-UP realizes this purpose by providing awards to develop, implement, and study innovative models and approaches for making dramatic improvements in the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may participate successfully in graduate programs and/or careers in STEM disciplines.

HBCU-UP provides support for a variety of opportunities. These include the following:

Research Initiation Awards: These awards provide support for STEM faculty at HBCUs to pursue new research at the home institution, an NSF-funded research center, a research-intensive institution or a national laboratory. Eligible faculty members must not have received any federal funding during the last three years. The deadline to submit a required notice of intent for a Research Initiation Award is July 25, 2017. Full proposals are due Oct. 3, 2017.

Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, and Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects: These projects aim to support efforts that increase STEM participation at HBCUs. See the website for individual project descriptions. The deadline to submit a required notice of intent for these projects is Sept. 5, 2017. Full proposals are due Nov. 28, 2017.

For more information on the overall Historically Black Colleges and Universities — Undergraduate Program, visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5481.

Please direct questions about these opportunities to Claudia Rankins at crankins@nsf.gov and Andrea Johnson at andjohns@nsf.gov.


‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society once again will offer filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by — and using — actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a short-film competition.

Films featuring imagery captured by NASA and video collected throughout the agency’s 50-year history will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Works submitted to “CineSpace” will compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to be shown to audiences both on and off Earth. In addition to being screened at the “CineSpace” awards ceremony during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, winners and finalists may be screened at other film festivals across the country, as well as on NASA TV and even on the International Space Station.

“CineSpace” is open to all filmmakers, both professional and aspiring. The competition will accept submissions of all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, experimental and others, of up to 10 minutes running time. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery.

The submission period opens June 1, 2017, and closes July 31, 2017. Finalists and winners will be announced at a “CineSpace” event during the Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November. Entries will be competing for $26,000 in prizes with cash awards going to the top three submissions as well as the two films that best demonstrate the themes “Benefits of Space to Humanity” and “Future Space Exploration.”

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/cinespace-short-film-competition-returns-for-2017.

Please direct questions about this competition to cinespace@cinemartsociety.org.


Translational Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Translational Research Institute leads a national effort in applying cutting edge terrestrial research to spaceflight human-risk-mitigation strategies for long-duration exploration missions. TRI was founded in 2016 and works in partnership with NASA’s Human Research Program through a cooperative agreement and cooperative agreement management plan.

Applications for postdoctoral fellowships offered through the Translational Research Institute are now being accepted. Fellowships will be competitively awarded in any laboratory in the U.S. conducting biomedical/biotechnological research aligned with TRI’s mission and goals. The fellowship is open to any researcher who is legally residing and/or working in the United States, i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or persons with pre-existing visas obtained through their sponsoring institutions that permit postdoctoral training for the project’s duration. To be eligible for this program, applicants may not have more than five years (cumulative) previous postdoctoral training as of the deadline for this proposal submission.

Proposals are due July 31, 2017.

For complete fellowship details and application procedures, visit http://go.nasa.gov/2rJD9iy.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be directed to Dorit B. Donoviel at donoviel@bcm.edu.


Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

Nonprofit museums, libraries and planetariums (sponsored through their respective State Agency Surplus Property, or SASP, organization) are also eligible to make requests. Visit the link below for special instructions to request items. To find the contact information for the SASP representative for your area, visit http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/100851.

A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.


Get Ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse With NASA Resources

On Aug. 21, 2017, the United States will experience a solar eclipse! This celestial event will provide a golden opportunity to engage and educate diverse audiences, and NASA has the resources to help.

Along a path 60 to 70 miles wide stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, observers will be able to see a total solar eclipse. Others across North America will see a partial eclipse. The event will happen around lunch time across the country. For an interactive map with timing information along the path of the eclipse, visit http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html.

Visit the following websites to find additional information and resources, including:
— Tips for safely viewing the solar eclipse.
— Recorded interviews with NASA scientists, mission specialists and eclipse path communities.
— Topical online eclipse videos, featuring a variety of STEM and cultural topics.
— Social media community development and networking.
— Mobile educational eclipse applications.
— Public challenges and engagement activities.
— 2-D and 3-D printing exercises for K-16 students.
— Citizen science campaigns in partnership with NASA mission observations.
— Adjunct activities and educational resources.
— Live streaming of observations and programming.

Total Eclipse 2017 — Through the Eyes of NASA
http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov

Eclipses and Transits
http://www.nasa.gov/eclipse


Fly Your Exoplanet on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

Set to launch in June 2018, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is an explorer-class planet finder. In the first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants and will orbit a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. As the TESS team prepares for launch, it invites the public to ponder what exoplanets might look like and share their ideas in the form of sketches and graphics.

This opportunity is open to all ages and skill levels. Submissions will be collected via email. To download the template for submitting your artwork, visit https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/fly_your_exoplanet.html.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 20, 2017, or when capacity of the drive carrying the submissions to space is reached, whichever occurs first.

To learn more about the TESS mission, visit https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to GSFC-TESS@mail.nasa.gov.


Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design, or STEAMD; or activities culturally relevant to or focused on populations underrepresented in STEM careers, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NASA announcement.


Bring the Story of “Hidden Figures” to the Classroom With the “Who Is Katherine Johnson?” Profiles and Modern Figures Toolkit

In the 1960s, the U.S. was on an ambitious journey to the moon, and Katherine Johnson and her fellow human computers helped get NASA there. Bring the excitement of their story to your classroom with new resources from NASA Education.

Learn more about Katherine Johnson with the “Who Is Katherine Johnson?” profiles written just for students. Versions written for K-4 and 5-8 students are available.

“Who Is Katherine Johnson?” — K-4 Students Version
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/who-is-katherine-johnson-k4

“Who Is Katherine Johnson?” — 5-8 Students Version
https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/who-is-katherine-johnson-5-8

Also available online, the Modern Figures Toolkit is a collection of resources and educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity and resource includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to education standards. Resources highlighted include videos, historical references and STEM materials.

Bring Katherine Johnson’s inspiring story to your classroom by downloading the Modern Figures Toolkit at www.nasa.gov/modernfigures-education-toolkit.


NASA Unveils New Searchable Video, Audio and Imagery Library

NASA has launched a new resource to help the public search and download out-of-this-world images, videos and audio files. The NASA Image and Video Library website consolidates imagery spread across more than 60 collections into one searchable location.

The NASA Image and Video Library allows users to search, discover and download a treasure trove of more than 140,000 NASA images, videos and audio files from across the agency’s many missions. Users can browse the most recently uploaded files, as well as discover historic and the most popularly searched images, audio files and videos. Topic areas include aeronautics, astrophysics, Earth science, human spaceflight and more.

Users can embed content in their own sites and choose from multiple resolutions to download. The website also displays the metadata associated with images.

To learn more, visit https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-unveils-new-searchable-video-audio-and-imagery-library-for-the-public.

To browse or start your multimedia search, visit the NASA Image and Video Library at https://images.nasa.gov/#/.


Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9

Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? Using data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit the “Backyard Worlds: Planet 9” website at http://backyardworlds.org.

To learn more about NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and its mission to image the entire sky in the infrared, visit https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/main/index.html.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Marc Kuchner at marc.j.kuchner@nasa.gov.


Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project

Aurorasaurus is the first and only citizen science project that tracks auroras around the world via online reports, mobile apps and social media.

Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.

To learn more, visit http://www.aurorasaurus.org/.

Please direct questions about this project to aurorasaurus.info@gmail.com.

This project receives support from the National Science Foundation and NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.


Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

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

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

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

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