|You Can Plan-et—STEM Resources for December Events
Audience: K-12 Educators
Happy December! Bring this month’s NASA and STEM events into your classroom with resources, activities and more!Visit the site for resources to incorporate Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, the Geminids Meteor Shower, the anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Winter Solstice and December holidays into your curriculum.
Want to plan ahead even further? Visit the site for You Can Plan-et calendars and resources for January and February, too.
|GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquito Assassins, a SWAT Analysis
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. EST
Teachers worldwide are integrating the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool into their ongoing curricula and into afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Anita Schiller, Director of the Biological Control Initiative, Harris County, Precinct 4, Texas, as she shares how they are using native mosquito predators, aka mosquito assassins, in pest management. Liz Burck will share “Mosquito Tellers,” an inquiry learning and mosquito biology resource. Register online. http://bit.ly/MosquitoSWAT
|Host an Hour of Code on the Moon With NASA and Tynker
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Dates: Dec. 9-15
Celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week with Tynker’s seven space-themed coding activities created in collaboration with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Inspire your students to get creative as they solve exciting coding challenges in space, design their own lunar habitat and even program a Moon rover.
|Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound, and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.
|Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Dates: Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. EST and Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. EST
As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a pair of free 60-minute webinars that begin with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continue with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.
|Explore Moon to Mars: Robotic Exploration of the Red Planet
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
The goal of the Mars Exploration Program is to explore Mars and provide a continuous flow of scientific information and discovery through a carefully selected series of robotic orbiters, landers and mobile laboratories interconnected by a high-bandwidth Mars/Earth communications network. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA’s missions to Mars, with a focus on the Mars 2020 mission. Discover educational resources designed to engage K-12 students. Online registration is required.
|Space Is Hard: Teaching Radiation Biology With Problem-Based Learning Strategies
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. EST
Radiation biology examines the effects of radiation on living systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore ways to radiation biology with problem-based learning strategies. Participants will have access to lesson plans that provide hands-on investigations that encourage the use of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, problem-solving and inquiry skills. The activities shared will provide a general framework that can be modified based on student needs and classroom resources. Online registration is required.
|Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience: Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.
|NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. EST
Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.
|Explore Moon to Mars: Life Sciences in Space
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
As humans journey to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustained life support during each mission. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA STEAM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey beyond Earth alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.
|Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation
Audience: Distinguished Scholars Worldwide
Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
The NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation represents an opportunity for high-level scholarship to understand the interface between human society and the scientific exploration of the cosmos. The Blumberg Program is most interested in proposals that consider the philosophical, humanistic, legal, ethical and policy dimensions of exploration. The Chair is in residence at the Kluge Center in Washington, D.C., and is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, literature, media studies or other related fields.
|U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Expo Date: Jan. 9, 2020, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry.
During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov.
On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.
|Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-10, 2020
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.
|NASA WEAR Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge starts today, Dec. 5. The challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear.
Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.
|2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2020
The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.
|2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20, 2020
The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year’s topics are Uranus’ moon, Mimas, Neptune’s moon, Triton, and Pluto’s moon, Charon. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.
|Explore Moon to Mars: Careers in Space
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. EST
Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the many NASA STEM careers needed to successfully accomplish the unique, exciting missions that explore and build a better understanding of our Earth, Moon, Mars and the universe beyond. NASA science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career education lessons and resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.
|Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST
The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo” by Dr. Juliane Gross, deputy curator of Apollo samples at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gross will discuss what analysis of both Apollo samples and lunar meteorites has taught us about the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.
|Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.
|Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.
Upcoming virtual tours include:
Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
|U.S. Department of Energy: Doctoral Thesis Research Opportunity in Marine Energy, Hydrokinetic
Audience: Full-time Doctoral Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications from students interested in advancing their doctoral thesis using the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories and facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
|Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative.
The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics.
For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.
|ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
In the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!
|2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.
|Register Today: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives.
Afternoon classes are available. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.
|Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.
|Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.
|U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
|Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline: Dec. 18
Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.
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