NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 18, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2019
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
Pre-proposal Teleconference: April 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: May 24
Contact: vandhana.lal@nasa.gov 

The 2019 NASA Fellowship Activity is seeking research or senior design projects/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.

NOAA Planet Stewards Workshop: Becoming Estuary Stewards
Audience: Middle School, High School, Pre-Service and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: April 20
Event Date: June 18-20
Contact: MarineEducation@dnr.sc.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards Project is teaming up with Teachers on the Estuary to host a professional development workshop in Charleston, South Carolina. Attendees will explore salt marsh dynamics—collecting and analyzing data with marine researchers, learn how to engage students in project-based learning using real-world examples and receive standards-based STEM lessons. Open to middle and high school teachers, continuing education credits are available.

 
  Explore Earth: JPL Earth Science Missions
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 23 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: s_g182@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is well known for its robotic development, planetary investigations and landmark deep space missions. Yet, most would be surprised to learn that the majority of JPL missions are dedicated to enhancing our understanding our own planet. Explore JPL-related Earth science missions and high-quality classroom lessons and educational resources that help promote scientific inquiry and engage students in critically examining Earth-related issues. Online registration is required.

2019 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26
Contact: scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

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

 
  2019-2020 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26
Contact: fellowships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

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

2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
Audience: Educators Enrolled in Programs for a Master’s Degree in a STEM Field at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26
Contact: scholarships@tsgc.utexas.edu 

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

 
  Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 29 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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.

Holocaust Remembrance Program
Audience: Public
Event Date: April 30
Contact: WDoernberg@doc.gov 

The Federal Interagency Holocaust Remembrance program will take place on April 30, at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. This year’s event—Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival—will include discussions with holocaust survivors Dr. Hans Fisher and Judge Thomas Buergenthal. Make plans to attend the event in person, or watch the free online livestream of the event. Visit the website for full event details.

 
  The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: May 1
Event Date: May 22
Contact: emartinez@imsa.edu 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to host the Great Water Design Challenge tasking student teams with researching innovative solutions to the growing demands on water supplies. Teams will choose from five challenge topics and will have access to research, prototyping and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. The challenge is open to teams of three to four high school students, and each team must have a faculty sponsor. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Space is limited to the first 20 teams, so reserve your spot today!

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: May 2 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Is there life beyond our planet? Using NASA STEM lessons, participants will 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.

 
  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: InSight Into Planetary Interiors
Audience: Public
Event Date: May 9 at 7:30 p.m. CDT
Contact: shaner@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “InSight into Planetary Interiors” by Dr. Bruce Banerdt of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Banerdt is the principal investigator for NASA’s InSight mission to Mars. He will discuss how our knowledge of planetary interiors has changed over the past 50 years of solar system exploration. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

STEMonstration: Spacewalk
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 
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Have you ever wondered how astronauts prepare to venture outside the space station on a spacewalk? Spacewalking, or Extravehicular Activity (EVA), requires training on the ground and strategic preparations on station to ensure the safety of astronauts before they work outside of the station. In this two-part episode, Expedition 55/56 flight engineer Ricky Arnold talks about crew safety and training in addition to the spacesuit that will protect astronauts against the harsh environment of space. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations for more educational videos in microgravity aboard the International Space Station, and the accompanying Classroom Connection lesson plans. 

STEMonstration: Space Walk—Part 1 

STEMonstration: Space Walk—Part 2 

Find more ways to bring resources from the International Space Station into your classroom by checking out NASA’s STEM on Station website.

 
  GLOBE Observer: Toolkit for Informal Educators
Audience: Informal Educators
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer, an app-based citizen science project, recently released a toolkit for informal educators at libraries, museums, parks and outdoor education centers, after-school programs and more. The GLOBE Observer app is a great way to connect your organization’s mission to real-world science. The toolkit contains activities and resources that can be integrated into programming at your institution.

Explore Earth: Exploring From Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 18 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our home planet from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand Earth and the processes that shape it. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate our home planet using space-based resources. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture—The Future Is Cloudy: NASA’s Look at Clouds and Climate
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: April 18-19 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Earth is the most-observed planet in our solar system. There is a fleet of satellites looking down at our skies. Join climate researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about the deeper understanding of our ever-changing clouds and their relationship to our climate. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—The New Moon
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: April 24 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.eduAlthough lunar exploration went on an extended post-Apollo hiatus, in the last decade, numerous spacecraft have sent revolutionary new views of the Moon’s ancient history and how its surface continues to change today. Join Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory planetary scientist Brett Denevi for an update on lunar science. 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.
  Explore Earth: Mission Geography
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s “Mission Geography” is an Earth-based curriculum that integrates STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps that investigate our Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human influenced. Utilizing the unique perspective from space, “Mission Geography” brings our Earth to life with active, exciting student learning. Register online to participate. Online registration is required.

2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 26
Contact: xhab@spacegrant.org 

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. Those selected to participate in the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2020 timeframe.

 
  Artists Inspire Astronauts Contest
Audience:
U.S. Citizens Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 30
Contact: team@challenge.gov 

The astronaut crew quarters at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are being prepped for the upcoming commercial crew launches, and your artwork could be on display! NASA is looking for inspiring artwork to hang in the hallways where future crews will stay before launch. The area is one of the last places astronauts will spend time before heading for the launch pad. Artwork on display may be visible during NASA video coverage of crew departure.

Two-Part Webinar Series—Beyond Blue: Why Ocean Color Really Matters
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Dates: April 30 and May 1
Contact: trena.m.ferrell@nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered how tiny algae help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide while fueling the marine food web? Are you interested in ideas that make a faraway topic like ocean color feel more personal? The team working on the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem satellite are hosting a pair of free webinars to answer these questions and more. Learn how data from PACE will be crucial for assessing ocean health, air quality and climate. Find out how to access formal and informal education resources, videos and information designed to make ocean color come to life.

 
  New My NASA Data Lesson: An Earth System View of Earthrise
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Contact: Elizabeth.r.joyner@nasa.gov 

My NASA Data has released a new lesson plan, “An Earth System View of Earthrise,” which introduces students to the Earthrise phenomenon first experienced by the Apollo 8 astronauts as they orbited the Moon. This standards-aligned lesson uses Earthrise as a starting point to explore Earth’s global systems and how they are changing over time. Teachers who complete the lesson and submit a digital file documenting students work are eligible to receive a free NASA Earth postcard in the mail. Visit the lesson website for full details.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: May 15
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 Jan. 1 and June 30, 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 and forms.

 
  Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 14 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: May 17
Start Date: Sept. 3
Contact: jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org 

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 14 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 April 26.

SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Registration is still open for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, this conference features stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tours of Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

 
  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the IAF Website
Submission Deadline: May 6
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.Students who have submitted abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation website (http://www.iafastro.org) are requested to submit their abstracts to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Mon., May 6 (11:59 p.m. EDT). 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 U.S. university or college no later than May 9 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 10
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 for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events are important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead teachers must register by May 10. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear.

 
Humans in Space: Youth Art Competition
Audience:
Artists Worldwide, Ages 10-18
Entry Deadline: May 15
Contact: contests@sciartex.org 

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, we’re calling on artists in the generation who will take the next giant steps into space. Artwork entries may be musical, literary, visual or video that expresses ideas and inspiration for a new generation living, working and doing science on the Moon. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries. Winning entries will be displayed through a worldwide tour, beginning with a kickoff event in the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles, California.

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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 28, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  STEMonstration: Solar Energy
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Did you know astronauts have access to electricity in low-Earth orbit through solar arrays? Solar energy is essential to keeping the International Space Station functional as it serves as a research laboratory and living quarters for astronauts in low-Earth orbit. 

In this new STEMonstrations episode, Expedition 55/56 Flight Engineer Ricky Arnold talks about the process of using solar arrays to generate power as the station orbits Earth at 17,500 miles per hour. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstrations for more educational videos filmed on the International Space Station, and their accompanying Classroom Connection lesson plans. 

Find more ways to bring resources from the International Space Station into your classroom by checking out NASA’s STEM on Station website.

Go Behind the Scenes With New “NASA Science Live” Show
Audience: Public
Contact: emily.furfaro@nasa.gov 

Join NASA experts as they explore the secrets of the universe—from remote locations on Earth to the depths of outer space—in this new monthly series. Episodes air on NASA Television and can be streamed online via the NASA website, Facebook Watch, YouTube and Ustream. Viewers can join the conversation monthly by submitting questions on social media using the hashtag #askNASA, or by leaving a comment in the chat section on Facebook. For show information and a schedule of upcoming episodes, visit https://www.nasa.gov/nasasciencelive.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 8 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

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

Explore Earth: Understanding the A-Train
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: April 9 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the Earth-observing satellites, known as the A-Train, and related education resources. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

 
  App Development Challenge
Audience:
Educators and Students in Middle and High School
Registration Deadline: April 10
Contact: JSC-M2MSTEM@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s App Development Challenge kicked off on March 13. The challenge gives middle and high school students the opportunity to develop an app that can visualize three minutes of simulated data in support of NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 flight test. This flight test is a critical step to demonstrate the Orion spacecraft’s safety as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration into deep space. Team submissions will be considered for an all-expenses-paid trip to a NASA field center. Round 1 participation concludes with video submissions on May 1.

NASA Global Climate Change Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 11 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar about climate change. Earth-orbiting satellites and other technological advances have enabled scientists to see the big picture, collecting many different types of information about Earth and its climate on a global scale. This body of data, collected over many years, reveals the signals of a changing climate. Participants will explore evidence, causes, effects and solutions. Online registration is required.

 
  The Museum of Flight in Seattle Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: Public
Exhibit Dates: Open April 13 through Sept. 2
Contact: info@museumofflight.org 

The Museum of Flight in Seattle is the only West Coast stop for a new exhibition featuring the Apollo 11 command module Columbia—the only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to return intact to Earth. The exhibit features dozens of artifacts, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, a star chart and more. The family-friendly exhibit also features an immersive launch pad entrance, iconic audio from mission control and interactives like a lunar lander video game and a virtual 3D tour of Columbia’s interior.

Two-Part Webinar Series—Beyond Blue: Why Ocean Color Really Matters
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Dates: April 30 and May 1
Contact: trena.m.ferrell@nasa.gov 

Have you ever wondered how tiny algae help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide while fueling the marine food web? Are you interested in ideas that make a faraway topic like ocean color feel more personal? The team working on the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem satellite are hosting a pair of free webinars to answer these questions and more. Learn how data from PACE will be crucial for assessing ocean health, air quality and climate. Find out how to access formal and informal education resources, videos and information designed to make ocean color come to life.

 
  Apollo Youth Art Contest
Audience:
Students in Grades Pre-K through 12
Registration Deadline: June 1
Contact: Shirley.J.Lapole@nasa.gov 

On July 20, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of humans first setting foot on the Moon. In recognition of this historic event, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is hosting an art competition to encourage students to use the elements of art to explore the role of the Apollo missions in NASA’s advancements in human space exploration. Entries will be judged in four age group categories. Winners will receive prizes, and all contest participants will receive an official NASA Certificate of Participation.

Explore Space Tech: Space Communication—Speaking in Phases
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: March 28 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore STEM lessons about space communications. Discover NASA resources related to wave science, phase modulation, binary code, rhythms, signals and noise. Participants also will explore NASA SCaN (Space Communications and Navigation) program resources for educators. Online registration is required.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—Apollo Legacy
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: March 28 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Farouk El-Baz was a guiding force in the Apollo lunar landing site selection process. With his comprehensive knowledge of the lunar surface, he advised on site selection and trained astronauts for orbital science observations. Join El-Baz as he describes his experiences as an eyewitness to the management, planning and implementation of the Apollo program. 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.

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 31
Contact: apollo50@uw.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge. Each team will build a replica of the lunar module and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the Moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample. Visit the site for full challenge details.

Earth to Sky Academy
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: March 31
Academy Dates: Oct. 21-25
Contact: https://www.earthtosky.org/about-us/contact-us.html 

The free Earth to Sky (ETS) Academy is for interpreters/informal educators interested in creating and/or strengthening regional communities of practice for improving climate science communication. Graduates will be equipped to develop and run an ETS-style climate course, and be supported in building and sustaining their regional community of practice. Applicants must apply and attend as a team of three to five members from various agencies/organizations. At least one member must have attended an ETS course or mini-course. Visit the website to learn more.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mechanical Maker Challenge—Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: March 31
Contact: mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to travel to NASA JPL (award up to $1,000 towards travel costs), meet with spacecraft engineers to discuss their design and take an engineer-led tour.

  Missile Defense Agency’s 2019 STEM Education Development Workshop
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Registration Deadline: March 31
Workshop Dates: July 7-12
Contact: STEMOutreach@mda.mil 

The U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency is hosting a weeklong workshop in Huntsville, Alabama. Participants will explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned with state standards and rooted in research-based pedagogical strategies. The workshop’s agenda includes presentations and tools for hands-on learning by Missile Defense Agency STEM professionals to relate STEM concepts to missile-defense applications as well as teacher classroom instruction.

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2019: Legacy of Apollo
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2019 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 “Legacy of Apollo.” The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

Summer Institute—LiftOff Alumni 2019: The Next Giant Leap
Audience: Previous LiftOff Institute Attendees
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: July 27-31, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

LiftOff Institute alumni are invited to a multiday workshop highlighting what’s happening in the world of space exploration. “The Next Giant Leap” workshop will take place in South Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees will take part in activities related to robotics, 3D printing and sharing cross-curricular ideas with fellow LiftOff educators. Participants will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral to meet with scientists and engineers.

2019 Fellowship 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 

The American Historical Association, supported by NASA, seeks applications for a six- to nine-month fellowship in aerospace history. The fellowship is open to applicants with a doctorate in history or a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

 
  2019 NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Recent Recipients of a Doctorate in History of Technology or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The Society for the History of Technology, supported by NASA, seeks applications for a six- to nine-month fellowship in the history of space technology. The fellowship is open to applicants with a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

2019 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Recent Recipients of a Doctorate in History of Science or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The History of Science Society, supported by NASA, seeks applications for a nine-month fellowship. Applicants must hold a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or they must be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree (except the dissertation) in history of science or a related field. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

 
U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educational Agencies, Consortiums and Nonprofit Organizations
Application Deadline: April 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: eir@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program seeks applicants for funding grants to create or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve the achievement and attainment of high-need K-12 students. $125 million is available for award, and 25 percent of these funds will be reserved for applicants serving predominantly rural students. In addition, EIR aims to award at least $60 million for STEM education projects.

Explore Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 2 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Find out how your students can learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, students worldwide request images of specific locations on Earth. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Weather in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: April 4 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our understanding and forecasting methods of weather and how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges will guide us through a storm of classroom activities. Join us, rain or shine. The activities shared in this webinar address Next Generation Science Standards 3-ESS3-1 and MS-ESS2-5,6. Online registration is required.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: April 9-12
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.

 
  2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 26
Contact: xhab@spacegrant.org 

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. Those selected to participate in the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2020 timeframe.

Call for Peer Reviewers: U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educators, School Leaders, Researchers
Contact: EIRpeerreview@ed.gov 

In support of its 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions, the U.S. Department of Education seeks individuals who can participate in review panels to help select grant award winners. Reviewers will provide written analysis and scoring of submitted grant applications, and provide constructive written feedback to applicants. Reviewers with expertise in K-12 computer science education are encouraged to apply. Applicants for this year’s competition may not apply.

Humans in Space: Youth Art Competition
Audience:
Artists Worldwide, Ages 10-18
Entry Deadline: April 30
Contact: contests@sciartex.org 

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, we’re calling on artists in the generation who will take the next giant steps into space. Artwork entries may be musical, literary, visual or video that expresses ideas and inspiration for a new generation living, working and doing science on the Moon. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries. Winning entries will be displayed through a worldwide tour, beginning with a kickoff event in the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles, California.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the IAF Website
Submission Deadline: May 6
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community. 

Students who have submitted abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation website (http://www.iafastro.org) are requested to submit their abstracts to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Mon., May 6 (11:59 p.m. EDT). 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 U.S. university or college no later than May 9 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

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

Use your smartphone to explore how Earth’s rotation affects surface gravity at different latitudes. The Earth Rotation Detector project lets you measure the acceleration of gravity at your location and share your data with NASA. Because Earth is rotating, at the equator centrifugal forces will make the local acceleration of gravity a bit weaker than at higher latitudes near the poles. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.

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 http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. 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: http://www.nasa.gov/stem
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/forstudents
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for March 21, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Christa McAuliffe’s Lost Lessons: Liquids in Microgravity
Audience:
Grades 5-8 Educators 

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, in partnership with the Challenger Center, is excited to share the third in our series of lessons honoring Christa McAuliffe. In this video, astronaut Ricky Arnold guides students and educators through an exploration of the behavior of liquids in microgravity. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan to further scientific learning in their classrooms. We look forward to sharing more lessons in this series as they are available.

Missile Defense Agency’s 2019 STEM Education Development Workshop
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Registration Deadline: March 31
Workshop Dates: July 7-12
Contact: STEMOutreach@mda.mil 

The U.S. Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency is hosting a weeklong workshop in Huntsville, Alabama. Participants will explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned with state standards and rooted in research-based pedagogical strategies. The workshop’s agenda includes presentations and tools for hands-on learning by Missile Defense Agency STEM professionals to relate STEM concepts to missile-defense applications as well as teacher classroom instruction.

 
  2019 Fellowship 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 

The American Historical Association, supported by NASA, seeks applications for a six- to nine-month fellowship in aerospace history. The fellowship is open to applicants with a doctorate in history or a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

2019 NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Technology
Audience: Recent Recipients of a Doctorate in History of Technology or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The Society for the History of Technology, supported by NASA, seeks applications for a six- to nine-month fellowship in the history of space technology. The fellowship is open to applicants with a doctorate in history of technology or in a closely related field, or to those who are enrolled in and have completed all course work for a program granting doctoral degrees in those fields. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

 
  2019 History of Science Society Fellowship in the History of Space Science
Audience: Recent Recipients of a Doctorate in History of Science or a Closely Related Field, and Doctoral Candidates in Those Fields
Application Deadline: April 1
Contact: awards@historians.org 

The History of Science Society, supported by NASA, seeks applications for a nine-month fellowship. Applicants must hold a doctorate in history of science or in a closely related field, or they must be enrolled as a student in a doctoral degree program and have completed all requirements for the degree (except the dissertation) in history of science or a related field. The fellowship carries a stipend of $21,250, which includes travel expenses.

Explore Earth: Sally Ride EarthKAM
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 2 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Find out how your students can learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, students worldwide request images of specific locations on Earth. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics, communications and art. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: Weather in Your Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: April 4 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our understanding and forecasting methods of weather and how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges will guide us through a storm of classroom activities. Join us, rain or shine. The activities shared in this webinar address Next Generation Science Standards 3-ESS3-1 and MS-ESS2-5,6. Online registration is required.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: April 9-12
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.

 
App Development Challenge
Audience:
Educators and Students in Middle and High School
Registration Deadline: April 10
Contact: JSC-M2MSTEM@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s App Development Challenge kicked off on March 13. The challenge gives middle and high school students the opportunity to develop an app that can visualize three minutes of simulated data in support of NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 flight test. This flight test is a critical step to demonstrate the Orion spacecraft’s safety as NASA leads the next steps of human exploration into deep space. Team submissions will be considered for an all-expenses-paid trip to a NASA field center. Round 1 participation concludes with video submissions on May 1.

2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 26
Contact: xhab@spacegrant.org 

The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. Those selected to participate in the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2020 timeframe.

 
  DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the IAF Website
Submission Deadline: May 6
Contact: abstract@nasaprs.com 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community. 

Students who have submitted abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation website (http://www.iafastro.org) are requested to submit their abstracts to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Mon., May 6 (11:59 p.m. EDT). 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 U.S. university or college no later than May 9 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

Explore Space Tech: Rockets 101—Forces and Motion
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

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

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—The Magnetic Tail of Mars
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: March 27 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars has a unique magnetic tail compared to other planets in our solar system. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has demonstrated how the Martian magnetotail becomes twisted by its interaction with the solar wind. Join Dr. Gina DiBraccio from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to hear what makes the Martian magnetic environment so different from other planets, and how processes in its magnetotail may contribute to atmospheric escape to space.

Explore Space Tech: Exploring the Red Planet
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 27 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: s_g182@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA’s quest to discover life outside our planet by exploring past, present and future NASA-led missions to the Red Planet. Participants will be introduced to classroom resources designed to bring space exploration to life. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Space Communication—Speaking in Phases
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: March 28 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will explore STEM lessons about space communications. Discover NASA resources related to wave science, phase modulation, binary code, rhythms, signals and noise. Participants also will explore NASA SCaN (Space Communications and Navigation) program resources for educators. Online registration is required.

Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—Apollo Legacy
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: March 28 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Farouk El-Baz was a guiding force in the Apollo lunar landing site selection process. With his comprehensive knowledge of the lunar surface, he advised on site selection and trained astronauts for orbital science observations. Join El-Baz as he describes his experiences as an eyewitness to the management, planning and implementation of the Apollo program. 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.

Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 31
Contact: apollo50@uw.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge. Each team will build a replica of the lunar module and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the Moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample. Visit the site for full challenge details.

Earth to Sky Academy
Audience: Informal Educators
Application Deadline: March 31
Academy Dates: Oct. 21-25
Contact: https://www.earthtosky.org/about-us/contact-us.html 

The free Earth to Sky (ETS) Academy is for interpreters/informal educators interested in creating and/or strengthening regional communities of practice for improving climate science communication. Graduates will be equipped to develop and run an ETS-style climate course, and be supported in building and sustaining their regional community of practice. Applicants must apply and attend as a team of three to five members from various agencies/organizations. At least one member must have attended an ETS course or mini-course. Visit the website to learn more.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mechanical Maker Challenge—Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: March 31
Contact: mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to travel to NASA JPL (award up to $1,000 towards travel costs), meet with spacecraft engineers to discuss their design and take an engineer-led tour.

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2019: Legacy of Apollo
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2019 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 “Legacy of Apollo.” The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

Summer Institute—LiftOff Alumni 2019: The Next Giant Leap
Audience: Previous LiftOff Institute Attendees
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: July 27-31, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

LiftOff Institute alumni are invited to a multiday workshop highlighting what’s happening in the world of space exploration. “The Next Giant Leap” workshop will take place in South Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees will take part in activities related to robotics, 3D printing and sharing cross-curricular ideas with fellow LiftOff educators. Participants will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral to meet with scientists and engineers.

U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educational Agencies, Consortiums and Nonprofit Organizations
Application Deadline: April 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: eir@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program seeks applicants for funding grants to create or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve the achievement and attainment of high-need K-12 students. $125 million is available for award, and 25 percent of these funds will be reserved for applicants serving predominantly rural students. In addition, EIR aims to award at least $60 million for STEM education projects.

  Artists Inspire Astronauts Contest
Audience:
U.S. Citizens Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 30
Contact: team@challenge.gov 

The astronaut crew quarters at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are being prepped for the upcoming commercial crew launches, and your artwork could be on display! NASA is looking for inspiring artwork to hang in the hallways where future crews will stay before launch. The area is one of the last places astronauts will spend time before heading for the launch pad. Artwork on display may be visible during NASA video coverage of crew departure.

2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Registration is open for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is 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 ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

 
Humans in Space: Youth Art Competition
Audience:
Artists Worldwide, Ages 10-18
Entry Deadline: April 30
Contact: contests@sciartex.org 

Fifty years after humans first set foot on the Moon, we’re calling on artists in the generation who will take the next giant steps into space. Artwork entries may be musical, literary, visual or video that expresses ideas and inspiration for a new generation living, working and doing science on the Moon. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries. Winning entries will be displayed through a worldwide tour, beginning with a kickoff event in the Vortex Dome in Los Angeles, California.

‘CineSpace’ Short Film Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: July 15, 2019
Contact: cinespace@cinemartsociety.org 

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

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

Use your smartphone to explore how Earth’s rotation affects surface gravity at different latitudes. The Earth Rotation Detector project lets you measure the acceleration of gravity at your location and share your data with NASA. Because Earth is rotating, at the equator centrifugal forces will make the local acceleration of gravity a bit weaker than at higher latitudes near the poles. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.

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

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. 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: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 28, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Explore Space Tech: Calculator Robotics
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: March 11 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the NASA resource “Calculator-Controlled Robots” and the basics of programming calculator robots. The activities explored in this webinar address the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Equations and Expressions, Functions and Geometry. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Robotics and the Engineering Design Process
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 12 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about NASA’s robotic arm aboard the International Space Station. Explore how to design and construct a robotic arm using foam cups while developing an understanding of engineering design, the roles of troubleshooting, research and development, invention, innovation and experimentation in problem-solving. Learn about programming for the classroom with robots using take-away, hands-on, standards-aligned activities. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Gateway Power for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: March 13 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. This webinar begins with an overview of the Gateway Orbital Platform. Activity emphasis will be on related resources with a focus on power generation in space. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS3. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Engineering Design 101
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 14 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the engineering design process and its application to real-world problem-solving. Also explore 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 around us. Online registration is required.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Mechanical Maker Challenge—Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: March 31
Contact: mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to travel to NASA JPL (award up to $1,000 towards travel costs), meet with spacecraft engineers to discuss their design and take an engineer-led tour.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2019 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix: MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity
Audience: Minority Universities
New Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: NASAMIRO@nasaprs.com 

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2019 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority-serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
New Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will be funded as cooperative agreements with a two-year period of performance.

Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: www.iafastro.org 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held October 21-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community. 

Students must submit abstracts to the International Astronautical Foundation website (http://www.iafastro.org/) by Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EST) and to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Fri., March 15, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EDT). 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in U.S. university or college no later than March 18 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress—Heritage Space Transportation Systems From Apollo Era
Audience: Authors and Historians With Apollo Expertise
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28
Contact: charles.e.cockrell@nasa.gov  

The 70th International Astronautics Congress will include sessions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. A special session in the Space Transportation Symposium (session D2.9-D6.2) titled, “The Apollo Program and the Rockets That Took Humanity to the Moon” will cover the development and operations of critical systems for the rockets used in the Apollo program as well as the heritage impact of the Saturn 5 on modern launch vehicle systems. NASA welcomes abstracts from authors with perspectives not only on the development of transportation systems that made the Apollo program successful, but also perspectives from today’s developers on the influence of Saturn/Apollo on other systems in operation or under development.

2019 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
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 SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 13-27, 2019. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 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 equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, 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 an exceptional teacher, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) is March 1. Primary school teachers (grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2020.

Explore Space Tech: Space Place—Science and Technology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: March 4 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’s Space Place, a website designed to inspire and enrich students’ learning of space and technology through fun online games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos. With material in English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers, NASA Space Place has something for everyone. Online registration is required.

U.S. Department of Energy Robotics Internship Program
Audience: High School Seniors, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 5 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: Robotics.Internships@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in hands-on robotics internships at federal national laboratories and private-sector organizations throughout the U.S. Participants will do research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor at a host facility. High school seniors and college students/recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience in robotics competitions is preferred.

Explore Space Tech: The Maker Movement and X-Planes
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 5 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 X-57 Maxwell Electric Plane while learning about the basics of circuitry. Learn ways to engage students with mathematics, science and engineering activities using circuits, circuitry, alternative energy and batteries. Discover ways to create, build and test simple circuits. Take away hands-on activities for students that combine math, science, engineering and technology. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Robots are a part of everyday life, but what exactly are they? How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Explore answers to these questions, and learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEM robotic missions, curriculum and online resources. 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: March 8 at 3 p.m. EST
Workshop Dates: March 11-12
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

Join 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 towards continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Library of Congress 2019 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 10, 2019
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in July – August 2019
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.

Library of Congress 2019 Summer Institutes—Science, Technology and Engineering Focus
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 10, 2019
Institute Dates: July 15-19, 2019
Contact: teachinglcsummer@loc.gov 

The Library of Congress is accepting applications for its summer institute for K-12 educators who teach science, technology or engineering—or collaborate with those who do. During the five-day institute, participants work with Library of Congress education specialists and subject-matter experts to explore effective use of primary sources—notebooks, photographs, manuscripts, drawings, maps, and more from the Library’s collections—within their classrooms. Tuition and materials are free.

2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 11, 2019
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.

 
  2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: March 11, 2019
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 2019-2020 academic year.

NEW DEADLINE: Call for Proposals: 2019 Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: March 11, 2019
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 2019-2020 academic year. Each proposal must identify a Masters or PhD student in Earth-and space-sciences as the participating future investigator. Project proposals may request up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for full details and proposal requirements.

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Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 18-22, 2019
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational 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 and games, and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2019: Legacy of Apollo
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2019 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 “Legacy of Apollo.” The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

New Education Resources—Peanuts and NASA: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Contact: http://ymiclassroom.com/feedback-peanuts/ 

In May 1969, Apollo 10 orbited the Moon as a dress rehearsal for the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Apollo 10 was also the mission that sent Charlie Brown and Snoopy into space when their names were adopted as the official call signs of the command module and lunar module. To celebrate this anniversary, NASA and the Peanuts gang have teamed up to create standards-aligned activities to help students explore space flight history and the amazing technologies NASA will use to land astronauts on Mars.

2019 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience:
Students in Grades 3-12
Mission 2 Entry Deadline: March 12, 2019
Contact: OPSPARC@PRIVO.com 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). Embark on three missions, starting with a scavenger hunt for NASA spinoffs or technologies created for NASA missions now being used for other purposes. OPSPARC challenges young innovators to find creative uses for NASA technologies and to invent their own spinoffs. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

 
Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 31
Contact: apollo50@uw.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge. Each team will build a replica of the lunar module and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the Moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample. Visit the site for full challenge details.

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

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

 

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. 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: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Feb. 21, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Earth to Sky Academy
Audience: Informal Educators
Informational Webinar: Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. EST
Application Deadline: March 31
Academy Dates: Oct. 21-25
Contact: https://www.earthtosky.org/about-us/contact-us.html 

The free Earth to Sky (ETS) Academy is for interpreters/informal educators interested in creating and/or strengthening regional communities of practice for improving climate science communication. Graduates will be equipped to develop and run an ETS-style climate course, and be supported in building and sustaining their regional community of practice. Applicants must apply and attend as a team of three to five members from various agencies/organizations. At least one member must have attended an ETS course or mini-course. Visit the website to learn more about the Academy and the informational webinar on Feb. 26.

Webinar—The GOLD Ground System: How Data Gets From the GOLD Instrument to Publicly Available Science Data Products
Audience:
Public
Event Date: Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. PDT)
Contact: tom.mason@lasp.colorado.edu 

NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission is measuring densities and temperatures in Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere. How do we go from generating and uploading commands to receiving data from the instrument and converting that data into publicly available science data products? Join GOLD science operations center manager Karen Bryant in this webinar for a look at the GOLD instrument data paths and a detailed look at the GOLD ground system.

Explore Space Tech: Space Place—Science and Technology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-10
Event Date: March 4 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’s Space Place, a website designed to inspire and enrich students’ learning of space and technology through fun online games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos. With material in English and Spanish, plus resources for parents and teachers, NASA Space Place has something for everyone. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: The Maker Movement and X-Planes
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 5 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 X-57 Maxwell Electric Plane while learning about the basics of circuitry. Learn ways to engage students with mathematics, science and engineering activities using circuits, circuitry, alternative energy and batteries. Discover ways to create, build and test simple circuits. Take away hands-on activities for students that combine math, science, engineering and technology. Online registration is required.

Explore Space Tech: Robotics on a Budget
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: March 7 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Robots are a part of everyday life, but what exactly are they? How are robots used in our lives? How are they used at NASA? Explore answers to these questions, and learn how to use robotics and engineering design inexpensively in your classroom by integrating NASA STEM robotic missions, curriculum and online resources. 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: March 8 at 3 p.m. EST
Workshop Dates: March 11-12
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

Join 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 towards continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Connect, Collaborate, Create—Join the Infiniscope Community
Audience: U.S.-based Formal and Informal Educators of All Grades
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Infiniscope Community empowers educators of all kinds to collaborate and create innovative, educational experiences that meet the needs of learners of all ages. Join the community for free access to discussion forums, events, professional development and digital content. Learn how to create your own digital learning experiences using NASA visualizations and connect with other educators. Watch this video to learn more. Join now to get started!

‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Feb. 21, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Celebrate National Engineers Week with NASA. “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day” is Thurs., Feb. 21. NASA will host 30-minute events every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. EST to highlight women in science and engineering agencywide. Watch any event on the NASA Virtual Appearances live stream. Participate in the live Q&A via Twitter using #NASAdeep or the chat window next to the video player. Contact Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov to learn more.

Explore Humans in Space: Space Food and Nutrition
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

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

U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educational Agencies, Consortiums and Nonprofit Organizations
Notice of Intent Deadline: Feb. 21
Application Deadline: April 2 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: eir@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program seeks applicants for funding grants to create or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve the achievement and attainment of high-need K-12 students. $125 million is available for award, and 25 percent of these funds will be reserved for applicants serving predominantly rural students. In addition, EIR aims to award at least $60 million for STEM education projects.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Feb. 19-25
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 Humans in Space: Microgravity
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore ways to use microgravity to teach fundamental phenomena that define our world. Participants will get an overview of microgravity and explore different domains of microgravity research like biotechnology, fluid physics and more. The resources discussed in this webinar cover Next Generation Science Standards in physical sciences and life sciences for grades 5-12. Online registration is required.

Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs. Weight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Feb. 26 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. Learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities using mass and weight. Also learn about microgravity aboard the International Space Station. Webinar activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Online registration is required.

Volunteers Needed: eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Educators, School Officials, STEM Professionals
Registration Deadline:
Feb. 27, 2019
Contact: volunteerprogram@eCYBERMISSION.com 

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9 sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Students nationwide work in teams to improve their local communities and to compete for prizes. And volunteers may join the mission from anywhere in the country. It’s the perfect opportunity to encourage students to explore the real-world applications of STEM.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
New Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will be funded as cooperative agreements with a two-year period of performance.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2019 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix: MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity
Audience: Minority Universities
New Proposal Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: NASAMIRO@nasaprs.com 

NASA’s Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2019 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority-serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education.

Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28, 2019
Contact: www.iafastro.org 

NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held October 21-25, 2019, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community. 

Students must submit abstracts to the International Astronautical Foundation website (http://www.iafastro.org/) by Thurs., Feb. 28, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EST) and to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Fri., March 15, 2019, (11:59 p.m. EDT). 

Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in U.S. university or college no later than March 18 to abstract@nasaprs.com.

Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress—Heritage Space Transportation Systems From Apollo Era
Audience: Authors and Historians With Apollo Expertise
Submission Deadline: Feb. 28
Contact: charles.e.cockrell@nasa.gov 

The 70th International Astronautics Congress will include sessions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. A special session in the Space Transportation Symposium (session D2.9-D6.2) titled, “The Apollo Program and the Rockets That Took Humanity to the Moon” will cover the development and operations of critical systems for the rockets used in the Apollo program as well as the heritage impact of the Saturn 5 on modern launch vehicle systems. NASA welcomes abstracts from authors with perspectives not only on the development of transportation systems that made the Apollo program successful, but also perspectives from today’s developers on the influence of Saturn/Apollo on other systems in operation or under development.

  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 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 equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

2019 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
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 SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 13-27, 2019. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: March 1
Contact: info@paemst.org 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST, 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 an exceptional teacher, or teachers may apply directly. The nomination deadline for secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) is March 1. Primary school teachers (grades K-6) are eligible to apply in 2020.

Celebrate Solar Week—Spring 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: March 18-22, 2019
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a series of web-based educational 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 and games, and an online interactive discussion board where your class or group can submit a question to leading solar scientists. With NASA’s Parker Solar Probe exploring the Sun like no mission before, it creates exciting times for Sun-related science!

Library of Congress 2019 Summer Institutes—Teaching With Primary Sources
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: March 10, 2019
Institute Dates: Multiple Dates in July – August 2019
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.

Call for Peer Reviewers: U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions
Audience: Educators, School Leaders, Researchers
Contact: EIRpeerreview@ed.gov 

In support of its 2019 Education Innovation and Research Competitions, the U.S. Department of Education seeks individuals who can participate in review panels to help select grant award winners. Reviewers will provide written analysis and scoring of submitted grant applications, and provide constructive written feedback to applicants. Reviewers with expertise in K-12 computer science education are encouraged to apply. Applicants for this year’s competition may not apply.

U.S. Department of Energy Robotics Internship Program
Audience: High School Seniors, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: March 5 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: Robotics.Internships@orise.orau.gov 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is accepting applications from students interested in hands-on robotics internships at federal national laboratories and private-sector organizations throughout the U.S. Participants will do research or other technical activities under the guidance of a mentor at a host facility. High school seniors and college students/recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Experience in robotics competitions is preferred.

2019 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience:
Students in Grades 3-12
Mission 3 Entry Deadline: Feb. 19, 2019
Mission 2 Entry Deadline: March 12, 2019
Contact: OPSPARC@PRIVO.com 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). Embark on three missions, starting with a scavenger hunt for NASA spinoffs or technologies created for NASA missions now being used for other purposes. OPSPARC challenges young innovators to find creative uses for NASA technologies and to invent their own spinoffs. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

 
Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: March 31
Contact: apollo50@uw.edu 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge. Each team will build a replica of the lunar module and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the Moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample. Visit the site for full challenge details.

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

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

Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. 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: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html
NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Jan. 31, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Free Lecture—World of Scientific Ballooning
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Feb. 7 – 8 at 10 p.m. EST (7 p.m. PST)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Human flight began with the balloon, and today it is the last bastion of guerrilla science. Scientific ballooning provides a well-tested, reliable, low-cost, moderate risk platform that helps prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and instruments. Join engineers Jose V. Siles, Ph.D., and Laura Jones-Wilson, Ph.D., for a look at how our oldest flight technology paves the way for the future. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

National Weather Service NCEP 2019 Summer Student Internship Program
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2019
Contact: NCEPInternships@noaa.gov 

The National Weather Service’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction is offering up to 10 paid internships targeted towards current second- and third-year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students. Internship work will relate to areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening weather-climate-water user community. Students majoring in mathematics, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering and social science are welcome to apply.

2019 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
Audience: Sophomore undergraduate students
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
Contact: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications for its 2019 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. It provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study with a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the interim summer session. A stipend and a housing allowance are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full time at an accredited college or university. Applicants must have a declared major relevant to NOAA’s mission, and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

2019 NOAA Educational Partnership Program With Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholarship
Audience: Sophomore undergraduate students attending Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
Contact: EPP.USP@noaa.gov 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications for its 2019 EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program. It provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to students majoring in STEM fields that directly support NOAA’s mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. A stipend and a housing allowance are provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens attending an MSI and must have a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Volunteers Needed: eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Educators, School Officials, STEM Professionals
Registration Deadline:
Feb. 27, 2019
Contact: volunteerprogram@eCYBERMISSION.com 

eCYBERMISSION is a web-based STEM competition for students in grades 6-9 sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Students nationwide work in teams to improve their local communities and to compete for prizes. And volunteers may join the mission from anywhere in the country. It’s the perfect opportunity to encourage students to explore the real-world applications of STEM.

2019 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship
Audience: Current High School Sophomores and Juniors
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
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 SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 13-27, 2019. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.

Summer Institute—LiftOff 2019: Legacy of Apollo
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: June 23-28, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

The 2019 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 “Legacy of Apollo.” The event will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 5-12, with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute.

Summer Institute—LiftOff Alumni 2019: The Next Giant Leap
Audience: Previous LiftOff Institute Attendees
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Institute Dates: July 27-31, 2019
Contact: baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu 

LiftOff Institute alumni are invited to a multiday workshop highlighting what’s happening in the world of space exploration. “The Next Giant Leap” workshop will take place in South Palm Beach, Florida. Attendees will take part in activities related to robotics, 3D printing and sharing cross-curricular ideas with fellow LiftOff educators. Participants will visit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral to meet with scientists and engineers.

  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s President’s Environmental Youth Award
Audience: K-12 Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019
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 wide 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.

2019 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2019
Contact: seec@spacecenter.org 

Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), taking place at Space Center Houston. SEEC is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented may be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

 
  2018-2019 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
Contact: scientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov 

The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Jupiter and Saturn. 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 Saturn’s moon Enceladus, Saturn’s moon Titan and Jupiter’s moon Europa. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

Free Program—Cubes in SpaceTM
Audience: Students Ages 11-18 and Educator Mentors
Registration Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
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 2019 or from a high-altitude scientific balloon from NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in New Mexico in late August 2019.

 
  NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program 2019
Audience: Higher Education Researchers
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019
Fellowship Dates: June 3 – Aug. 9, 2019
Contact: frank.six@nasa.gov 

The NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold fulltime teaching or research positions at an accredited university or college in the U.S. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

Save the Date: 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Save the date for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is 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 ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

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

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

2019 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience:
Students in Grades 3-12
Mission 3 Entry Deadline: Feb. 19, 2019
Mission 2 Entry Deadline: March 12, 2019
Contact: OPSPARC@PRIVO.com 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites you to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). Embark on three missions, starting with a scavenger hunt for NASA spinoffs or technologies created for NASA missions now being used for other purposes. OPSPARC challenges young innovators to find creative uses for NASA technologies and to invent their own spinoffs. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. OPTIMUS PRIME is a trademark of Hasbro and is used with permission. All Rights Reserved.

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

Use your smartphone to explore how Earth’s rotation affects surface gravity at different latitudes. The Earth Rotation Detector project lets you measure the acceleration of gravity at your location and share your data with NASA. Because Earth is rotating, at the equator centrifugal forces will make the local acceleration of gravity a bit weaker than at higher latitudes near the poles. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.

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

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

 

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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Dec. 13, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast—Magic or Math? Math in the Aerospace Industry
Audience: Educators and Students Grades 6-8
Episode Available: Starting Dec. 13
Live Web Chat: Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. EST
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

What do designing aircraft, enlarging paintings and running faster than the Wright Flyer all have in common? These things may all seem like feats of magic, but they all rely heavily on math. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to learn all about real-world applications of math and to learn a little magic along the way. Watch the episode, and then tune in for a live chat about math!

NOAA Lecture—Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Date: Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. EST
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

Join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar about topics in climate dynamics. The lecture series is designed to aid students, teachers and interested researchers worldwide to understand aspects of climate change. All webinars are recorded and made available online.

 
  Call for Judges: 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Jan. 11, 2019
Contact: kristin@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual competition that invites students worldwide to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science, technology, creativity and critical thinking to solve challenges having a global impact. 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 students teams from around the globe. Visit the website for full details and to sign up.

NASA Lucy Mission Student Collaboration: L’SPACE Academy—Level 1
Audience: Undergraduate Science and Engineering Students
Application Deadline: Jan. 12, 2019, by 11:59pm PST
Contact: lspace@asu.edu 

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids is currently accepting applications for its higher education student collaboration program—the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This project-based, interactive program consists of two 12-week sessions and is designed to engage a diverse population of college/university science and engineering students in rigorous, team-based STEM workforce development that is based on NASA missions.

 
  2019 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Jan. 21, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST
Fellowship Dates: June 3 – Aug. 9, 2019
Contact: Mark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov 

The NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must work full time at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups, persons with disabilities and early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

2019 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Feb. 7-9, 2019
Contact: seec@spacecenter.org 

Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), taking place at Space Center Houston. SEEC is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented may be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

 
  NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program 2019
Audience: Higher Education Researchers
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
Fellowship Dates: June 3 – Aug. 9, 2019
Contact: frank.six@nasa.gov 

The NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must hold fulltime teaching or research positions at an accredited university or college in the U.S. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.

Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix E
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research proposals—both experimental and numerical studies—that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix focuses on 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 $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

 
  2019 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: laspace@lsu.edu 

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

Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2019
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Postgraduates
Application Deadline: Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: doescholars@orau.org 

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

 
  Explore Real World Math With NASA STEM Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Dec. 17 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 to explore NASA Wavelength resources for high school math. Engage your students with press releases, images and graphic displays. NASA has a complete collection of books and other space math products in PDF format, which are available to download. The documents are full color, and contain additional explanatory materials about the content. Online registration is required.

2019 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix: MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity
Audience: Minority Universities
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 17
Contact: NASAMIRO@nasaprs.com 

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2019 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) appendix. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority-serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Gateway—Power for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9
Event Date: Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

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 will introduce activities and resources related to the Gateway Orbital Platform with an emphasis on power generation in space. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS3. Online registration is required.

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

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

 
  Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty Members at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 21
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions provides faculty and student research teams the opportunity to do research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at an eligible MSI at the time of application. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a team application including a research project proposal developed in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and applications from one or two qualified students.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges: Carbon Dioxide Conversion Challenge
Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Jan. 24
Contact: questions@co2conversionchallenge.org 

The NASA Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Conversion Challenge is a public competition focused on discovering ways to develop novel synthesis technologies that use CO2 as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including substrates for use in microbial bioreactors. The challenge asks individuals, teams and organizations to design and develop specialized technology that has the potential to be useful on Mars and on Earth.

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

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

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

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

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  NASA’s Langley Research Center 2019 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 invites you to take part in its 2019 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “Explore” and encourages you to illustrate your vision of the future in aeronautics, exploration and Earth science. 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.

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

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

 
  Mechanical Maker Challenge: Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
New Submission Deadline: Jan. 30, 2019
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 8, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  NOAA Lecture—Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. EST
Contact: dsp2127@columbia.edu 

Join the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a project led by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments team, for a free webinar about topics in climate dynamics. This month’s lecture will feature discussions on explaining climate and the role of clouds in climate. The lecture series is for students, teachers and interested researchers worldwide to better understand various aspects of climate change. All webinars are recorded and made available online.

NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar—The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. EST
Contact: bruce.moravchik@noaa.gov 

“The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change” is a free resource that offers an overview of the physical science of climate change while addressing the social science that makes teaching about it a different kind of challenge. Join NOAA’s Planet Stewards Education Project for a free webinar featuring Don Duggan-Haas and Dr. Ingrid Zabel from the Paleontological Research Institute. The webinar will include an overview of the guide and discussion about the teaching of climate change. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

 
  NASA GLOBE Webinar—ICESat-2 Mission
Audience: Educators and Citizen Scientists
Event Date: Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: desiree.s.heyliger@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA Goddard Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Partnership for a free webinar to learn about the ICESat-2 mission, the GLOBE Tree Height Measurement Campaign and the GLOBE Elementary Reader on Climate. While the presentations are primarily aimed at educators, information on GLOBE citizen science apps will also be presented. This one-hour presentation will be recorded and archived for those who are interested but unable to attend. Visit the website to register to attend.

Explore Moon to Mars: Ascent Abort 2 Test Engineering Challenge
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

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 to learn how to integrate resources related to the Ascent Abort 2 test, including the Mobile Application and Visualization Challenge, into the classroom. Activities shared during this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Webinar—The What, Where, How and Why of Joining the NOAA Planet Stewards 2019 Stewardship Community
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: bruce.moravchik@noaa.gov 

NOAA Planet Stewards is now accepting applications for formal and informal educators working with elementary through college-aged students to join its 2019 Stewardship Community. Join Molly Harrison, stewardship project coordinator, for a brief presentation where she will review the goals, processes and benefits of joining the community. Find out where and how to apply, and get answers to questions about the program. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

NASA’s Langley Research Center 2019 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 invites you to take part in its 2019 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “Explore” and encourages you to illustrate your vision of the future in aeronautics, exploration and Earth science. 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.

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

Use your smartphone to explore how Earth’s rotation affects surface gravity at different latitudes. The Earth Rotation Detector project lets you measure the acceleration of gravity at your location and share your data with NASA. Because Earth is rotating, at the equator centrifugal forces will make the local acceleration of gravity a bit weaker than at higher latitudes near the poles. Visit the site for a step-by-step guide on how to participate.

Livestream of National Air and Space Society Lecture Featuring Apollo Program Flight Director Eugene Kranz
Audience: Public
Event Date: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

The National Air and Space Society is hosting the 2018 Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night lecture featuring aerospace engineer, fighter pilot and Apollo program flight director Eugene Kranz. Throughout his distinguished career, Kranz played a critical role in many milestones in America’s space program, serving as flight director for Apollo 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17. Watch the lecture live online via livestream.

 
  Next Generation Animal Tracking Ideation Challenge
Audience: Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 8
Contact: lynn.buquo-1@nasa.gov 

Current animal tracking technology provides limited coverage and is costly. NASA and The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are seeking ideas for how to use emerging SmallSat/CubeSat technology along with other space, stratosphere, land and/or water systems to improve the spatial and temporal coverage, spatial accuracy and/or data packet size of animal telemetry data collection and tracking. A total prize pool of up to $30,000 is available. Up to three awards are planned with the minimum prize being no lower than $5,000.

Free Lecture—Deep Space Network
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 8-9 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far-flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation and a lot of careful planning. Join researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about NASA’s Deep Space Network and how it turns radio waves into science and engineering data. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.gov 

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

Explore Flight: Speed 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. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate aircraft noise. The speed of sound and factors affecting it are important concepts related to the physics of sound. Enjoy hands-on activities and physical demonstrations for educators to use and share within their classrooms. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: A Field Trip to The Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Embark on a “Field Trip to the Moon” with NASA EDPC. In this inquiry-based journey, your students will learn team-building and careers in science and engineering. And they will design a self-sufficient lunar station. As they work in teams to investigate ecosystem, geology, habitat, engineering, navigation and medicine, emphasis is on critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques and understanding of complex systems as they discuss solutions to essential questions. Online registration is required.

Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series—NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?
Audience: Public, Grades 7-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CST
Contact: shaner@lpi.usra.edu 

Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a free lecture to explore how our knowledge of Jupiter has changed over the past 50 years of planetary exploration. Dr. Fran Bagenal of the University of Colorado-Boulder—and member of NASA’s Juno mission team—will present “NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?” Attend the lecture in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the presentation via livestream.

 
  2019-2020 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.gov 

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.

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

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment 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. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

 
  CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2019 and 2022. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

Mechanical Maker Challenge: Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

 
  Save the Date: 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

Save the date for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is 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 ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

2019 Drop Tower Challenge: Plant Watering in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by 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 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

 
  Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 2019 Research Fellowships
Audience: Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Nonacademic Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.edu 

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum seeks applicants for several research fellowships related to aviation and space history being offered in 2019. Applications must be submitted electronically and must include three letters of reference, a summary description, a research proposal and a research budget. Applicants must also identify a member of the Smithsonian’s research staff who will act as a principal advisor. Visit the fellowships website for full details.

2019 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: laspace@lsu.edu 

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

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: http://www.nasa.gov/education
For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html
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NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Nov. 1, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  DEADLINE EXTENDED: MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Nov. 6
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

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 January 2019.

Livestream of National Air and Space Society Lecture Featuring Apollo Program Flight Director Eugene Kranz
Audience: Public
Event Date: Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

The National Air and Space Society is hosting the 2018 Vice Adm. Donald D. Engen Flight Jacket Night lecture featuring aerospace engineer, fighter pilot and Apollo program flight director Eugene Kranz. Throughout his distinguished career, Kranz played a critical role in many milestones in America’s space program, serving as flight director for Apollo 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17. Watch the lecture live online via livestream.

 
  Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Program
Audience: Virginia High School Juniors and Seniors
Application Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact: joyce.h.corriere@nasa.gov 

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

Explore Flight: Speed 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. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate aircraft noise. The speed of sound and factors affecting it are important concepts related to the physics of sound. Enjoy hands-on activities and physical demonstrations for educators to use and share within their classrooms. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: A Field Trip to The Moon
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Embark on a “Field Trip to the Moon” with NASA EDPC. In this inquiry-based journey, your students will learn team-building and careers in science and engineering. And they will design a self-sufficient lunar station. As they work in teams to investigate ecosystem, geology, habitat, engineering, navigation and medicine, emphasis is on critical thinking skills, problem-solving techniques and understanding of complex systems as they discuss solutions to essential questions. Online registration is required.

2019-2020 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship
Audience:
K-12 STEM Educators
Application Deadline: Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: sc.einstein@science.doe.gov 

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the Washington, D.C., area serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in a U.S. elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years.

 
  Department of Energy’s Scholars Program 2019
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students; Postgraduates
Application Deadline: Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact: doescholars@orau.org 

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

Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions
Audience: Faculty Members at Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Dec. 21
Contact: DHSed@orau.org 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions provides faculty and student research teams the opportunity to do research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and at an eligible MSI at the time of application. Selected faculty will be invited to submit a team application including a research project proposal developed in collaboration with a DHS Center researcher and applications from one or two qualified students.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Student Launches
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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. Activity emphasis will be on model rocketry challenges such as the Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships—Fall 2019
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 1
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Applicants must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $80,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2019 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.

 
  NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 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 equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

NASA International Space Station RFID Localization Challenge
Audience: U.S. Citizens Ages and 18 Over
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2
Contact: patrick.w.fink@nasa.gov 

NASA has an experimental Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking system aboard the International Space Station that can provide the location of tagged items. NASA is seeking to improve the efficiency of the system by challenging participants to create algorithms to estimate the location of RFID tagged items more accurately within the space station. The locations returned by participants’ algorithms will be compared to ground-truth data. A prize purse of up to $26,500 in overall cash prizes is available.

 
  Calling Teachers and Student Innovators: Register for 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 and Educators of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 2
Contact: kristin@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual competition that invites students worldwide to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science, technology, creativity and critical thinking to solve challenges having global impact in six categories. Teams of two-five students, ages 13-18, create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

NASA Internships—2019
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall of 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Internship projects will continue to be posted during the coming weeks. Selections for the upcoming spring session will be made through early November.

 
  Recycling in Space: Waste Handling in a Microgravity Environment Challenge
Audience: Individuals Ages 18 and Older
Informational Webinar: Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. EST
Submission Deadline: Jan. 16, 2019
Contact: phd@ninesigma.com 

On Earth, recycling technologies can utilize gravity to move waste when converting it to new materials or constituent molecules. In a microgravity environment, however, technology is the only way to transfer the waste for processing. The aim of this challenge is to identify receptacle and feeder mechanisms suitable for a microgravity environment that can deliver mission waste for decomposition. NASA plans to award $10,000 to the first-place winner and two $2,500 second prizes. Successful entrants may have the opportunity for future collaboration with NASA.

Explore Moon to Mars: MarsBound—Math and Science Together
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the NASA resource “MarsBound: Mission to the Red Planet.” This cross-curricular activity combines science, engineering, mathematics and group interaction as students plan for an unmanned mission to the Red Planet. The activities shared in this webinar address Common Core mathematics standards and Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Online registration is required.

 
  Human Spaceflight: Hazards of Human Spaceflight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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.

Next Generation Animal Tracking Ideation Challenge
Audience: Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 8
Contact: lynn.buquo-1@nasa.gov 

Current animal tracking technology provides limited coverage and is costly. NASA and The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are seeking ideas for how to use emerging SmallSat/CubeSat technology along with other space, stratosphere, land and/or water systems to improve the spatial and temporal coverage, spatial accuracy and/or data packet size of animal telemetry data collection and tracking. A total prize pool of up to $30,000 is available. Up to three awards are planned with the minimum prize being no lower than $5,000.

 
  Free Lecture—Deep Space Network
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 8-9 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far-flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation and a lot of careful planning. Join researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about NASA’s Deep Space Network and how it turns radio waves into science and engineering data. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

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

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment 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. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

 
  Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series—NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?
Audience: Public, Grades 7-Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CST
Contact: shaner@lpi.usra.edu 

Join the Lunar and Planetary Institute for a free lecture to explore how our knowledge of Jupiter has changed over the past 50 years of planetary exploration. Dr. Fran Bagenal of the University of Colorado-Boulder—and member of NASA’s Juno mission team—will present “NASA’s Juno Mission: What’s New at Jupiter?” Attend the lecture in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the presentation via livestream.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Jason.Crusan@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or be deployed from the International Space Station between 2019 and 2022. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations.

 
  2019 Drop Tower Challenge: Plant Watering in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by 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 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

Mechanical Maker Challenge: Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

 
  2019 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
Audience: 9-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
International Team Registration Deadline: Dec. 13
U.S. Team Registration Deadline: Jan. 17, 2019
Contact: MSFC-RoverChallenge2019@mail.nasa.gov 

Registration is now open for the 2019 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The competition will be held April 12-13, 2019, 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 school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country can be accepted.

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 25, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: Public
Exhibit Dates: Open Through Feb. 18, 2019
Contact: BMSmith@heinzhistorycenter.org 

The Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh is the third of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module Columbia—the only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to return intact to Earth. The exhibit features more than 100 artifacts, including astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, a star chart and more. The family friendly exhibit also features an immersive launchpad entrance, iconic audio from mission control and interactives like a lunar lander video game and a virtual 3D tour of Columbia’s interior.

Recycling in Space: Waste Handling in a Microgravity Environment Challenge
Audience: Individuals Ages 18 and Older
Informational Webinar: Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. EST
Submission Deadline: Jan. 16, 2019
Contact: phd@ninesigma.com 

On Earth, recycling technologies can utilize gravity to move waste when converting it to new materials or constituent molecules. In a microgravity environment, however, technology is the only way to transfer the waste for processing. The aim of this challenge is to identify receptacle and feeder mechanisms suitable for a microgravity environment that can deliver mission waste for decomposition. NASA plans to award $10,000 to the first-place winner and two $2,500 second prizes. Successful entrants may have the opportunity for future collaboration with NASA.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: MarsBound—Math and Science Together
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the NASA resource “MarsBound: Mission to the Red Planet.” This cross-curricular activity combines science, engineering, mathematics and group interaction as students plan for an unmanned mission to the Red Planet. The activities shared in this webinar address Common Core mathematics standards and Next Generation Science Standard ETS1. Online registration is required.

Human Spaceflight: Hazards of Human Spaceflight
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. EST
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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.

 
  Mechanical Maker Challenge: Mechanical Eye
Audience: U.S. Residents Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact:  mechanicalmaker@jpl.nasa.gov 

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C 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 hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum 2019 Research Fellowships
Audience: Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Nonacademic Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: NASM-Fellowships@si.edu 

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum seeks applicants for several research fellowships related to aviation and space history being offered in 2019. Applications must be submitted electronically and must include three letters of reference, a summary description, a research proposal and a research budget. Applicants must also identify a member of the Smithsonian’s research staff who will act as a principal advisor. Visit the fellowships website for full details.

 
  2019 High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: laspace@lsu.edu 

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

2019-2020 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. 28, 2019
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.

 
  2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 28, 2019
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research 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 renewable for one year.

2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 11, 2019
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.

 
  2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students (Underclassmen) at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below. Minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.
Application Deadline: March 11, 2019
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 2019-2020 academic year.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Commercial Crew 2019 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
New Entry Deadline: Oct. 25 at 11:59 p.m. CDT
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2019 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.

 
  Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2018
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22-26
Contact: solarweek@solarweek.org 

Solar Week provides a weeklong series of web-based educational classroom and out-of-school activities with a focus on the Sun-Earth connection. Students ages 10-14 can learn about solar eclipses, sunspots, solar storms, solar energy and solar careers through a series of cool facts, activities, games and questions to solar scientists. Solar Week is ideal for young teens or others wanting to know more about our Sun, the solar system, the stars or astronomy in general.

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Oct. 23-26
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.

 
  The National Science Foundation 2026 Idea Machine
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 14 and Older
Entry Deadline: Oct. 26
Contact: nsf2026IM@nsf.gov 

The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is a competition to help set the U.S. agenda for fundamental research in science and engineering. Participants can earn cash prizes and receive public recognition by suggesting the pressing research questions that need to be answered in the coming decade. The competition is an opportunity for researchers, the public and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF’s mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2018-19 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
New Registration Deadline: Oct. 29
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2018-19 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-3) with aeronautics and space themes. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate students who are juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Each university or college team must have at least one faculty advisor. Participants will have access to subject matter experts at Glenn who will serve as mentors for the teams.

 
  Call for Presenters: 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 31
Conference Dates: July 24-26, 2019
Contact: goforspace@gmail.com 

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation is hosting the second annual Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Organizers are seeking interactive, innovative STEM sessions that align with Next Generation Science Standards where possible. Presenters will receive a discounted registration rate (limited to two presenters per accepted presentation). Proposers and attendees must be U.S. citizens.

Explore Moon to Mars: Student Launches
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. 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. Activity emphasis will be on model rocketry challenges such as the Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships—Fall 2019
Audience: Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Nov. 1
Contact: hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Applicants must show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The research grants, worth up to $80,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2019 fall academic term. Selected candidates will do research at their colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 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 equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

 
  NASA International Space Station RFID Localization Challenge
Audience: U.S. Citizens Ages and 18 Over
Entry Deadline: Nov. 2
Contact: patrick.w.fink@nasa.gov 

NASA has an experimental Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking system aboard the International Space Station that can provide the location of tagged items. NASA is seeking to improve the efficiency of the system by challenging participants to create algorithms to estimate the location of RFID tagged items more accurately within the space station. The locations returned by participants’ algorithms will be compared to ground-truth data. A prize purse of up to $26,500 in overall cash prizes is available.

Calling Teachers and Student Innovators: Register for 2018-2019 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Students Ages 13-18 and Educators of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 2
Contact: kristin@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual competition that invites students worldwide to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science, technology, creativity and critical thinking to solve challenges having global impact in six categories. Teams of two-five students, ages 13-18, create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

 
  NASA Internships—2019
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall of 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Internship projects will continue to be posted during the coming weeks. Selections for the upcoming spring session will be made through early November.

Next Generation Animal Tracking Ideation Challenge
Audience: Anyone Ages 18 and Older
Submission Deadline: Nov. 8
Contact: lynn.buquo-1@nasa.gov 

Current animal tracking technology provides limited coverage and is costly. NASA and The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management are seeking ideas for how to use emerging SmallSat/CubeSat technology along with other space, stratosphere, land and/or water systems to improve the spatial and temporal coverage, spatial accuracy and/or data packet size of animal telemetry data collection and tracking. A total prize pool of up to $30,000 is available. Up to three awards are planned with the minimum prize being no lower than $5,000.

 
  Free Lecture—Deep Space Network
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 8-9 at 10 p.m. EDT (7 p.m. PDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

How does NASA capture the faint whispers of spacecraft voyaging to far-flung destinations across the solar system and beyond? The answer involves giant radio antennas, global cooperation and a lot of careful planning. Join researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a discussion about NASA’s Deep Space Network and how it turns radio waves into science and engineering data. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

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

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

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

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

2019 Drop Tower Challenge: Plant Watering in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 20
Contact: Ed-DropTower@lists.nasa.gov 

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by 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 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

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

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

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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.

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

 
 
 
 

 


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