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.

 

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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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 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.

 

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 21, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Take a Ride in Orbit With Astronaut Scott Tingle!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Do your students want to know how high the International Space Station flies? Are they fascinated by the science of satellites in orbit? Your students will love the latest episode of STEMonstrations

Astronaut Scott Tingle demonstrates the movement of objects around Earth, while guiding viewers through calculations of the space station’s velocity and orbital circumference. The coinciding lesson plan challenges students to use geometry and simple physics to explain an integral concept that keeps moons, comets, spacecraft and more moving throughout our solar system and universe. 

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

An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 25, 2018, 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. Discussion will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Online registration is required.

 
  Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Understanding Radiation
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 26, 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. Learn about NASA’s plan to go “Back to the Moon and on to Mars” and how radiation impacts planning for the trip. Participants will also learn about current research at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. Online registration is required.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Integrating Life Sciences
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: June 27, 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. As humans journey back to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustaining life support during each mission. Explore NASA STEM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey to the Moon and Mars alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  Using the Rockets Educator Guide to Teach Basic Physics
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: June 21, 2018, 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 NASA’s “Rockets” educator guide and ways to use its activities to teach basic principles of force, motion and energy. Hands-on activities showing basic physics will be discussed. The activities explored in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3. Online registration is required.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Certified Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens Teaching in the U.S.
Registration Deadline: June 22, 2018
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org 

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

 
  Space Innovation Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Join NASA and Future Engineers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for a celebration of space innovation and in-space manufacturing. Hands-on activities and exhibits from NASA Solve, NASA Education, NASA In-Space Manufacturing and more will be located in the Space Race gallery.

Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — International Space Station Downlink
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27 2018, at 10:30 a.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast that will feature a live downlink with the International Space Station. Winners of the Future Engineers “Two for the Crew” design challenge, along with other preselected students, will ask questions live to NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor as she orbits 250 miles above Earth. The downlink will take place around 10:30 a.m. EDT.

 
  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.

Explore Aeronautics Careers and Aviation History With Leveled Readers
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact: karen.l.rugg@nasa.gov 

Bring the history of American aviation to life in your classroom with a new series of leveled readers from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Available in three versions with increasing levels of text complexity, the stories highlight the accomplishments of famous and historical aviators, promote STEM careers with contemporary NASA aeronautics personnel, and acknowledge milestones in American aviation. All three versions are artfully designed and free to download with teacher guide and assessment options.

 
  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.

ASTRO CAMP® 2018 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov 

ASTRO CAMP® is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register. 

ASTRO CAMP also is collaborating with organizations across the Gulf and in Atlanta for 40+ community-based camps. For “ASTRO CAMP® In the Community” locations, click here. The Community camps process their own registrations. Please contact those camps directly.

 
  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.

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

NASA spacecraft travel to far-off destinations in space, but a new mobile app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings spacecraft to you! The new 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 new app to explore and snap pictures with 3-D rovers, space probes and more!

 

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 14, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Got a Space Question? Ask an Astronaut!
Audience:
All Educators
Event Date: June 15, 2018, at 3:15 p.m. EDT
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

#TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei are back and ready to answer your questions! Join in on “Periscope” as they talk about STEMonstrations, Year of Education on Station and all the great resources available for educators on the NASA education website. 

Tweet your questions to @NASAedu using #askNASA before the event, then log on to see if your questions will be answered. You can watch the event live at 3:15 p.m. EDT on the NASA Periscope page. 

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

Learning Innovation Summit 2018
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades K-College
Event Date: June 15, 2018
Contact: Brenden.Sanborn@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and SmartSparrow for the Learning Innovation Summit 2018 taking place at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. This daylong event will cover innovations in education and education technologies. Educators nationwide will share real, repeatable practices. The event will feature hands-on demonstrations, breakout workshops, panels and keynote speakers.

 
  NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center NASA in the Park Event
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: June 16, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT
Contact: emily.j.townsend@nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, for NASA in the Park. The free event will showcase work being done at Marshall, as well as exhibits, demonstrations, live music, food trucks, educational activities and games for all ages. This event will take place at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Mars Math
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: June 18, 2018, 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 a survey of NASA mathematics resources related to the missions to Mars. Discussion will focus on modification and integration of the activities into existing curriculum. The activities presented in this webinar address multiple standards of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  Robotics and Coding: Force and Motion STEM Lessons
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: June 19, 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. Multiple NASA STEM resources will be presented to help educators teach biomimicry, force, motion and coding. Spheros, small spherical robots, will be used to demonstrate the engineering and math required to understand flying in formation. Online registration is required.

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Teaching Light and Solar Energy Using Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: June 20, 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. Participants will be introduced to new NASA lessons on light and solar energy. Learn how to guide your students to use the engineering design process to design, build and improve a stand-alone solar powered pumping system to move water between two containers. Online registration is required.

 
  Gaining Traction on Mars: An Engineering Design Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: June 20, 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 NASA’s “Gaining Traction on Mars” resource filled with engineering design challenges relating to wheels similar to those on the Mars Curiosity rover. Discover preliminary investigations that provide background knowledge and reinforce understanding of the forces that interact to propel a vehicle across a sandbox. Online registration is required.

Using the Rockets Educator Guide to Teach Basic Physics
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: June 21, 2018, 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 NASA’s “Rockets” educator guide and ways to use its activities to teach basic principles of force, motion and energy. Hands-on activities showing basic physics will be discussed. The activities explored in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and PS3. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Innovation Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Join NASA and Future Engineers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for a celebration of space innovation and in-space manufacturing. Hands-on activities and exhibits from NASA Solve, NASA Education, NASA In-Space Manufacturing and more will be located in the Space Race gallery.

Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — International Space Station Downlink
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 27 2018, at 11 a.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast that will feature a live downlink with the International Space Station. Winners of the Future Engineers “Two for the Crew” design challenge, along with other preselected students, will ask questions live to NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel as they orbit 250 miles above Earth. The downlink will take place around 11 a.m. EDT; the exact time will be announced two weeks before the downlink.

 
  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.

Informal Learning Institutions Selected to Inspire Next Generation
Audience: Informal Educators 

Three informal education organizations have been selected through NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) solicitation. The Arizona Science Center (Phoenix, Arizona), Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Inc. (Coral Gables, Florida) and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center Inc. (Hutchinson, Kansas) will promote STEM learning to inspire the next generation of explorers. 

The selected projects provide authentic mission-driven STEM experiences, such as a new immersive STEM game inspired by an “escape room;” traveling exhibitions featuring actual Apollo Mission Control Room consoles and interactive mission simulations; and the world’s first makerspace in a botanic garden, dedicated to NASA’s food production challenges. The organizations will partner with other museums, K-12 and higher education institutions, informal education and maker networks to engage audiences nationwide.

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  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Graphics and Visualization Lab and the Virtual Reality Exploration Lab
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: June 14, 2018
Event Date: July 14, 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 July 14, check out the Graphics & Visualization (GVIS) Laboratory and the Reconfigurable User-interface & Virtual Reality Exploration (GRUVE) Laboratory to see things a different way. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Summer Institutes 2018
Audience: K-12 Educators
Registration Deadline for Virginia Institutes: June 15, 2018
Contact: mc@lcer.org 

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program lets educators and students operate a 112-foot radio telescope from the classroom. Join the GAVRT team for a two-day institute to learn about radio astronomy and science campaigns available through GAVRT. 

Multiple sessions will be offered: June 26-27 and June 28-29, 2018 — National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia; and July 23-24, 2018 — Sydney, Australia.

 
  Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 13 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 15, 2018
Start Date: Sept. 4, 2018
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 13 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 15, 2018.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Certified Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens Teaching in the U.S.
Registration Deadline: June 22, 2018
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org 

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

 
  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.

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

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using actual NASA imagery. The “CineSpace” competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long. Entries must use at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery. Entries will be judged on creativity, innovation and attention to detail. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top submissions.

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.

 
  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.

ASTRO CAMP® 2018 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov 

ASTRO CAMP® is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register. 

ASTRO CAMP also is collaborating with organizations across the Gulf and in Atlanta for 40+ community-based camps. For “ASTRO CAMP® In the Community” locations, click here. The Community camps process their own registrations. Please contact those camps directly.

 
  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 June 7, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Take a Virtual Field Trip This Summer With Google Expeditions!
Audience: All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov

Not every day can youth leaders take their students on a trip to outer space. In fact, developing the skills necessary to operate spacecraft takes years of training. But by using Google’s “Expeditions” feature, you can take students on a field trip once thought impossible: the International Space Station! This immersive virtual reality experience allows leaders to guide students through each module of the space station, while identifying points of interest along the way. Identify the Microgravity Science Glovebox while discussing the various scientific experiments it contains. Highlight the crew quarters and exercise equipment, or even soak in the beautiful view from the cupola! This activity is a perfect fit for everything from classrooms to summer camp to family adventures. Download the free Expeditions App in the app store and explore the space station among other NASA missions.

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

Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Rocketry
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 12, 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. Learn about NASA’s journey “Back to the Moon and on to Mars” and how rockets impact planning for missions. Find out about current research going on at NASA, and explore rocketry activities suitable for the classroom or after school. 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, 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.

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.

 
  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.

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 Research Proposals: NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Application Deadline: June 8, 2018
Contact: HQ-STMD-FO@nasaprs.com

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks research proposals from accredited U.S. universities for promising space technologies that will benefit future NASA space exploration missions. Selected technologies will be flight-tested on commercial suborbital launch vehicles, reduced-gravity aircraft and high-altitude balloon flights. NASA will provide funding for selected universities to purchase flight services and to cover costs related to payload design, development, preparation and travel.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Graphics and Visualization Lab and the Virtual Reality Exploration Lab
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: June 14, 2018
Event Date: July 14, 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 July 14, check out the Graphics & Visualization (GVIS) Laboratory and the Reconfigurable User-interface & Virtual Reality Exploration (GRUVE) Laboratory to see things a different way. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

 
  Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Summer Institutes 2018
Audience: K-12 Educators
Registration Deadline for Virginia Institutes: June 15, 2018
Contact: mc@lcer.org

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program lets educators and students operate a 112-foot radio telescope from the classroom. Join the GAVRT team for a two-day institute to learn about radio astronomy and science campaigns available through GAVRT.

Multiple sessions will be offered: June 26-27 and June 28-29, 2018 — National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia; and July 23-24, 2018 — Sydney, Australia.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 13 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 15, 2018
Start Date: Sept. 4, 2018
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 13 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 15, 2018.

 
  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.

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

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

 
  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.

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.

 
  ASTRO CAMP® 2018 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov

ASTRO CAMP® is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register.

ASTRO CAMP also is collaborating with organizations across the Gulf and in Atlanta for 40+ community-based camps. For “ASTRO CAMP® In the Community” locations, click here. The Community camps process their own registrations. Please contact those camps directly.

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 May 24, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

 Astronaut Scott Tingle STEMonstration: The Science of Nutrition!
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov

Astronaut Scott Tingle is a big fan of raisins. In the latest STEMonstrations episode, he talks about how they are a favorite source of carbohydrates, which help him stay active aboard the International Space Station. Nutrition is key to an active lifestyle on Earth and in space. Do your students wonder how astronauts eat in space? Do they understand the importance of a healthy diet? NASA’s food lab certainly does, and they provide the station crew with healthy meals to keep their mission going. Try this lesson plan that allows your students to build their own astronaut menu! They’ll learn about caloric content and the nutritional value of space food, and even calculate a crew member’s Basal Metabolic Rate. Show the STEMonstration video at https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations as Scott shows how microgravity can make food prep a whole new experience.Find more ways to bring NASA into your classroom during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the International Space Station.

Space Innovation Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience:
All Educators and Students
Event Date: June 5, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu

Join NASA and Future Engineers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for a celebration of space innovation and in-space manufacturing. Hands-on activities and exhibits from NASA Solve, NASA Education, NASA In-Space Manufacturing and more will be located in the Space Race gallery.

 Space Innovation Day at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
 Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast -- International Space Station Downlink  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — International Space Station Downlink
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: June 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu

Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast that will feature a live downlink with the International Space Station. Winners of the Future Engineers “Two for the Crew” design challenge, along with other preselected students, will ask questions live to NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel as they orbit 250 miles above Earth. The downlink will take place around 11 a.m. EDT; the exact time will be announced two weeks before the downlink.

 Call for Research Proposals: NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Application Deadline: June 8, 2018
Contact: HQ-STMD-FO@nasaprs.com

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks research proposals from accredited U.S. universities for promising space technologies that will benefit future NASA space exploration missions. Selected technologies will be flight-tested on commercial suborbital launch vehicles, reduced-gravity aircraft and high-altitude balloon flights. NASA will provide funding for selected universities to purchase flight services and to cover costs related to payload design, development, preparation and travel.

 Call for Research Proposals: NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program
  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.

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.

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Solar System and Beyond: Exploring New Planets
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 24, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov

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

 
  Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 13 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: May 30, 2018
Start Date: Sept. 4, 2018
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 13 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than May 30, 2018.

2018 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 30, 2018
Event Date: July 12, 2018
Contact: sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a “Girls in STEM” event for girls in grades 6 to 8 who participate in summer camps or other out-of-school-time summer groups and organizations. This daylong event includes educational activities, an engineering design challenge, a panel discussion with female scientists and engineers, and facility tours to encourage future leaders to pursue careers in STEM. Attendees must be U.S. citizens. Each group must have 10-25 students.

 
  Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students at U.S. Universities and Colleges
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018
Contact: dhsmith@nas.edu

The Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships program of the Space Studies Board gives students the opportunity to work in civil space research policy in the nation’s capital. The board is the principal advisory group providing independent scientific and programmatic advice to NASA and other government agencies on civil space research and associated ground-based activities. Interns typically undertake one or more short-term research projects to assist with or to enhance ongoing study projects.

Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Summer Institutes 2018
Audience: K-12 Educators
Registration Deadline for California Institute: June 4, 2018
Registration Deadline for Virginia Institutes: June 15, 2018
Contact: mc@lcer.org

The Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope program lets educators and students operate a 112-foot radio telescope from the classroom. Join the GAVRT team for a two-day institute to learn about radio astronomy and science campaigns available through GAVRT.Four sessions will be offered: June 12-14, 2018 — Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, California; June 26-27 and June 28-29, 2018 — National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia; and July 23-24, 2018 — Sydney, Australia.

 
  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.

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

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

 
  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.

ASTRO CAMP® 2018 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov

ASTRO CAMP® is a series of weeklong summer camps held at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. At ASTRO CAMP, learners in grades 2-10 engage in fun, hands-on educational activities related to NASA’s missions. Students learn the basics of engineering, rocketry and robotics; they end the week with tours of Stennis facilities and a model rocket launch. Camp dates are filling fast! Visit the site to get full details and register.ASTRO CAMP also is collaborating with organizations across the Gulf and in Atlanta for 40+ community-based camps. For “ASTRO CAMP® In the Community” locations, click here. The Community camps process their own registrations. Please contact those camps directly.

 
 CubeSat101 New Resource: 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.

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.

 

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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.

 
 
 
 

 


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