NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Sept. 6, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience:
All Educators
Mission Dates: September
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Sign up for this unique fall opportunity that allows your students to observe Earth from above via a camera on the International Space Station! The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) program invites students to request images of specific targets on Earth taken by a camera placed in the window of the space station. EarthKAM can be used in any K-12 classroom setting, and is a great way to show students a new perspective of Earth. Visit https://www.earthkam.org/ to learn more and register for this free program. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

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

 
  Explore Earth: Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice—Earth Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Sept. 17 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of resources discussing the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on the Earth from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations (NEO) websites. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 18 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the Digital Badging platform used by NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative to deliver free, asynchronous, online professional development. Discussions will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Earth Science from Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 19 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. Explore Earth science through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it. NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, will be used to investigate our planet. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—An Overview of a Solar Storm at Mars
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join Dr. Christina O. Lee of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn how strong solar activity in September 2017 impacted the space environment around Mars, including its atmosphere and the radiation environment at the surface.

 
  Earth Right Now: Using NASA Data for STEM Problem Solving
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Are you working on implementing a new vision for science classrooms based on the Framework for K-12 Science classrooms in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas to solve real problems? This webinar will explore NASA resources that will guide you and your students through this process with authentic data. Online registration is required.

Museum Day Event at NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 at Noon to 4 p.m. PDT
Contact: arc-visitorcenter@mail.nasa.gov 

Join us at the visitor center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2018. Ames is a key facility for NASA’s missions and projects. Come to NASA’s Ames Visitor Center and learn what we’re doing at this amazing NASA facility! Museum Day 2018 will showcase “Women Making History: Trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation and culture.” Click here for directions.

 
  NASA Live Event—Earth Science Week: Earth as Inspiration
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov 

Join NASA scientists and education specialists for an hour-long educational event to explore and share their perspectives on Earth as an inspiration! In coordination with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, this NASA event will feature a sneak peek into the exciting NASA products included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkits. This event will be webcast in real time, and educators and students are encouraged to submit questions for NASA scientists to answer during the event. The event will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 
  2019 RASC-AL Competition
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 15
Entry Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkages (RASC-AL) invites teams of university students to respond to one of four themes with creative ideas to improve our ability to access and explore cis-lunar space via the Gateway: 1. Gateway Logistics as a Science Platform, 2. Gateway-based Cis-lunar Tug, 3. Gateway-based Human Lunar Surface Access, 4. Gateway Uncrewed Utilization and Operations. Up to 14 teams will be chosen to participate in a competitive design review at the RASC-AL Forum in June 2019.

See Yourself in Space With New ‘NASA Selfies’ App
Audience: Public
Contact: outreach@ipac.caltech.edu 

Create your own selfies from outer space! “NASA Selfies” lets you put your photo in a virtual spacesuit in front of captivating images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telecope. (Images from other NASA missions will appear in future versions of the app.) Share these space selfies on social media, and learn about the science behind the pictures. Available for iOS and Android devices.

 
  Take a Guided Tour of the TRAPPIST-1 Planetary System With the ‘Exoplanet Excursions’ App
Audience: Public
Contact: outreach@ipac.caltech.edu 

In NASA’s “Exoplanet Excursions” virtual reality (VR) app, VR users are taken on a guided tour of the only known exoplanet system to host seven planets that are roughly Earth-size. Users of the app are navigated around five of the seven planets, surrounded by the blackness of space and the faint lights of distant stars. The VR app is available for Oculus and Vive. A 360-degree video is also available on Youtube that allows viewers to explore the virtual TRAPPIST-1 system on their desktop computers, smartphones or with a smartphone-based 360-viewer.

Explore Earth: Solving STEM Problems with Field Study and Data Collection
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about the NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This worldwide, hands-on school-based science education program for grades 6-12 promotes problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging students in problem-based learning that is both fun and relevant. Teacher implementation guides, protocols, activities and resources are integrated in this webinar. Online registration is required.

 
  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: CosmicLecture@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet” by Dr. Kirsten Siebach of Rice University. Dr. Siebach is also a member of the Curiosity rover team and will discuss how our knowledge of the surface of Mars has changed over the past 50 years of exploration. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

Free Lecture — NASA@60: The Role of the Robots
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 6 – 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php  

Space exploration has changed in the 60 years since NASA’s inception. Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to explore and blaze a trail for human explorers. Join outreach specialist Preston Dyches for a panel discussion on the history and progression of robotic exploration. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Explore Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 11 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 about the Sally Ride EarthKAM program. Find out how your students can learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, students worldwide request images of specific locations on Earth. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Online registration is required.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Go With the Flow in the 8- by 6-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Sept. 13, 2018
Event Date: Oct. 13, 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 Oct. 13, tour the 8- by 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which has contributed to decades of aeronautic research and is testing models for the next generation of supersonic aircraft. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

 
  Space and Science Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 20-23
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits from NASA, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world exhibits.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development. Tour the museum and attend presentations from guest speakers and presenters from NASA and educational organizations. Attend sessions featuring demonstrations of STEM concepts and resources, learning activities and discussions with experts. Visit the site to register in advance.

 
  World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

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

Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

 
  Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018
Audience: Grades 9-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 26, 2018
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu 

Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information! You can also apply to host a Space Apps in your area (host application closes Aug. 24).

 
  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.

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 30, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  STEMonstration: Water Filtration
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered how astronauts aboard the International Space Station get a constant supply of drinking water? The water filtration system in the space station plays a key part in crew survival. In this new episode, Expeditions 56 Commander Drew Feustel discusses the water recovery system used to recycle crew waste water for consumption. Use the lesson plan accompanying this video to allow students to design, build and test their own water filtration device. Be sure to visit https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations for more educational videos using microgravity aboard the International Space Station. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

Explore Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 11 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 about the Sally Ride EarthKAM program. Find out how your students can learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, students worldwide request images of specific locations on Earth. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Online registration is required.

 
  Space and Science Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 20-23
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits from NASA, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world exhibits.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development. Tour the museum and attend presentations from guest speakers and presenters from NASA and educational organizations. Attend sessions featuring demonstrations of STEM concepts and resources, learning activities and discussions with experts. Visit the site to register in advance.

 
  Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 21
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 19
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for the 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 communities to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for Team Advisors to assist with project completion.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 30, 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.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

 
  NASA Psyche Inspired Internship
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Contact: https://psyche.asu.edu/contact/ 

NASA’s Psyche Mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students in any major from universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns! Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.

Call for Participants: Apollo Dialogues Workshop
Audience: Scholars and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Event Date: Dec. 7
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship.

 
  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.

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.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about water and the hydrologic cycle. NASA’s researchers, airborne missions and fleet of satellites address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Explore ways to take part via citizen science as part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: From Earth to the Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 5 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 to explore how Earth is influenced by the Moon. NASA has been studying our Moon for 60 years and will soon celebrate the 50-year anniversary of humans’ arrival to the Moon during the Apollo program. Explore the Earth-Moon relationship and learn to integrate NASA STEM missions, online resources and lessons into your classroom teaching. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Solving STEM Problems with Field Study and Data Collection
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about the NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This worldwide, hands-on school-based science education program for grades 6-12 promotes problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging students in problem-based learning that is both fun and relevant. Teacher implementation guides, protocols, activities and resources are integrated in this webinar. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: CosmicLecture@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet” by Dr. Kirsten Siebach of Rice University. Dr. Siebach is also a member of the Curiosity rover team and will discuss how our knowledge of the surface of Mars has changed over the past 50 years of exploration. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

 
  Free Lecture — NASA@60: The Role of the Robots
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 6 – 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php  

Space exploration has changed in the 60 years since NASA’s inception. Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to explore and blaze a trail for human explorers. Join outreach specialist Preston Dyches for a panel discussion on the history and progression of robotic exploration. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information! You can also apply to host a Space Apps in your area (host application closes Aug. 24).

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
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 2019 and 2022. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

Bring Engineering to the Classroom With NASA Glenn’s Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Contact: GRC-Ed-Opportunities@mail.nasa.gov 

Engineering design challenges are an exciting way to give students the opportunity to work on real-world challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment. Glenn Engineering Design Challenges connect students, in both classroom and out-of-school settings, with the distinct challenges faced by NASA scientists and engineers as they design the next generation of aeronautic and space vehicles, habitats and technology. Current challenges include Powered and Pumped Up, Let It Glide and Gaining Traction on Mars.

 
Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018
Audience: Grades 9-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 26, 2018
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu 

Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018.

 
  2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 5
Entry Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design and operation of a Mars Greenhouse. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Eligible students on teams that advance to the BIG Idea Forum will have the opportunity to compete for one of five NASA summer internship slots.

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.

 

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 23, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Expeditionary Skills for Life
Audience:
STEM Educators
Webinar Date: Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered how to help your students learn to work as a team and respect one another’s differences? NASA had to get this handled before sending astronauts into space where they live together in a confined space for six months. The NASA behavioral sciences group worked with astronauts to create “Expeditionary Skills”—an astronaut training flow focused on people skills. Educators can use it, too! Tune into a free educator professional development webinar tonight, Aug 23 at 6 p.m. EDT to learn more about the Expeditionary Skills for Life curriculum. Or visit the Expeditionary Skills for Life website to hear from astronauts as they explain the importance of soft skills including teamwork, communication, leadership/followership and cultural competency. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

NASA Psyche Inspired Internship
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Contact: https://psyche.asu.edu/contact/ 

NASA’s Psyche Mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students in any major from universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns! Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about water and the hydrologic cycle. NASA’s researchers, airborne missions and fleet of satellites address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Explore ways to take part via citizen science as part of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: From Earth to the Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 5 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 to explore how Earth is influenced by the Moon. NASA has been studying our Moon for 60 years and will soon celebrate the 50-year anniversary of humans’ arrival to the Moon during the Apollo program. Explore the Earth-Moon relationship and learn to integrate NASA STEM missions, online resources and lessons into your classroom teaching. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Solving STEM Problems with Field Study and Data Collection
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about the NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This worldwide, hands-on school-based science education program for grades 6-12 promotes problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging students in problem-based learning that is both fun and relevant. Teacher implementation guides, protocols, activities and resources are integrated in this webinar. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Sept. 6 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: CosmicLecture@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Curiosity and Our Evolving View of the Red Planet” by Dr. Kirsten Siebach of Rice University. Dr. Siebach is also a member of the Curiosity rover team and will discuss how our knowledge of the surface of Mars has changed over the past 50 years of exploration. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

 
  Celebrate NASA’s 60th Anniversary at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 from 1-4 p.m. EDT
Contact: kimberly.a.check@nasa.gov 

NASA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018! NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center invites the public to join in the celebration during a special event on Sat., Sept. 22 from 1 – 4 p.m. Meet representatives from the various programs operated at Wallops as well as NASA’s local partners. The event is open and free to the public and will feature lectures, exhibitors and science demonstrations.

Engage Students in Real-world Applications of STEM Concepts Inspired by GPS
Audience:
Educators of Grades 5-12
Contact: john.johnson@softekenterprises.com 

A new educational curriculum uses global positioning system (GPS) concepts to stimulate students’ interest in STEM. The free curriculum features four modules: Earth, Life, Space and Movement with inquiry-based lessons designed to support the new science standards and the Common Core. Scenarios highlight STEM applications in satellites, orbital space clutter, energy grids, precision agriculture, global supply chains, aviation, weather forecasting and conservation.

 
  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

Project-based Learning: The Importance of Fresh Water
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Project-based Learning (PBL) resources to answer the real-life problem of the availability of fresh water. The resources include videos, lesson plans, interactive websites and articles on the water cycle, weather, climate and societal applications. Explore these resources and discuss how they can be used to design a PBL lesson. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 30, 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.

Call for Participants: Apollo Dialogues Workshop
Audience: Scholars and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Event Date: Dec. 7
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship.

 
  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.

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.

 
  World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

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

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Inspired by Earth” and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. 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.

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
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 2019 and 2022. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 5
Entry Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design and operation of a Mars Greenhouse. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Eligible students on teams that advance to the BIG Idea Forum will have the opportunity to compete for one of five NASA summer internship slots.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth Expressions.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural 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.

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.

 

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 16, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Real-world Applications for Out-of-This-World Science
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you looking for ways to connect STEM studies to real-life applications? Check out Space Station Research Explorer, a searchable database of experiments happening aboard the International Space Station. Space Station Research Explorer allows you to link student experiments to similar ones being conducted by astronauts in space. One example is Understanding Growth Morphologies in Chemical Gardens—an investigation that looks at growing plant-like chemical gardens in a microgravity environment. Each experiment found at Space Station Research Explorer gives background information on the science involved as well as applications to life on Earth. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

Project-based Learning: The Importance of Fresh Water
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Project-based Learning (PBL) resources to answer the real-life problem of the availability of fresh water. The resources include videos, lesson plans, interactive websites and articles on the water cycle, weather, climate and societal applications. Explore these resources and discuss how they can be used to design a PBL lesson. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 30, 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.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018
Audience: Grades 9-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 26, 2018
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu 

Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information! You can also apply to host a Space Apps in your area (host application closes Aug. 24).

Explore Space Technology: Roving on Mars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: brandon.rodriguez@jpl.nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how the Curiosity rover was built to withstand the hard climate of Mars, and how we continue to keep it safe from harm from here on Earth. Topics will tie into several engineering design lessons to use with students in your classroom. The activities in this webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Solar Sail
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) curriculum, and use the engineering design process to design and create a solar sail. The activities in this webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use these videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Life Skills: Expeditionary Skills for Life
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about a series of educational activities designed to take you through educational expeditions that will help students learn life skills they can apply in almost every aspect of life. Online registration is required.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

 
  Call for Participants: Apollo Dialogues Workshop
Audience: Scholars and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Event Date: Dec. 7
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship.

Free Lecture — NASA@60: The Role of the Robots
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 6 – 7, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Space exploration has changed in the 60 years since NASA’s inception. Despite all the advances, one thing hasn’t changed: we still rely on robotic spacecraft to explore and blaze a trail for human explorers. Join outreach specialist Preston Dyches for a panel discussion on the history and progression of robotic exploration. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
 CubeSat101 CubeSat 101—Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers
Audience: K-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Contact: Carol.A.Galica@nasa.gov 

Do you want to start a CubeSat program and launch a small satellite? The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Download the new “CubeSat 101” guide to learn more.

Proposals are currently being accepted for CubeSats to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2019 and 2022. Proposals are due Nov. 20.

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 Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth and Art.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 9, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold Completes Christa McAuliffe’s Lost Lessons
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

More than 32 years ago, Christa McAuliffe planned to conduct lessons during the Challenger 51L mission. McAuliffe, along with the rest of the crew, died tragically on the morning of Jan. 28, 1986, when the shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after launch. As a tribute to Christa, her legacy and teachers around the world, astronaut Ricky Arnold filmed Christa’s planned lessons. The first video and accompanying lesson plan focus on chromatography and are available at the STEM on Station website. Check often for more of Christa’s lost lessons on topics including effervescence, liquids in microgravity and Newton’s law. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

Explore Space Technology: Thermal Protection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) design challenges. Learn how to use the engineering design process to design, create and test a prototype of a spacecraft that can withstand tests simulating the harsh conditions in space. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: X-rays on Earth and From Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Get an overview of scientific concepts behind the observations of Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and explore NASA hands-on classroom activities about x-rays and black holes. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the new research just released on the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Roving on Mars
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: brandon.rodriguez@jpl.nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how the Curiosity rover was built to withstand the hard climate of Mars, and how we continue to keep it safe from harm from here on Earth. Topics will tie into several engineering design lessons to use with students in your classroom. The activities in this webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Technology: Solar Sail
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) curriculum, and use the engineering design process to design and create a solar sail. The activities in this webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use these videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.

NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Life Skills: Expeditionary Skills for Life
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about a series of educational activities designed to take you through educational expeditions that will help students learn life skills they can apply in almost every aspect of life. Online registration is required.

 
  Call for Participants: Apollo Dialogues Workshop
Audience: Scholars and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Event Date: Dec. 7
Contact: bill.barry@nasa.gov 

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing offers an opportunity to reflect on what we know about the Apollo era and its legacies. The National Air and Space Museum Space History Department and NASA History Division invite colleagues whose research and writing extend our understanding of Apollo, the Apollo era, human spaceflight, future space and related areas to join together in assessing the current state of the field, suggesting new lenses for analysis and interpretation, and considering new paths for future scholarship.

2019 BIG Idea Challenge: Marsboreal Greenhouse Design
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Optional NOI Deadline: Oct. 5
Entry Deadline: Jan. 6, 2019
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org 

NASA’s 2019 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge seeks innovations in the design and operation of a Mars Greenhouse. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Top teams present their concepts via a design review at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. Eligible students on teams that advance to the BIG Idea Forum will have the opportunity to compete for one of five NASA summer internship slots.

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
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 2019 and 2022. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

See Yourself @ NASA With Updated Careers Site for Students
Audience:
All Students 

Are you interested in working at NASA? Do you know a student considering a STEM career? Check out the recently updated Exploring Careers @ NASA website. 

Visit the site to read profiles of NASA interns and employees to see the many career paths that lead to NASA. Explore the different locations across the U.S. that NASA calls home. And find out how to start your own out-of-this-world career journey with internships, fellowships and job opportunities.

 
  New Resources Available—X-57 Electric Airplane: STEM Learning Module
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Contact: karen.l.rugg@nasa.gov 

Bring the concepts of alternative energy, physics, engineering and teamwork into your classroom with a new educator guide and student activities from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Learn about NASA’s X-57 Maxwell experimental aircraft by watching NASA animations, taking part in hands-on activities and completing digital challenges. The X-57 is designed to test operating multiple electric motors for use in turning 14 propellers. The goal is to demonstrate an all-electric airplane that is more fuel efficient, quieter and more environmentally friendly. The STEM learning module is available online and free to download.

Elementary GLOBE: Climate Change
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts related to water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth system studies. The Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program explores classroom learning activities complementing the science content covered in each storybook that are designed to further engage students in GLOBE’s investigation areas. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture — The Incredible Continuing Adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Aug. 9 – 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Launched in 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope was designed to observe the universe in infrared light for five years. Fifteen years later, the telescope continues to exceed expectations. Join project manager Dr. Sean Carey for a discussion about the telescope’s extended mission and scientific discoveries. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series Event—Perseid Meteor Shower
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Aug. 11 at 7:30-9:45 p.m. EDT
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia for the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series, and discover the night sky from Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia District. This special event corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower and begins with an Astronomy 101 presentation. Afterwards, participants will look for meteors and stargaze with telescopes (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public; however, refuge entrance fees apply.

 
  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

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

 
  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.

  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.

Download the ‘Spacecraft AR’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: Holli.riebeek@nasa.gov 

NASA spacecraft travel to far-off destinations in space, but a mobile app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings spacecraft to you! The app, called Spacecraft AR, uses the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to put virtual 3-D models of NASA’s robotic space explorers into any environment with a flat surface. Download the app to explore and snap pictures with 3-D rovers, space probes and more!

 
  Create Art Inspired by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: jwst@lists.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is inviting artists to create artwork inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope. Artwork can include painting, poetry, sculpture, textiles, music, video production, 3-D design, jewelry, posters, etc. Browse through the collection of Webb telescope images and videos. See what inspires you. Create art and share it with NASA on social media with #JWSTArt, or email jwst@lists.nasa.gov with your art. There’s no deadline for submissions.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for Aug. 2, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Open the Door to NASA Internships
Audience:
High School and College Students
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Each year, almost 2,000 students across the United States get the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to intern at NASA. Interns work with NASA mentors to solve real-world challenges and, along the way, get to participate in some very cool events. Check out this video of NASA interns connecting long distance with #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold as he orbits the Earth at 17,500 mph. Learn more about the NASA intern experience by reading these life changing stories from NASA interns and visiting the NASA internship website

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

New “Where on Earth?” Quiz
Audience:
Public
Submission Deadline: Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. PDT
Contact: Abigail.M.Nastan@jpl.nasa.gov 

Are you ready for a challenge? Become a geographical detective and solve the latest mystery quiz from NASA’s Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard the Terra satellite. The quiz asks nine multiple-choice questions about the area seen in the image. Online research is allowed. If all questions are answered correctly, you will have a chance to enter for a prize. Happy sleuthing!

 
  Explore Space Tech: Rockets 101
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 2 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. Blast off into learning by exploring the math and science of rockets with NASA missions and STEM classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest and excitement in forces and motion with inquiry-based rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets. Online registration is required.

2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience:
Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24
Contact: rubik.b.sheth@nasa.gov 

The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year’s free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.

 
  Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience:
Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5
Contact: Sarah.S.Marcotte@jpl.nasa.gov 

Scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.

Explore Space Technology: Detecting Exoplanets
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Aug. 6 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Get an overview of methods used to detect planets outside of the solar system and explore related NASA education resources. Information includes the latest missions and data. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. Activities address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2, PS4 and ESS1. Online registration is required.

 
  Comparative Planetology: Characteristics of Planets—Earth and Space Sciences
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Aug. 7 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how planets are classified by their characteristics and how studies of other planets help us understand Earth. Explore related NASA education resources. Information includes the latest missions and data. Activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1, ESS2 and PS2. Online registration is required.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Explore NASA’s Drop Zone — the Zero Gravity Research Facility
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Aug. 8, 2018
Event Date: Sept. 8, 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 Sept. 8, explore the Zero Gravity Research Facility, which puts payloads into a free fall for five seconds as they drop over 400 feet. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

 
  Explore Space Technology: Drag Devices and Decelerators
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn what it takes to move around on Mars and how gravity there is different than Earth’s. Participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and use the engineering design process to create a drag device. Activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

Elementary GLOBE: Climate Change
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts related to water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth system studies. The Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program explores classroom learning activities complementing the science content covered in each storybook that are designed to further engage students in GLOBE’s investigation areas. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture — The Incredible Continuing Adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Aug. 9 – 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Launched in 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope was designed to observe the universe in infrared light for five years. Fifteen years later, the telescope continues to exceed expectations. Join project manager Dr. Sean Carey for a discussion about the telescope’s extended mission and scientific discoveries. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series Event—Perseid Meteor Shower
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Aug. 11 at 7:30-9:45 p.m. EDT
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia for the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series, and discover the night sky from Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia District. This special event corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower and begins with an Astronomy 101 presentation. Afterwards, participants will look for meteors and stargaze with telescopes (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public; however, refuge entrance fees apply.

 
  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

Free Virtual Reality Program: NASA SLS VR Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: twila.g.schneider@nasa.gov 

Do you want to experience the excitement of standing on the launch pad beneath NASA’s massive new rocket, the Space Launch System? The “NASA SLS VR Experience” is a free, virtual reality software program that is available for anyone with an Oculus Rift to download. Users can experience the scale of the SLS and can explore the rocket from multiple angles. Those using the software can even sit in the cockpit during prelaunch activities to see what it’s like to be an astronaut inside the Orion spacecraft.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for July 26, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

 

 Today is National Intern Day! Each year, almost 2,000 students across the United States get the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to intern at NASA. Keep an eye on @NASAInterns today for fun events to celebrate!
  Space Station Update—Three Minutes Or Less
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Do you wish you could stay on top of what’s happening aboard the International Space Station without spending hours searching the web? Check out Space to Ground; a brief video featuring a summary of activities on the space station that week. The videos are posted on YouTube each Friday, and are a great way to stay current on research, crewmembers and visiting vehicles. Each episode ends with the answer to an audience question like “How many rooms does the space station have?” Episodes often point educators to related learning tools. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

Explore Space Technology: Detecting Exoplanets
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Aug. 6 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Get an overview of methods used to detect planets outside of the solar system and explore related NASA education resources. Information includes the latest missions and data. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. Activities address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2, PS4 and ESS1. Online registration is required.

 
  Comparative Planetology: Characteristics of Planets—Earth and Space Sciences
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Aug. 7 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Learn how planets are classified by their characteristics and how studies of other planets help us understand Earth. Explore related NASA education resources. Information includes the latest missions and data. Activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1, ESS2 and PS2. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Technology: Drag Devices and Decelerators
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn what it takes to move around on Mars and how gravity there is different than Earth’s. Participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and use the engineering design process to create a drag device. Activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  Elementary GLOBE: Climate Change
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts related to water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth system studies. The Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program explores classroom learning activities complementing the science content covered in each storybook that are designed to further engage students in GLOBE’s investigation areas. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Inspired by Earth” and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. 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 2018 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth and Art.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth Expressions.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural 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.

 

International Space Station: Environmental Control and Life Support Systems—Ecosystems
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 30 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems on the International Space Station and associated video and activity resources. Treating the space station as a small scale ecosystem will be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards LS2.B and LS2.C. Online registration is required.

 
  Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

Learning from the Dark: Dark Matter and Energy—Physical Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 31 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore dark energy and matter, and discuss their significance in cosmology and physics. Learn about linking these concepts to physical science and Earth space science standards. The activities address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2, PS3, PS4 and ESS1. Online registration is required.

 
  Webinar—Solar Storms in the Ionosphere and the NASA GOLD Mission
Audience:
Public
Event Date: Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. PDT)
Contact: tom.mason@lasp.colorado.edu 

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission has been placed into its geostationary orbit and will soon begin capturing unprecedented images of Earth’s interface to space. Join GOLD scientist Stan Solomon to learn how the GOLD instrument—an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph—will measure the response of Earth’s upper atmosphere to changes in solar activity.

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1
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.

 
  Explore Space Tech: Rockets 101
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 2 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. Blast off into learning by exploring the math and science of rockets with NASA missions and STEM classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest and excitement in forces and motion with inquiry-based rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets. Online registration is required.

2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience:
Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24
Contact: rubik.b.sheth@nasa.gov 

The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year’s free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.

 
  Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience:
Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5
Contact: Sarah.S.Marcotte@jpl.nasa.gov 

Scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.

Free Lecture — The Incredible Continuing Adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Aug. 9 – 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Launched in 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope was designed to observe the universe in infrared light for five years. Fifteen years later, the telescope continues to exceed expectations. Join project manager Dr. Sean Carey for a discussion about the telescope’s extended mission and scientific discoveries. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Explore NASA’s Drop Zone — the Zero Gravity Research Facility
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Aug. 8, 2018
Event Date: Sept. 8, 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 Sept. 8, explore the Zero Gravity Research Facility, which puts payloads into a free fall for five seconds as they drop over 400 feet. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are 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.

Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series Event—Perseid Meteor Shower
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Aug. 11 at 7:30-9:45 p.m. EDT
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia for the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series, and discover the night sky from Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia District. This special event corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower and begins with an Astronomy 101 presentation. Afterwards, participants will look for meteors and stargaze with telescopes (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public; however, refuge entrance fees apply.

 
  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.

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.

 

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for July 19, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Astronomy Night at Pocomoke River State Park
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: July 20 at 8-10 p.m. EDT
Contact: marc.heim@maryland.gov 

Join the NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation and Pocomoke River State Park for an evening of astronomy. The event will begin at 8 p.m. EDT with an Astronomy 101 presentation, followed by stargazing with high-powered telescopes. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars.

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience:
All Educators
Mission Dates: July 24-30
Contact:
JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Give your students the opportunity to see Earth from the perspective of #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold on the International Space Station! The Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, or EarthKAM, program invites students to request images of specific targets on Earth taken by a camera placed in the window of the space station. Because EarthKAM participation is not restricted to a particular time of day, it’s perfect for summer camp programs and community youth organizations. Visit https://www.earthkam.org/ to learn more and sign up for this free program. 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the station.

International Space Station: Environmental Control and Life Support Systems—Ecosystems
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 30 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems on the International Space Station and associated video and activity resources. Treating the space station as a small scale ecosystem will be discussed. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards LS2.B and LS2.C. Online registration is required.

 
  Learning from the Dark: Dark Matter and Energy—Physical Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 31 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore dark energy and matter, and discuss their significance in cosmology and physics. Learn about linking these concepts to physical science and Earth space science standards. The activities address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2, PS3, PS4 and ESS1. Online registration is required.

Webinar—Solar Storms in the Ionosphere and the NASA GOLD Mission
Audience:
Public
Event Date: Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. PDT)
Contact: tom.mason@lasp.colorado.edu 

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission has been placed into its geostationary orbit and will soon begin capturing unprecedented images of Earth’s interface to space. Join GOLD scientist Stan Solomon to learn how the GOLD instrument—an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph—will measure the response of Earth’s upper atmosphere to changes in solar activity.

 
  Explore Space Tech: Rockets 101
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: Aug. 2 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. Blast off into learning by exploring the math and science of rockets with NASA missions and STEM classroom resources. Launch your students’ interest and excitement in forces and motion with inquiry-based rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets. Online registration is required.

Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series Event—Perseid Meteor Shower
Audience:
Public
Event Dates: Aug. 11 at 7:30-9:45 p.m. EDT
Contact: Kimberly.A.Check@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia for the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series, and discover the night sky from Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia District. This special event corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower and begins with an Astronomy 101 presentation. Afterwards, participants will look for meteors and stargaze with telescopes (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public; however, refuge entrance fees apply.

 
  International Space Station: Extreme Environments
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: July 19 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. Investigate the harsh environment of space, the critical role spacewalks play in human space exploration and how spacesuits are designed to protect astronauts from the harsh space environment. NASA STEM classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated into this walking with the stars webinar. Online registration is required.

Mars Day! 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: July 20 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate “Mars Day! 2018.” This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors may talk to scientists conducting Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

 
  International Space Station: Mass vs. Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. Also learn about microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Webinar activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 25 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use these videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.

 
  Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 25 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore an overview of math problems that give an authentic glimpse of modern science, engineering and actual research data from NASA missions that explore signs of life beyond Earth. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.

 
  Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27
Contact: gkennedy@nastarcenter.com 

The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs during 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. Visit the website for a list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet.

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

 
  World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

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

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.

 
  ‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1
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.

2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience:
Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24
Contact: rubik.b.sheth@nasa.gov 

The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year’s free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.

 
  Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience:
Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5
Contact: Sarah.S.Marcotte@jpl.nasa.gov 

Scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for July 12, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Surface Tension in Space
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered by water. It is crucial for life and has many unique properties. One of these is surface tension. While this force-resistant behavior can be observed on Earth’s surface, it becomes a spectacle in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. In the latest episode of STEMonstrations, astronaut Ricky Arnold demonstrates how surface tension affects life on orbit, and how water molecules bond to one another. The coinciding classroom connection can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations, and is a great way to engage students in a fun STEM activity! 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the International Space Station.

International Space Station: Pressure Suits
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the International Space Station—Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the International Space Station. Find out more about classroom teachers-turned-astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold. Then, explore how pressure suits are used to protect pilots and astronauts during flight and space walks. Online registration is required.

 
  International Space Station: Extreme Environments
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: July 19 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. Investigate the harsh environment of space, the critical role spacewalks play in human space exploration and how spacesuits are designed to protect astronauts from the harsh space environment. NASA STEM classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated into this walking with the stars webinar. Online registration is required.

International Space Station: Mass vs. Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. Also learn about microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Webinar activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

 
  International Space Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the Station With Problem-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 25 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos as they explain their daily routines. Educators can use these videos and resources to enhance K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula. Online registration is required.

Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 25 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore an overview of math problems that give an authentic glimpse of modern science, engineering and actual research data from NASA missions that explore signs of life beyond Earth. Online registration is required.

 
  2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience:
Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24
Contact: rubik.b.sheth@nasa.gov 

The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year’s free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.

Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience:
Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5
Contact: Sarah.S.Marcotte@jpl.nasa.gov 

Scientists and engineers working on NASA’s InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.

 
  NASA STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 12 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources such as Space Place, Climate Kids, NASA Wavelength, My NASA Data, The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, Space Math and Exploring Ice. Online registration is required.

Free Lecture — Walking on Mars
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: July 12-13 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Researchers at NASA’s Operations Laboratory are spearheading several ambitious projects applying virtual and augmented reality to space exploration. Join operations lab lead Victor Luo from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how engineers are using 3D designs to explore Martian terrain, prepare astronauts for spacewalks and more. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Mars Day! 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: July 20 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate “Mars Day! 2018.” This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors may talk to scientists conducting Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27
Contact: gkennedy@nastarcenter.com 

The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs during 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. Visit the website for a list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet.

 
  NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

 
NASA insignia Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Audience:
Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
Contact: max.bernstein@nasa.gov 

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

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: Aug. 1
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.

 
  Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest
Audience: College Students and Early Career Professionals
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31
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.

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.

 

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.

 
 
 
 

 


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: Your STEM Connection for June 28, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Wanted: Citizen Scientists
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Looking for ways to engage your students in real-world science? Check out NASA Citizen Science Projects where students can sign up to help with NASA research. The Citizen Science Projects website has several projects to choose from, like Cosmo Quest, a challenge for students to analyze more than 15 million images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Working from computers, students view the images and identify geological features or challenge themselves to find the exact location of the image. Who knows, your students may be able to provide information about this image recently taken by #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold. Encourage your students to explore all the opportunities and jump into NASA research! 

Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of a yearlong educator presence on the International Space Station.

International Space Station: The Physics of Microgravity
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 5, 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. Microgravity is the condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless. Explore the physics of microgravity and how it’s created and used for learning in space on the International Space Station. Also, explore how microgravity can be created and used for learning on Earth and in your classroom. Online registration required.

 
  Modern Figures: OSIRIS REx—Launch Windows
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 9, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the Modern Figures—OSIRIS-REx—Calculating Launch Windows classroom resource. Review the history of human computers like Katherine Johnson, and get an overview of future space exploration. Learn about OSIRIS-REx and its search for asteroids using modernday technology to calculate launch windows and orbits. Participants will receive hands-on activities that combine math, science, engineering and social studies. Online registration is required.

ISS L.A.B.S—Learning, Achieving, Believing and Succeeding
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: July 11, 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the “International Space Station (ISS) Learning, Achieving, Believing, and Succeeding (L.A.B.S.) Educator‘s Resource Guide.” The webinar will also review STEM activities. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 12, 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources such as Space Place, Climate Kids, NASA Wavelength, My NASA Data, The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, Space Math and Exploring Ice. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.

 
  Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Designing the Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: June 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 a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the engineering design process as it applies to NASA’s journey back to the Moon and on to Mars. This webinar will showcase NASA STEM engineering design challenges that help students understand the process of designing and launching a mission to land on the Moon and Mars. Online registration is required.

NASA Internships — Fall 2018 Session
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships. Students should complete applications as soon as possible to increase the possibility of selection. Offers will be extended throughout the month of June. The fall semester is 16 weeks long; internships begin in late August or early September, depending on the location. NASA Internships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide.

 
  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.

Free Webinar: Atomic Clock — A Technology Demonstration Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-10
Event Date: July 2, 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. Find out how NASA is using atoms to have precise accounting of time. With NASA’s “BEST Atomic Clock Activity Guide,” participants will explore the engineering design process to demonstrate the importance of calibration of clocks. Learn how to incorporate engineering challenges and the engineering design process into your science program. Register online to participate.

 
  Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27, 2018
Contact: gkennedy@nastarcenter.com 

The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs during 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. Visit the website for a list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet.

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2018
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

 
  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.

Free Lecture — Walking on Mars
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: July 12 – 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Researchers at NASA’s Operations Laboratory are spearheading several ambitious projects applying virtual and augmented reality to space exploration. Join operations lab lead Victor Luo from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how engineers are using 3D designs to explore Martian terrain, prepare astronauts for spacewalks and more. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Mars Day! 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: July 20, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate “Mars Day! 2018.” This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors may talk to scientists conducting Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

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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