NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 12, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Eyes in the Sky With Space-based Telescopes
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
March 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA space telescopes are our eyes on the universe, expanding our view and understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. Participants will learn about the Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the electromagnetic spectrum. NASA STEM lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated in this out-of-this-world webinar. Online registration is required.

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

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

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Modeling the Solar System With STEAM
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 26 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects of our solar system in this out-of-this-world webinar. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  Moon to Mars: We Are Going—Mission, Resources and Digital Badges Overview Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
March 16 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar presented in Spanish. NASA is expanding human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars. The new lunar exploration program that will land the first woman and the next man on the surface of the Moon is called the Artemis program. To provide training opportunities for educators on Artemis program resources, NASA has developed a digital educator badge (microcredential) that provides an in-depth exploration of NASA’s new Moon to Mars curriculum modules. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar Week provides a series of educational web activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. During the week, students will be able to take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more interaction with a chosen scientist. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save the Date: 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Are you interested in attending the third annual SPACE Conference hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation? Mark your calendar and make plans to head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for this conference for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 27, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

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

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

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

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

Leap Day is coming up! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Solar Week provides a series of educational web activities focusing on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 11-14 can learn about solar careers, sunspots, solar energy and solar storms. Explore the website to find cool facts, scavenger hunts, games and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. During the week, students will be able to take part in a 30-minute live youth-oriented webinar for even more interaction with a chosen scientist. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: March 13
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as sophomores during the 2020-21 academic year.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 13
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering $2,000 scholarships to students at schools in the Virginia Community College System. Applicants must be majoring in a STEM field, and be interested in pursuing a career that supports NASA’s mission, including careers in the aerospace sector. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Scholarships are awarded for the students’ sophomore year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 30, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage students to conduct research in STEM fields. Participants must take part in active faculty-mentored research that aligns with NASA’s mission. Applicants must be enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic year.

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research STEM Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research in STEM fields. Research should support NASA’s mission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Fellowships are awarded for the 2020-21 academic year and are renewable for one year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Each proposal must identify a student seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in Earth and space sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposers may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Save the Date: 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Are you interested in attending the third annual SPACE Conference hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation? Mark your calendar and make plans to head to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for this conference for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 16, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Ready to Take the Next Giant Leap? We Go, as Artemis.
The next frontier isn’t just for the next generation—it’s for this generation.
  Call for Abstracts: 71st International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
Submission Deadline: Feb. 27
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Informational Webinar: Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. EST
Concept Paper Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

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

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be held April 17-18, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. 

Learn how you—the #Artemis Generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

 
  2020 NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Entering Their Junior or Senior Years and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. PST
Contact: arc-slstp@mail.nasa.gov 

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides professional experience in space life science laboratory or computational projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. This challenging 10-week summer program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. Participants receive a stipend and accommodations. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are age 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher).

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. EST and Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a pair of free 60-minute webinars that begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management—2020 Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Accredited Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 21
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management is seeking applicants for 10-week summer internships at the DOE’s National Laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts. Students also will be involved in enrichment activities that may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops and lectures. A stipend or salary will be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

 
  Explore Humans in Space: Hazards of Spaceflight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then journey on to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the NASA-developed solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

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

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear

Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.

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

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

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

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

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

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 9, 2020

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Launch Into a New Year With NASA
Find out what NASA has planned for the upcoming year. Are you ready?
  You Can Plan-et—STEM Resources for January Events
Audience
: K-12 Educators 

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

Visit the site for resources to incorporate tomorrow’s Astronaut Candidate Graduation, NASA’s Day of Remembrance and the anniversary of the Explorer 1 satellite launch into your curriculum. 

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

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. EST and Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a pair of free 60-minute webinars that begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

Explore Humans in Space: Hazards of Spaceflight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Human spaceflight will enable astronauts to continue orbiting Earth, return to the Moon and then journey on to Mars, bringing together science, technology and human innovation. Explore the hazards astronauts face in the extreme environment of space travel and the NASA-developed solutions to ensure the safety and well-being of the astronauts. NASA STEM classroom lessons and online resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

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

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

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 29 at 6:00 p.m. EST
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Diversity With New Video: ‘Full Spectrum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: bmendez@ssl.berkeley.edu 

The popular image of a scientist is an older white man wearing a white lab coat holding a flask of bubbling-colored liquids. The reality in the space sciences is that about 80% of faculty are indeed white men. A new short film from the Multiverse team features space scientists who are changing the social image of who does science. Learn some of their perspectives on the challenges of diversity in the physical sciences.

 
  U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov 

Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry. 

During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

Explore Humans in Space: Space Food and Nutrition
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore space food and nutrition with NASA’s “Food for Thought” lesson guide. Investigate nutrition and guide students to construct sample space food meals based on the nutritional needs of astronauts. Explore a menu of STEM classroom activities and other resources to satisfy your students’ STEM appetite. Online registration is required.

 
  2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10
Contact: amfksc@gmail.com 

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Jan. 12
Contact: mlef@hq.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2020 program. Participants will gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10-week appointment, MLEF fellows will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. This opportunity aims to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. The MLEF Program provides a weekly stipend and participants may be eligible for housing and travel allowances.

 
  STEM on Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

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

Math Sciences Internship for Doctoral Students With National Science Foundation
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 13
Contact: NSF-MSGI@orise.orau.gov 

The National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship program is seeking applicants for a 10-week opportunity to apply advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to real-world problems. Internships take place at federal national laboratories and research facilities. Stipends and allowances will be provided. U.S. citizenship is not required. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or applied mathematics. First year doctoral students are eligible to apply.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

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

2020 NASA Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Abstract Deadline: Jan. 14
Advanced Registration Deadline: Feb. 14
Workshop Dates: April 5-7
Contact: NASA-FP@nasaprs.com 

With the successful deployment of the Cold Atom Laboratory and plans for a follow-on mission, NASA is seeking the science community’s input regarding future fundamental physics and quantum technology missions that will pioneer new discoveries and support NASA’s exploration vision. The 2020 NASA Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology Workshop will take place in Ventura, California. All interested scientists and researchers are invited to participate. Workshop participants are invited to submit abstracts for contributed talks and posters as part of their registration. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Early Career Research Experience With Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovators
Audience: Early Career Innovators
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 15
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges in Alaska. The appointment is for two years. During your first-year appointment, you will be expected to spend the first three to four months at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the balance of your time at a DOE National Laboratory. The second year is dependent on funding availability and your ability to meet program expectations. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents who have completed requirements for or received a master’s or doctorate in a STEM field.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

 
  Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15
Conference Dates: July 8-10
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience:
Full-time Public Educators of Grades K-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 15
Contact: PIAEE@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience:
K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public-interest groups and youth organizations. Winning projects have included a range of activities such as creating videos, skits and newsletters focused on environmental issues, recycling in schools and communities, restoring native habitats and planting trees. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

 
  2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

The 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will be held April 17-18, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. 

Learn how you—the #Artemis Generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

2020 NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Entering Their Junior or Senior Years and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. PST
Contact: arc-slstp@mail.nasa.gov 

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides professional experience in space life science laboratory or computational projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. This challenging 10-week summer program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. Participants receive a stipend and accommodations. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are age 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher).

 
  U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management—2020 Minority-Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students at Accredited Minority-Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Jan. 21
Contact: vivian.holloway@srnl.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Environmental Management is seeking applicants for 10-week summer internships at the DOE’s National Laboratories. Interns will complete research projects aligned with ongoing DOE efforts. Students also will be involved in enrichment activities that may include laboratory and site tours, professional development seminars, workshops and lectures. A stipend or salary will be provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

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

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

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

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2020-21 academic year. Each proposal must identify a student seeking a master’s or doctorate degree in Earth and space sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposers may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.

Now Available: 2020 Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered when the next full Moon will be? How about the first quarter Moon? Now you can have all the dates and times for all the Moon phases for the year at your fingertips by building your own Moon phases calendar and calculator! Just print, shade, cut and assemble!

 
  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Informational Webinar: Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. EST
Concept Paper Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

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

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

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge starts today, Dec. 5. The challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear

Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.

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

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 19, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Happy Holidays from the NASA EXPRESS team!
We will not be sending a newsletter on Dec. 26 or Jan. 2.
We hope you enjoy the holiday season, and we look forward to
sharing lots of NASA STEM opportunities with you in 2020!
  Now Available: 2020 Moon Phases Calendar and Calculator
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: kimberly.m.orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered when the next full Moon will be? How about the first quarter Moon? Now you can have all the dates and times for all the Moon phases for the year at your fingertips by building your own Moon phases calendar and calculator! Just print, shade, cut and assemble!

Data Analysis and Statistics Internships With National Science Foundation
Audience: Students Pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in a Data-Science-Related Field
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: SciEdPrograms@orau.org 

The National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics is seeking applicants for full- and part-time internships to collaborate on projects that use expertise from a variety of fields, including survey methodology, survey statistics, economics and other social science disciplines to design, study, implement and conduct national surveys to measure the science and engineering enterprise. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of and learn about research projects, evaluation initiatives, surveys, data collection and specialized analyses. Stipends and allowances will be provided.

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  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Informational Webinars: Jan. 7, 2020, at 1 p.m. EST and Jan. 16, 2020, at 4 p.m. EST
Concept Paper Deadline: Feb. 4, 2020
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

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

Explore Humans in Space: Pressure Suits
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the International Space Station and how NASA is celebrating the 20th anniversary of astronauts living and working on the station. Hear about classroom teachers-turned-astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold and their participation in NASA’s Year of Education on Station (YES). Discover how pressure suits are used to protect pilots and astronauts during flight and space walks. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 8 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

Explore Humans in Space: Space Food and Nutrition
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore space food and nutrition with NASA’s “Food for Thought” lesson guide. Investigate nutrition and guide students to construct sample space food meals based on the nutritional needs of astronauts. Explore a menu of STEM classroom activities and other resources to satisfy your students’ STEM appetite. Online registration is required.

 
  STEM on Station: A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

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

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

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

 
  2020 NASA Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology Workshop
Audience:
Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Abstract Deadline: Jan. 14, 2020
Advanced Registration Deadline: Feb. 14, 2020
Workshop Dates: April 5-7, 2020
Contact: NASA-FP@nasaprs.com 

With the successful deployment of the Cold Atom Laboratory and plans for a follow-on mission, NASA is seeking the science community’s input regarding future fundamental physics and quantum technology missions that will pioneer new discoveries and support NASA’s exploration vision. The 2020 NASA Fundamental Physics and Quantum Technology Workshop will take place in Ventura, California. All interested scientists and researchers are invited to participate. Workshop participants are invited to submit abstracts for contributed talks and posters as part of their registration. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

2020 NASA Space Life Sciences Training Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Entering Their Junior or Senior Years and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2020, at 5 p.m. PST
Contact: arc-slstp@mail.nasa.gov 

The Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides professional experience in space life science laboratory or computational projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. This challenging 10-week summer program is held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. The primary goal of the program is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. Participants receive a stipend and accommodations. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are age 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher).

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

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

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

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

 
  New NASA eBook: ‘Earth at Night
Audience: Educators and Students
Contact: winnie.h.humberson@nasa.gov 

Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. “Earth at Night,” NASA’s new 200-page ebook, includes more than 150 images of our planet in darkness as captured from space by Earth-observing satellites and astronauts on the International Space Station over the past 25 years. The book also explains how scientists use observations like these to study our changing planet and aid decision makers in areas such as sustainable energy use and disaster response. 

“Earth at Night” is available in multiple formats for eReaders and in PDF format.

Explore Moon to Mars: Life Sciences in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

As humans journey to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustained life support during each mission. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA STEAM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey beyond Earth alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.com 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.

Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: experts@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.

 
  NASA’s Langley Research Center 2020 Student Art Contest
Audience:
K-12 Students in the U.S.
Entry Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: larc-art-contest@mail.nasa.gov 

Calling all artists in grades K-12! NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites you to take part in its 2020 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “We Are Going” and encourages you, the Artemis generation, to illustrate your vision of NASA’s efforts to land the first woman and next man on the Moon. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus, a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.

xView2 Challenge—Automatically Assess Damaged Buildings After a Disaster
Audience:
Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: xview@diu.mil 

Quickly identifying disaster-damaged buildings can be the difference between life and death. Being able to do this remotely cuts down on risks to emergency responders. NASA Earth Applied Sciences’ Disasters Program has joined forces with the Defense Innovation Unit, part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Research and Engineering Enterprise, to challenge the computer vision community to create automated or semi-automated processes to quickly identify damaged buildings in satellite and aerial images. Top solvers will be eligible for $150,000 in cash awards and considered for follow-on prototyping work.

 
  Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation
Audience: Distinguished Scholars Worldwide
Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Contact: scholarly@loc.gov 

The NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation represents an opportunity for high-level scholarship to understand the interface between human society and the scientific exploration of the cosmos. The Blumberg Program is most interested in proposals that consider the philosophical, humanistic, legal, ethical and policy dimensions of exploration. The Chair is in residence at the Kluge Center in Washington, D.C., and is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, literature, media studies or other related fields.

Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2020
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 3, 2020
Contact: doescholars@orise.orau.org 

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

 
 NASA insignia Proposal Writing Workshop—The 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Jan. 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.gov 

The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is required.

Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

Infiniscope invites you to apply to become an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member. The advisory board tests, reviews and gives feedback on educational products developed by Infiniscope. If you are passionate about science education and the power of technology to engage learners, we want you! Board members are eligible to receive an annual stipend of up to $1,000, clock hours for professional development and training. Apply here.

 
  Grant Funding Available: Environmental Education Projects
Audience:
Education Agencies, Nonprofits, Noncommercial Education Entities
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: EEgrants@epa.gov 

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals for locally focused environmental education projects to receive funding under the 2020 Environmental Education Grant Program. A pool of $3 million in funding is available, and EPA will award three to four grants in each of the agency’s 10 regions. 

EPA is also seeking volunteers to review grant applications. If you are not applying for a 2020 grant, have no other conflict of interest and have experience in the environmental education field, you can volunteer by sending a resume to the contact email address listed above.

U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 2020, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov 

Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry. 

During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

 
  2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: amfksc@gmail.com 

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2020
Contact: mlef@hq.doe.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2020 program. Participants will gain real-world, hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10-week appointment, MLEF fellows will train under the mentorship of scientists and engineers while working on mission-focused research projects. This opportunity aims to strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals. The MLEF Program provides a weekly stipend and participants may be eligible for housing and travel allowances.

 
  Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience:
Full-time Public Educators of Grades K-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: PIAEE@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

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

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

Math Sciences Internship for Doctoral Students With National Science Foundation
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 13, 2020
Contact: NSF-MSGI@orise.orau.gov 

The National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship program is seeking applicants for a 10-week opportunity to apply advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to real-world problems. Internships take place at federal national laboratories and research facilities. Stipends and allowances will be provided. U.S. citizenship is not required. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or applied mathematics. First year doctoral students are eligible to apply.

 
  2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration for the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge opened on Oct. 10. The competition will be held April 17-18, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. 

Learn how you—the #Artemis generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience:
K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public-interest groups and youth organizations. Winning projects have included a range of activities such as creating videos, skits and newsletters focused on environmental issues, recycling in schools and communities, restoring native habitats and planting trees. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 12, 2019

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  NASA’s Langley Research Center 2020 Student Art Contest
Audience:
K-12 Students in the U.S.
Entry Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: larc-art-contest@mail.nasa.gov 

Calling all artists in grades K-12! NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites you to take part in its 2020 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “We Are Going” and encourages you, the Artemis generation, to illustrate your vision of NASA’s efforts to land the first woman and next man on the Moon. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus, a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.

xView2 Challenge—Automatically Assess Damaged Buildings After a Disaster
Audience:
Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: xview@diu.mil 

Quickly identifying disaster-damaged buildings can be the difference between life and death. Being able to do this remotely cuts down on risks to emergency responders. NASA Earth Applied Sciences’ Disasters Program has joined forces with the Defense Innovation Unit, part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Research and Engineering Enterprise, to challenge the computer vision community to create automated or semi-automated processes to quickly identify damaged buildings in satellite and aerial images. Top solvers will be eligible for $150,000 in cash awards and considered for follow-on prototyping work.

 
  Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

Infiniscope invites you to apply to become an Infiniscope Education Advisory Board member. The advisory board tests, reviews and gives feedback on educational products developed by Infiniscope. If you are passionate about science education and the power of technology to engage learners, we want you! Board members are eligible to receive an annual stipend of up to $1,000, clock hours for professional development and training. Apply here.

Grant Funding Available: Environmental Education Projects
Audience:
Education Agencies, Nonprofits, Noncommercial Education Entities
Application Deadline: Jan. 6, 2020
Contact: EEgrants@epa.gov 

The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking proposals for locally focused environmental education projects to receive funding under the 2020 Environmental Education Grant Program. A pool of $3 million in funding is available, and EPA will award three to four grants in each of the agency’s 10 regions. 

EPA is also seeking volunteers to review grant applications. If you are not applying for a 2020 grant, have no other conflict of interest and have experience in the environmental education field, you can volunteer by sending a resume to the contact email address listed above.

 
  Math Sciences Internship for Doctoral Students With National Science Foundation
Audience: Full-time Graduate Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 13, 2020
Contact: NSF-MSGI@orise.orau.gov 

The National Science Foundation’s Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship program is seeking applicants for a 10-week opportunity to apply advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to real-world problems. Internships take place at federal national laboratories and research facilities. Stipends and allowances will be provided. U.S. citizenship is not required. Applicants must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an accredited U.S. college pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or applied mathematics. First year doctoral students are eligible to apply.

U.S. Department of Energy: Early Career Research Experience With Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovators
Audience: Early Career Innovators
Application Deadline: 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges in Alaska. The appointment is for two years. During your first-year appointment, you will be expected to spend the first three to four months at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the balance of your time at a DOE National Laboratory. The second year is dependent on funding availability and your ability to meet program expectations. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents who have completed requirements for or received a master’s or doctorate in a STEM field.

 
  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience:
K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: peya@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award recognizes outstanding environmental projects by students in grades K-12. Submissions can include projects developed by individuals, school classes, summer camps, public-interest groups and youth organizations. Winning projects have included a range of activities such as creating videos, skits and newsletters focused on environmental issues, recycling in schools and communities, restoring native habitats and planting trees. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Audience:
Full-time Public Educators of Grades K-12
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: PIAEE@epa.gov 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education is accepting applications for the 2020 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning. Up to two teachers from each of EPA’s 10 regions will be selected to receive this award. Winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., in mid-2020 to be honored by the agency and present their work in a poster session.

 
  Space Is Hard: Teaching Radiation Biology With Problem-Based Learning Strategies
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Radiation biology examines the effects of radiation on living systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore ways to radiation biology with problem-based learning strategies. Participants will have access to lesson plans that provide hands-on investigations that encourage the use of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, problem-solving and inquiry skills. The activities shared will provide a general framework that can be modified based on student needs and classroom resources. Online registration is required.

2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
International Team Registration Deadline: Dec. 12
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
Contact:
MSFC-RoverChallenge@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration for the 2020 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge will open on Oct. 10. The competition will be held April 17-18, 2020, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each U.S. school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country will be accepted. 

Learn how you—the #Artemis generation—can contribute to NASA’s mission by visiting stem.nasa.gov/artemis.

 
  Host an Hour of Code on the Moon With NASA and Tynker
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Dates: Dec. 9-15
Contact: info@tynker.com 

Celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week with Tynker’s seven space-themed coding activities created in collaboration with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Inspire your students to get creative as they solve exciting coding challenges in space, design their own lunar habitat and even program a Moon rover. 

Step-by-step instructions and sample code allow students of any experience level to participate. Beginners may use Tynker Blocks, and more experienced students may use JavaScript to complete the examples. Standards-aligned lesson guides and additional NASA resources are included for teachers. All Hour of Code activities from Tynker are free.

Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative. 

The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics. 

For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.

 
  ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.edu 

In the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

  Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.Upcoming virtual tours include: 

Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: fusion@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.

 
Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continue with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

 
  eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.

Explore Moon to Mars: Life Sciences in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

As humans journey to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustained life support during each mission. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA STEAM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey beyond Earth alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.com 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.

Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: experts@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.

 
  U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 2020, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov 

Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry. 

During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: amfksc@gmail.com 

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 
  Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

Proposal Writing Workshop—The 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Jan. 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.gov 

The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is required.

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  NASA WEAR Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
Contact: JSC-EPD@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge starts today, Dec. 5. The challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear

Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.

Student Flight Opportunity—Cubes in Space
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 7, 2020
Contact: info@cubesinspace.com 

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

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 5, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

Happy December! Bring this month’s NASA and STEM events into your classroom with resources, activities and more!Visit the site for resources to incorporate Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, the Geminids Meteor Shower, the anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ first flight, Winter Solstice and December holidays into your curriculum. 

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

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquito Assassins, a SWAT Analysis
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

Teachers worldwide are integrating the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito tool into their ongoing curricula and into afterschool activities. Join the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to hear from Anita Schiller, Director of the Biological Control Initiative, Harris County, Precinct 4, Texas, as she shares how they are using native mosquito predators, aka mosquito assassins, in pest management. Liz Burck will share “Mosquito Tellers,” an inquiry learning and mosquito biology resource. Register online. http://bit.ly/MosquitoSWAT

 
  Host an Hour of Code on the Moon With NASA and Tynker
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Dates: Dec. 9-15
Contact: info@tynker.com 

Celebrate Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week with Tynker’s seven space-themed coding activities created in collaboration with NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Inspire your students to get creative as they solve exciting coding challenges in space, design their own lunar habitat and even program a Moon rover. 

Step-by-step instructions and sample code allow students of any experience level to participate. Beginners may use Tynker Blocks, and more experienced students may use JavaScript to complete the examples. Standards-aligned lesson guides and additional NASA resources are included for teachers. All Hour of Code activities from Tynker are free.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sound Effects
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound, and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Join us in learning about NASA’s newest X-Plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST). Online registration is required.

 
Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Dates:
Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. EST and Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a pair of free 60-minute webinars that begin with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continue with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

Explore Moon to Mars: Robotic Exploration of the Red Planet
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov 

The goal of the Mars Exploration Program is to explore Mars and provide a continuous flow of scientific information and discovery through a carefully selected series of robotic orbiters, landers and mobile laboratories interconnected by a high-bandwidth Mars/Earth communications network. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA’s missions to Mars, with a focus on the Mars 2020 mission. Discover educational resources designed to engage K-12 students. Online registration is required.

 
  Space Is Hard: Teaching Radiation Biology With Problem-Based Learning Strategies
Audience:
Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date:
Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:
susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Radiation biology examines the effects of radiation on living systems. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore ways to radiation biology with problem-based learning strategies. Participants will have access to lesson plans that provide hands-on investigations that encourage the use of science, mathematics, engineering, technology, problem-solving and inquiry skills. The activities shared will provide a general framework that can be modified based on student needs and classroom resources. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview—Presented in Spanish
Audience:
Spanish-speaking Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
m_u52@txstate.edu 

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

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

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

Explore Moon to Mars: Life Sciences in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

As humans journey to the Moon and on to Mars, there are many factors to consider for sustained life support during each mission. Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore NASA STEAM life science classroom lessons, online resources and teaching strategies that bring the journey beyond Earth alive in the classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation
Audience: Distinguished Scholars Worldwide
Application Deadline: Jan. 1, 2020
Contact: scholarly@loc.gov 

The NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Exploration and Scientific Innovation represents an opportunity for high-level scholarship to understand the interface between human society and the scientific exploration of the cosmos. The Blumberg Program is most interested in proposals that consider the philosophical, humanistic, legal, ethical and policy dimensions of exploration. The Chair is in residence at the Kluge Center in Washington, D.C., and is open to scholars and leading thinkers in the fields of philosophy, history, religion, astrobiology, astronomy, planetary science, the history of science, paleontology, Earth and atmospheric sciences, geological sciences, ethics, literature, media studies or other related fields.

U.S. Department of Education’s 7th Annual Ed Games Expo
Audience: Public
School Visit Dates: Jan. 6-10, 2020
Expo Date:
Jan. 9, 2020, 5-8 p.m. EST
Office Hours: Jan. 10, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon EST
Contact: Edward.Metz@ed.gov 

Join the U.S. Department of Education for its annual public showcase and celebration of educational learning games and innovative learning technologies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Attendees can explore more than 150 learning games and technologies while meeting face-to-face with the developers. The expo is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP online to gain entry. 

During the week of the expo, teams of education technology developers will be available to visit schools in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, contact Susan.Falconer@ed.gov

On Jan. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon EST, more than 50 representatives from government agencies and national education organizations will be available for office hours to meet and network with developers and researchers. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to RSVP.

 
  Call for Presentation Proposals for 2020 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Conference Dates: July 8-10, 2020
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the third annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive and innovative STEM sessions that will provide attendees with ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse multifaceted, space-related curriculum into their classrooms. If possible, these lessons and activities should align with Next Generation Science Standards. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

NASA WEAR Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020
Contact: JSC-EPD@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge starts today, Dec. 5. The challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures with multipurpose use for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events during Artemis missions is important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead educators must register to participate in the challenge by Jan. 24, 2020. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear

Visit nasa.gov/stem/nextgenstem for more Next Gen STEM educational resources and opportunities.

 
  2020 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Currently in Their Junior Year
Application Deadline: Jan. 29, 2020
Contact: nasasarp@baeri.org 

The NASA Student Airborne Research Program is an eight-week summer internship for rising senior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign on one or more of the NASA Airborne Science Program’s flying science laboratories. Participants will help operate aircraft instruments to sample atmospheric gases and/or to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and travel/living expenses are covered.

2019-20 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 20, 2020
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

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

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Careers in Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the many NASA STEM careers needed to successfully accomplish the unique, exciting missions that explore and build a better understanding of our Earth, Moon, Mars and the universe beyond. NASA science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) career education lessons and resources will be integrated. Online registration is required.

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. EST
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “No Bugs, No Cheese: Sample Studies Since Apollo” by Dr. Juliane Gross, deputy curator of Apollo samples at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Gross will discuss what analysis of both Apollo samples and lunar meteorites has taught us about the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

 
 NASA insignia Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.gov 

The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.

Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist. 

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Doctoral Thesis Research Opportunity in Marine Energy, Hydrokinetic
Audience: Full-time Doctoral Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 9
Contact: DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications from students interested in advancing their doctoral thesis using the expertise, resources and capabilities available at DOE laboratories and facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing and testing emerging technologies in marine and hydrokinetics. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Celebrate Computer Science Week and Hour of Code
Audience: K-12 Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 9-15
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative. 

The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics. 

For even more NASA resources related to computer science, visit the NASA Computer Science Educational Resources site.

 
  ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.edu 

In the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

  Register Today: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Contact: arc-encounter@mail.nasa.govThe NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives. 

Afternoon classes are available. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.

Space Robotics Challenge: Phase 2
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: info@spaceroboticschallenge.com 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston, has opened registration for phase two of the Space Robotics Challenge, a $1 million prize competition designed to advance the autonomous capabilities of lunar surface robots. The goal of phase two is to develop software that enables a team of virtual robots to operate fully autonomously for a specified length of time in a virtual lunar environment.

 
  Call for Online Judges: 2019-20 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Dec. 20
Contact: experts@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact. The competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication, resulting in students developing skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations. Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from student teams worldwide (all online!) Visit the website for full details and to register.

U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: fusion@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

 
  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix F
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix features five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.

eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.com 

Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 7, 2019

 NCSES logo Opportunity in Statistics Research With National Science Foundation
Audience: U.S. Citizens Who Have Received or Expect to Complete All Requirements for a Master’s or Doctoral Degree
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Contact: SciEdPrograms@orau.org

The National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics is seeking applicants for a one-year opportunity to conduct statistics research, analysis and data visualization. Participants will be part of a data collection program searching for and analyzing key trends and patterns, and visualizing analyses in novel and informative ways. Stipends and allowances will be provided. For full details and application information, visit https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NSF-NCSES-2019-0001.

Webinar: Girls STEAM Ahead With NASA
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 14 at Noon PST
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.org

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar to explore free NASA resources along with accompanying exemplary practices. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA’s Universe of Learning team, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the best ways to support your program efforts using the “Girls STEAM Ahead” with NASA materials. Visit the website for complete webinar details and registration information.

 Girls STEAM Ahead
Searching for Shadows Searching for Shadows: Hunting and Exploring Exoplanets
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-12
Event Date: Nov.18 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: Samuel.garcia@nasa.gov

Since the first exoplanet was discovered two decades ago, some 4,000 planets have been confirmed to orbit other stars—from Jupiter-like planets to rocky, Earth-sized worlds. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to trace the history of exoplanets, learn about NASA missions dedicated to discovering new worlds and explore educational resources designed to inspire future planet hunters. Online registration is required.

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

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
steve.culivan@txstate.edu

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

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.13 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov

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

 
Planet Stewards Join the NOAA Planet Stewards 2020 Stewardship Community
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-Higher Education
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: Bruce.Moravchik@noaa.gov

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards Education Project is accepting applications for its 2020 Stewardships Community. This network supports the development and implementation of hands-on, action-based projects. Participants receive one-on-one guidance on designing, implementing and evaluating an environmental stewardship project, and writing for a federal funding opportunity. Those who successfully complete the program’s requirements are eligible to apply for $2,500 in funding support.

Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
Contact: CyberAwards@ed.gov

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

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Citizen Science Project: Silent Earth Citizen Science Project: Silent Earth
Audience: Educators and Students
Contact: sten.f.odenwald@nasa.gov

Use your smartphone to help scientists map the quietest places in the world. The Silent Earth Project lets you measure sound levels at your location and enter your data on a world map to share with others. Discover the quietest outdoor places in your town, rural location or favorite vacation spot. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.

 

Explore Solar System and Beyond With STEAM and Models
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

 
Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Nov. 5-8
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

Explore Solar System: Teaching Project-Based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EST
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 that can be used for planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-Based learning standards using examples from NASA websites and lesson plans. Participants will be introduced to multiple solar system resources that will help students develop purposeful questions. Online registration is required.

202 Drop Tower 2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov

Future long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

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

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.

 
 Globe: Urban Heat GLOBE Webinar: Looking at Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu

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

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.13 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov

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

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu

Is there life beyond Earth? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that will feature NASA STEAM lessons that can be used to explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research-developed definition of “life.” Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.

Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov

NASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

 
Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.org

The National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!

Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program

Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

 
2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.org

The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

2020 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: Dec. 15
Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
Contact: info@paesmem.net

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring Program honors individuals and organizations that have contributed outstanding efforts in mentoring, and have enhanced the participation of individuals (including persons with disabilities) who might not otherwise have considered or had access to opportunities in STEM disciplines and professions. Anyone may nominate exceptional individuals and organizations, or mentors may apply directly. Award recipients receive a certificate signed by the president, a paid trip to Washington, D.C., and a $10,000 award.

  On-Demand Webinars: Institute of Education Sciences Research Funding Opportunities
Audience: Education Researchers and Institutions Interested in Funding Opportunities
Contact: contact.ies@ed.gov

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is hosting a series of on-demand webinars for those interested in fiscal year 2020 research funding opportunities. Topics include choosing the funding opportunity that best reflects your research, writing an IES research grant, applying for grants and more. The webinars are presented by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER). Available resources include presentations, transcripts and closed-caption video recordings.

 

 

NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge—Phase Two
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens
Registration Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: questions@co2conversionchallenge.org

Phase Two of the NASA Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion Challenge invites members of the public, academia and industry to build a system demonstrating the conversion of CO2 with hydrogen—without the use of plants—to produce simple sugar molecules known as D-sugars. A $750,000 prize purse is available for this phase of the challenge. Participation in phase one is not required to participate in phase two. Visit the website for registration information and challenge details.

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

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

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Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Space travel is hard and unforgiving,
but we have never been more ready to meet the unknown.

NASA’s Artemis program will push the boundaries of human exploration and send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, preparing for missions to Mars and beyond.

  New Teachable Moment—NASA’s Eyes on Extreme Weather
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact: Ota.l.lutz@jpl.nasa.govExtreme weather can range from superpowerful hurricanes to extended dry, hot weather. NASA uses airborne and space-based platforms to monitor these events and how our changing climate is contributing to them. Explore ways you can use NASA weather data in the classroom to help students better understand extreme weather. This Teachable Moment from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides background information, resources and standards-aligned lessons to get students analyzing local weather patterns, understanding wildfire monitoring and modeling global climate. Visit the site for videos, lesson plans and more.
NASA Virtual Career Fair
Audience: Students in Grades 11-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 6, 3 – 4 p.m. EST
Contact: kimberly.m.brush@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Engagement team for a live webcast showcasing new and exciting internship and career opportunities available at NASA. Find out how you can make a giant leap into NASA’s Artemis efforts to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. Launch your career with NASA!
 
  Explore Solar System: Teaching Project-Based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources that can be used for planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-Based learning standards using examples from NASA websites and lesson plans. Participants will be introduced to multiple solar system resources that will help students develop purposeful questions. Online registration is required.
Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.eduAs NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address national standards in science and mathematics Online registration is required.
 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov.13 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.
Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduIs there life beyond Earth? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that will feature NASA STEAM lessons that can be used to explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research-developed definition of “life.” Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.
 
  2019-20 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadlines:
Mission Universe: Dec. 1
Mission Solar System: Dec. 1
Mission Sun: March 1, 2020
Mission Earth: March 1, 2020
Contact: OPSPARC@privo.comNASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites students to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). This year’s challenge features four new missions that demonstrate how NASA spinoffs are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS. OPSPARC encourages students to channel their inner entrepreneur and solve the world’s problems by creating their own spinoff concepts. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS, OPTIMUS PRIME and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE are trademarks of Hasbro and used with permission (c) 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

2020 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Fellowship Program
Audience: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.eduThe Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. A variety of fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers are available. Applicants should state how they intend to use the museum’s collections and facilities. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.
 
 NASA insignia Proposal Writing Workshop—American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. – Noon PST
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.
ROADS on Mars Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: nwessp@uw.eduIn the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!
 
  U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy Sciences
Audience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: fusion@orau.orgThe U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE’s fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Proposal Writing Workshop—The 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Jan. 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Contact: christina.r.richey@jpl.nasa.govThe success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is required.
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  2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Audience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: amfksc@gmail.comThe Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

Request for Information: National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health—Enhancing Gender Equity Prize
Audience: Higher Education Institutions
Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: ORWHprize@od.nih.govThough parity is being reached between men and women at the graduate level in the biomedical sciences and in medical schools, women remain underrepresented at the faculty level in science and medicine, particularly in mid to senior levels. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health is seeking feedback on a proposed prize competition that aims to recognize institutions that have demonstrated commitment to systemically addressing faculty diversity and equity issues within the biomedical and behavioral science departments.
 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.

Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here.

Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names.

Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students!

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
Contact: npphelp@usra.eduThe NASA Postdoctoral Program offers early career and senior scientists one- to three-year work assignments with NASA scientists and engineers. Opportunities relate to missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology and science management. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.
 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.orgThe Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.
Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.orgThe National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!
 
  Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.govStart your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: anne.sweet-1@nasa.govNASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit and accredited educational organizations.
 
  Commercial Crew 2020 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: info@sciartexchange.orgNASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2020 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.
CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: anne.sweet-1@nasa.govWhen Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. 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. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.
 
  Free Webinar: Aligning Robotics Curriculum to Education Standards
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.netJoin the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Dr. Bambi Brewer, Director of Engineering at Birdbrain Technologies. Dr. Brewer helps teachers align robotics projects to existing curriculum standards. She helps teachers document and share their successful classroom projects, and create fun new ways to use robotics in the classroom.
Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Nov. 5-8
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contactSally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows your students to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.
 
  Explore Solar System: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.govJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the solar system and activities that incorporate art into the STEM classroom. “Art and the Cosmic Connection” offers a terrific bridge between Earth and space science, as well as a wonderful dive into the potential of science to inspire art, and art to empower science! Online registration is required.
NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.govBeing an astronaut isn’t the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA’s mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you’ll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let’s change the future together.
 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.govNASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures.

This call for graduate student-developed space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative research and improve America’s technological competitiveness by providing a pipeline of cutting-edge space technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon:Design Challenge
Audience: College Students and Faculty at U.S. Higher Education Institutions
Application Deadline: Nov. 5
Contact: Solar.Decathlon@ee.doe.govThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon comprises 10 contests that challenge student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, collegiate teams prepare creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. Qualifying teams present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors during Design Challenge Weekend in April 2020 in Golden, Colorado.
 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 12
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.
NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Electrified Aircraft—Tackling the Challenges of Alternative Propulsion
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. EDTGet to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making alternatively fueled aircraft a viable option. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.
 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.orgJoin the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!
Explore Solar System and Beyond With STEAM and Models
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact:
spc39@txstate.eduJoin the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.
 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—Fall Cloud Challenge: What’s Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.govNASA is requesting your help to determine “What’s Up in Your Sky?” The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE’s data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.
Register Today: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Contact: arc-encounter@mail.nasa.govThe NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives.

Afternoon classes are available. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.

 
  Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.comARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.
2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.govFuture long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.
 
  eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20
Registration Deadline:
Dec. 18
Contact: missioncontrol@eCYBERMISSION.comRegistration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that problem. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and for team advisors to assist with project completion.
2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019
Contact: rascal@nianet.orgThe 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2020 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
 

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

 
 
 
 

 


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