NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 17, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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  NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” Live Broadcast From the International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Young Professionals
Event Date: Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: katherine.m.brown@nasa.gov 

Calling the Artemis generation! NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, and we want you to be a part of it. “NASA STEM Presents: Space & STEM—Where Do You Fit In?” will be broadcast live on NASA TV from the International Astronautical Congress on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Hear from NASA leadership and a panel of young professionals who will share what inspired them to work in STEM, the work they do and the goals they still hope to achieve. 

Get involved by hosting a watch party, following #JoinArtemis and #IAC2019 and submitting your questions for the leadership and young professional panels using #AskNASA on Twitter.

Watch Space Station Astronauts Speak With Students
Audience:
STEM Educators
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An In-flight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

There are two opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on Earth during October. 

Oct. 23, 2019: Astronaut Andrew Morgan will chat with students at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
Oct. 29, 2019: Astronaut Jessica Meir will chat with students at Eastern Aroostook Regional School Unit #39, Caribou, Maine. 

To learn how to view these events, or to watch videos of archived downlinks, visit https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

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

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

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Oct. 28: Preparing to Launch America
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights 

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

Explore Earth: NASA Earth Science Missions
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
samuel.garcia@nasa.gov  

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the various NASA missions that help scientists better understand our home planet. Explore the technology NASA uses to make global observations that help us map the connections between our planet’s vital processes. Discover lessons designed to engage and excite students in exploring real world science. Online registration is required.

 
  The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: Oct. 28
Event Date: Nov. 20
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 register today!

Explore Earth: GLOBE Hydrology
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 29 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 water and the hydrologic cycle using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. This international science and education program provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Earth: STEAM Lessons in Elementary GLOBE
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date:
Oct. 30 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. Learn about science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts in water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth-system studies. Explore classroom STEAM learning activities available from the Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. Online registration is required.

Tech to Protect Challenge
Audience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: info@techtoprotectchallenge.org 

The National Institute for Standards in Technology’s Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America’s emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!

 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.org 

Join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!

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

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

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

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

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

Computer Science Education Week is an annual event that encourages and inspires K-12 students to explore coding. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate by using an hour of their week to create computer code as part of the Hour of Code initiative.The education team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has compiled a set of NASA resources to help you celebrate with a space-themed twist. Visit the site for resources to take part, whether you’re an experienced programmer or just learning the basics. 

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

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

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

 

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Lecture—‘Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. PDT
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95 percent, are invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. Join astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how astronomers are working to map the universe’s dark matter so they can see the effects of dark energy. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth Science and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that uses creativity and artistic expression to show how you take part in Earth science. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2019 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Many Paths to Earth Science.” Submit a brief, 30- to 90-second original video that shows how people of various backgrounds participate in geoscience. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age worldwide. Entries must be submitted electronically.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere and Clouds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

NASA’s fleet of satellites, airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about clouds and contrails using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection, the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
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, 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!

 
  Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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

Free Webinar: STEM Professional Development
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring James Harrington from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Mr. Harrington is a computer scientist dedicated to creating sustained educator professional development that builds on recent findings related to teacher learning. He facilitates educator institutes designed to infuse NASA content into customized hands-on project learning based activities to support the mastering of real-life applications of physical science and technology concepts.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 11
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

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

Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Contact:
 spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms. This webinar will guide you in strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions, STEAM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges into your classroom instruction. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Safe Flight for Drones—Designing a System for Urban Air Mobility
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. EDT 

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first “A” in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered right now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in designing a safe system for low-altitude air traffic in urban areas. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members 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.

 
  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets.For more ways to get involved in NASA’s first step in the next era of exploration, visit the Artemis Student Challenges website.

2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 26, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges 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 and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

 
  Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Student Research Challenge
Audience: Students at Accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities
Next Proposal Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-USRC@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is challenging students to propose new aeronautics ideas relevant to NASA Aeronautics. The University Student Research Challenge provides grants for selected student projects and challenges students to raise a modest amount of cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to act like entrepreneurs and take action. Proposals may be submitted anytime and will be evaluated in three cycles: Oct. 30, 2019, Feb. 26, 2020, and June 24, 2020.

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

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

 
  Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@conradchallenge.org 

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

When Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.

 
  New Resources From NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft’s Hacking STEM
Audience:
Educators of Grades 5-12
Contact: jsc-education@mail.nasa.gov 

The International Space Station is a research laboratory where astronauts live and work, testing technologies for future missions to the Moon and Mars, and learning more about our home planet. Next year is the 20th anniversary of humans living off-planet aboard the space station. To celebrate, NASA’s STEM on Station and Microsoft Education have partnered to develop eight new lesson plans to introduce students to challenges astronauts face living in space. These standards-aligned lessons challenge middle school and high school students to design in 3D, analyze data, build sensors, use virtual reality and work with machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here.Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names. 

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

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

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

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

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020—Nov. 5
Summer 2020—March 8
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

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

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 10, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

Got a Question for Us? #AskNASA
Check out the new weekly series that features agency experts
answering frequently asked questions and debunk myths.

  Download and Print—“Year of STEM Engagement” Lists
Audience
: K-8 Educators 

Make this your best year of teaching so far! Plan a year of engaging activities to get your students excited about real-world science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Download these printable lists featuring a variety of ways you can incorporate NASA and its partners into your school year. Some of these opportunities take minutes, and some require more planning. 

Let this be a year of authentic learning with NASA STEM Engagement. 

K-4 Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators/k-4/a-year-of-stem.html 

5-8 Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators/5-8/a-year-of-stem.html

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

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

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere and Clouds
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date:
Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
sara.l.torres@nasa.gov 

NASA’s fleet of satellites, airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn about clouds and contrails using the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection, the scientific process, and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 11
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

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

NASA STEM Presents “Space & STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” Live Broadcast From the International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Young Professionals
Event Date: Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: katherine.m.brown@nasa.gov 

NASA’s Artemis program is launching the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, and we want you to join us. “NASA STEM Presents: Space & STEM—Where Do You Fit In?” will be broadcast live on NASA TV from the International Astronautical Congress on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Engage with NASA leadership and a panel of young professionals who will share their NASA journeys and what steps you can take to achieve your STEM career goals. 

Get involved by hosting a watch party, following #JoinArtemis and #IAC2019 and submitting your questions for the leadership and young professional panels using #AskNASA on Twitter.

 
  Explore Earth: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience:
Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date:
Oct. 24 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Contact:
 spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms. This webinar will guide you in strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions, STEAM classroom resources, lessons and design challenges into your classroom instruction. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GLOBE Webinar: Visualizing Data From the Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Feb. 11, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

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

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

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

GLOBE Webinar: Presenting Your Urban Heat Island Effect—Surface Temperature Field Campaign Research
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: April 21, 2020, at 8 p.m. EST
Contact: Kevin.Czajkowski@utoledo.edu 

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

 

 

  Explore Earth: Teaching STEAM With Images from Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
spc39@txstate.edu 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our planet and the processes that shape it. Using the “Mission Geography” STEAM resource, a NASA and Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) collaboration, we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

 
  Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Through Oct. 13, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

As they prepare for lunar surface exploration, Artemis astronauts will conduct research in lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Gateway. NASA is challenging students to imagine what life might be like on this orbiting outpost. Using Tynker, students will design and animate their ideas. Teachers can find teacher guides and NASA resources for K-5 students using Tynker Blocks and grades 6-8 students using JavaScript at the respective project pages. NASA will judge and select three winners for each programming language. Winners will have the opportunity to invite a NASA expert to speak to their class or their school via a video call. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Open to students everywhere! 

Are you new to coding or just want to learn more? Join one of the free 40-minute launch webinars at http://gotyn.kr/nasaweb.

Earth Science Week 2019: Resources and Teacher Toolkit
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 13-19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Join the American Geosciences Institute for a celebration of our home planet during Earth Science Week 2019. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone,” and emphasizes the inclusive potential and the importance of geosciences in the lives of everyone. 

Bring the celebration to your classroom with activities, contests and classroom resources available on the Earth Science Week website. 

For even more classroom resources, order an Earth Science Week Toolkit. This year’s kit includes a NASA “Geoscience Is Everywhere” poster, information about the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a Mars Insight mini-poster, a ruler on Earth observation and space, and more.

 
 NASA insignia Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Workshop Dates: Nov. 18-20
Contact: hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for an expenses-paid, three-day workshop in Tucson, Arizona, that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA will guide participants through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships and obtaining support from the home institution.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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.

 
  Federal Aviation Administration Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExpression of Interest Deadline: Oct. 16
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020
Contact: faachallenge@nianet.org 

The Federal Aviation Administration invites university teams to propose solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. Three finalist teams will compete for a $25,000 prize, and will also receive travel reimbursements up to $6,000 to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA Technical Center, and at a technical symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 2020.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

 
  2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges 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 and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth Science and Me.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that uses creativity and artistic expression to show how you take part in Earth science. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2019 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Many Paths to Earth Science.” Submit a brief, 30- to 90-second original video that shows how people of various backgrounds participate in geoscience. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age worldwide. Entries must be submitted electronically.

2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members 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.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
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, 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!

 
  Free Webinar: STEM Professional Development
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: kwoodruff@us-satellite.net 

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring James Harrington from NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Mr. Harrington is a computer scientist dedicated to creating sustained educator professional development that builds on recent findings related to teacher learning. He facilitates educator institutes designed to infuse NASA content into customized hands-on project learning based activities to support the mastering of real-life applications of physical science and technology concepts.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: Anne.Sweet@nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit and accredited educational organizations.

 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures.

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

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

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

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

 
  Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

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

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

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

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

Visit the site for resources to incorporate International Observe the Moon Night, International Day of the Girl, World Space Week, Earth Science Week and Halloween into your curriculum. 

And don’t miss the “NASA STEM Presents Space and STEM: Where Do You Fit In?” broadcast live from the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources Overview
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
d.sangam@txstate.edu 

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.

 
  Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Fantastic Forces
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact:
barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about a series of demonstrations focusing on the forces of flight. The demonstrations test different materials and shapes to determine which are most and least susceptible to lift, weight, drag and thrust. We will look back at the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research while also looking forward to the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Learn about NASA’s newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Transport (QueSST), and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight. There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Online registration is required.

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 18-20
Contact: https://www.spaceappschallenge.org/contact/ 

Now in its eighth year, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, students and teachers to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Last year, approximately 18,000 participants at 200 events in 75 countries collaborated to create solutions ranging from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information for Space Apps events in your area or join the virtual event online from anywhere in the world!

 
  NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities—Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America’s exploration, science and economic futures. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2020-21 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Community College STEM Scholarship
Audience: Virginia Community College Freshmen
Application Deadline: March 13, 2020
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.

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

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

U.S. Census Bureau—‘Statistics in Schools’ Resources
Audience: Pre-K-12 Educators
Contact: mc@lcer.org 

Looking for ways to spotlight the 2020 Census in your classroom? The U.S. Census Bureau’s new “Statistics in Schools” resources highlight the importance of counting everyone, especially children. “Statistics in Schools” brings school subjects to life using real-world Census Bureau statistics to create materials for pre-K-12 grade levels. All resources are teacher designed and easy to use. Visit the site to download activities related to mathematics, English, history, geography, sociology and more.

 

 

  Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years
Audience: Public, Educators and Students of Grades 7-College
Event Date: Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: education@lpi.usra.edu 

The Lunar and Planetary Institute presents “Lunar Dirt, Rocks and Legacy: The Lunar Receiving Laboratory’s First Five Years” by Dr. Grant Heiken, a member of the Lunar Sample Preliminary Examination Team during Apollo. Hear stories of his and his colleagues’ tasks in assisting NASA in preparing for the arrival and analysis of rocks and soil from the Moon. Attend the event in person at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, or watch the event live online. Archives of past lectures also are available online.

World Space Week 2019
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2019
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

World Space Week, as declared by the United Nations, is the world’s largest public celebration of space. The event commemorates the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957, and the signing of the Outer Space Treaty on Oct. 10, 1967, to regulate peaceful use of space by all countries. During this week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology. The 2019 theme is “The Moon: Gateway to the Stars.” Visit the World Space Week website for event locations and related educational materials.

 
  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 5
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 5, lunar enthusiasts worldwide take time to admire and celebrate our Moon. This year commemorates 10 years of International Observe the Moon Night. You can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events, and make plans to attend. If you don’t see an event near you, sign up to host your own! The website has details for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to help make your event a success.

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

 
  Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. PDT
Contact: cherrera@ngcproject.org 

The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar introducing educators to NASA’s Solar System Treks, a free resource for STEM learning. Solar System Treks allow students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan and icy moons in our solar system. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA outreach specialists, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Solar System Treks visualization tools.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: spc39@txstate.edu 

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

 
  NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition
Audience: U.S. Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: ksc-robotic-mining-competition@mail.nasa.gov 

The NASA Lunabotics Engineering Competition challenges teams to design, build and run an autonomously operated robot that will traverse a simulated off-world terrain and excavate simulated lunar regolith. This challenge includes presentations and demonstrations, public outreach and a systems engineering paper explaining the methodology the team used to design and build their robot. The onsite competition will take place May 18-22, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

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

Explore Earth: Teaching STEAM With Images from Space
Audience:
Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date:
Oct.10 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact:
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NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from space through the eyes of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space enable us to better understand our planet and the processes that shape it. Using the “Mission Geography” STEAM resource, a NASA and Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP) collaboration, we’ll investigate our home planet with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

 
  International Astronautical Congress: Public Day
Audience: Public, All Educators and STEM Groups
Registration Deadline: Oct. 11
Event Date: Oct. 25
Contact: carolyn.knowles-1@nasa.gov 

In October, the global aerospace community—engineers, scientists, educators, students, policymakers and executives—will descend on Washington, D.C., to envision what the “next giant leap” in space will be. And you can be part of the conversation! Register to attend the IAC Public Day event to participate in a live downlink with astronauts on the space station, experience hands-on citizen science experiments, see a rocket engine and more!

Lunar Gateway Coding Challenge: Tynker Moon to Mars Part II
Audience: K-12 Educators Worldwide
Contest Dates: Through Oct. 13, 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

As they prepare for lunar surface exploration, Artemis astronauts will conduct research in lunar orbit aboard the Lunar Gateway. NASA is challenging students to imagine what life might be like on this orbiting outpost. Using Tynker, students will design and animate their ideas. Teachers can find teacher guides and NASA resources for K-5 students using Tynker Blocks and grades 6-8 students using JavaScript at the respective project pages. NASA will judge and select three winners for each programming language. Winners will have the opportunity to invite a NASA expert to speak to their class or their school via a video call. There are no entry fees or costs to participate. Open to students everywhere! 

Are you new to coding or just want to learn more? Join one of the free 40-minute launch webinars at http://gotyn.kr/nasaweb.

 
  Earth Science Week 2019: Resources and Teacher Toolkit
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 13-19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Join the American Geosciences Institute for a celebration of our home planet during Earth Science Week 2019. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone,” and emphasizes the inclusive potential and the importance of geosciences in the lives of everyone. 

Bring the celebration to your classroom with activities, contests and classroom resources available on the Earth Science Week website. 

For even more classroom resources, order an Earth Science Week Toolkit. This year’s kit includes a NASA “Geoscience Is Everywhere” poster, information about the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a Mars Insight mini-poster, a ruler on Earth observation and space, and more.

Proposal Workshop—The Principal Investigator Launchpad: From Science Idea to NASA Mission
Audience: Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Application Deadline: Oct. 15
Workshop Dates: Nov. 18-20
Contact: hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov 

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? Join NASA’s Science Mission Directorate for an expenses-paid, three-day workshop in Tucson, Arizona, that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground. In partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, NASA will guide participants through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships and obtaining support from the home institution.

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  2020 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 18, at 11:59 p.m. EDTFellowship Dates: June 8 – Aug. 14, 2020
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 be US citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges 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 and persons with disabilities, as well as, early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.

Earth Science Week 2019 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2019 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Exploring Earth Science” and capture an image of someone in your community exploring Earth science. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry per person will be accepted.

 
  Celebrate Solar Week—Fall 2019
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 5-9, Informal Educators
Event Date: Oct. 21-25
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, 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!

  Federal Aviation Administration Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate StudentsExpression of Interest Deadline: Oct. 16
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Jan. 13, 2020Contact: faachallenge@nianet.org 

The Federal Aviation Administration invites university teams to propose solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of smart technology in and around the airport environment while enhancing the overall traveling experience. Three finalist teams will compete for a $25,000 prize, and will also receive travel reimbursements up to $6,000 to demonstrate their concepts at the FAA Technical Center, and at a technical symposium in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in May 2020.

  2019-20 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 18
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a 2019-20 University Student Design Challenge (USDC-4) with aeronautics- and space-themed projects. The competition is open to teams of full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors enrolled at accredited U.S. academic institutions. Multidisciplinary teams of three-six members 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.

Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1 

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here

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

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

Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.

 

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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We are going to the Moon—to stay.

NASA is sending astronauts to the Moon and then on to Mars in a measured, sustainable way.

Check out the video below, narrated by William Shatner, to learn how we’ll get there.

This is what we’re building. This is what we’re training for. We are going. #Moon2024

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  Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 Mission
Audience: Educators and Students
Mission Dates: May 18-26

This week, NASA and Peanuts are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission. NASA and Peanuts have collaborated over the past year to create standards-aligned STEM activities, a mini-documentary and other new products that share the excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with the next generation of explorers. Click the link above to learn all about the collaboration and discover how to bring the anniversary celebration into your classroom.

Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10
Audience: Educators and Students
Release Date: Now Available

In May 1969, NASA launched the Apollo 10 mission that sent a lunar module to skim within 50,000 feet of the Moon’s surface and “snoop around,” scouting a site for the upcoming Apollo 11 Moon landing. The crew named the lunar module “Snoopy,” and, naturally, the Apollo command module was labeled “Charlie Brown.”

“Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10,” is a lighthearted short film celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 10 mission and the long-standing partnership between NASA and Peanuts. The nine-minute featurette is part of Peanuts and NASA’s long-term commitment to creating new and inspiring STEM content about space exploration. The video is available to watch on the Apple TV app.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Orion Spacecraft
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 3 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 provides an overview of the Orion spacecraft and NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. Activity resources, such as activity sheets and engineering challenges, will focus on the Orion spacecraft. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Call for Proposals—Appendix H MUREP Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative
Audience: Minority-Serving Institutions
Pre-proposal Teleconference (Optional): June 3
Notice of Intent Deadline (Optional but Strongly Encouraged): July 8
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 23
Contact: MUREPARMD@nasaprs.com

NASA is seeking proposals for the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Aerospace High-Volume Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management Cooperative. Eligible proposers include U.S. Minority-Serving Institutions. Selected parties will establish student training and technical internships as well as support new entrepreneurs of aerospace-focused high manufacturing efforts that align with aerospace industry needs. Projects shall use network partnerships.

 
  Explore Moon to Mars: Why Is Mars Red?
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 4 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? In this webinar, learn how to explore red rocks on Earth to learn about the Red Planet. Discover how Infiniscope allows you to take a virtual field trip to explore the red rocks of Karijini Gorge in Australia and Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona, Arizona. Learn more about Infiniscope, a virtual space with cutting-edge space exploration experiences that inspire curiosity, excitement, engagement and confidence. Online registration is required.

Explore Moon to Mars: Engineering Design Challenges for Elementary STEM Educators
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 5 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore inquiry-based and problem-based learning strategies based on the topics of rockets and space vehicles. Prepare to bring engineering challenges and the adventures of space travel to your students in the classroom. NASA educational websites introduced will provide educators with new curriculum ideas to assist in reaching the Common Core and NGSS standards for STEM. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 6 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

Call for Feedback: Mathematics Assessment Framework
Audience: K-12, Higher Education and Informal Educators
Deadline: June 7
Contact: naepmath@wested.org

The National Assessment Governing Board is leading updates to the Mathematics and Reading Assessment Frameworks for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The frameworks guide development of assessments and define the knowledge and skills students need in each subject area. The updated draft of the Mathematics Framework is ready for public feedback. Educators are encouraged to review the draft and provide recommendations for improvement by June 7. See https://www.naepframeworkupdate.org/.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 23 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2019
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
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.

 
  Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 28 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.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquitoes, Land Cover and GO on a Trail
Audience: All Citizen Scientists
Webinar Date: May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign is ready for a new season of data collection. Join Peder Nelson, lead scientist for the GLOBE Observer Land Cover tool, to find out why collecting both mosquito data and land cover data using the GLOBE Observer app provides important data for scientific analysis. Get ready for this summer’s “GO on a Trail” citizen science campaign, launching on June 1, by participating in this informative webinar. Webinar registration is required – http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS5.

 
  Exploring Ocean Worlds: Europa Clipper Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 29 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: samuel.garcia@jpl.nasa.gov

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. In this webinar, special guest Hared Ochoa, a thermal systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will provide an overview of NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. Ochoa will share his role in the project and field questions from webinar participants. The webinar will also highlight NASA educational resources and engineering design projects related to the Europa Clipper mission. Online registration is required.

2019 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 29
Event Date: July 16
Contact: sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov

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

 
  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.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students at U.S. Universities and Colleges
Application Deadline: June 3
Contact: dhsmith@nas.edu

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

 
  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.

Apollo Anniversary Resources From NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement
Audience: All Educators and All Students
Contact: Amelia.J.Chapman@jpl.nasa.gov

Celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversary and the future of Moon exploration with these educational resources! Find lesson plans, activities and printables. Get current information about contests and where to find images and original sources. Discover Apollo anniversary and “Moon to Mars” events happening near you on the searchable Map/Calendar, or plan your own event and submit it for inclusion.

 
  FAQ, Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 13
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov

NASA is seeking proposals for the NASA Research Announcement: NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions. Eligible proposers include U.S. nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations and libraries. Selected parties will offer inquiry- or experiential-based opportunities that include NASA education and research and directly align with major NASA missions related to space exploration. Projects shall use network partnerships.

The NASA Office of STEM Engagement has posted new information for its 2019 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Announcement Number NNH19ZHA002N, on NSPIRES. This issue includes answers to questions submitted in advance or asked during the May 15 Pre-Proposal telecon.

ASTRO CAMP 2019 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center
Audience: Students in Grades 2-10
Event Dates: Weekly During June and July
Contact: maria.l.lott@nasa.gov

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

 
  U.S. Space & Rocket Center Celebrates Apollo Anniversary With Global Launch Event
Audience: Public
Event Date: July 16
Contact: kayt@spacecamp.com

On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 crew launched to begin their historic mission to the Moon. To commemorate this event, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, is asking teachers, scout leaders, families, students and rocket enthusiasts of all ages worldwide to join in a Global Rocket Launch! Visit the link for rocket ideas, then sign up and share your launch pictures on social media using #GlobalRocketLaunch.

Be a Citizen Scientist—NASA GLOBE Observer: Trees
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team has a new citizen science opportunity. A new tool in the GLOBE Observer app allows users to take tree height measurements with their smartphones. The data collected using the app will be used by scientists working on NASA missions studying Earth from orbiting satellites. This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for students in a variety of disciplines, including Earth science, environmental science, life science and mathematics.

 

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

 
 
 
 

 


Visit NASA STEM Engagement on the Web:
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: http://www.nasa.gov/stem
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NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

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

On May 18, 1969, Apollo 10 launched on a mission to orbit 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.

Informal Education Training Opportunity: Afterschool Universe
Audience: 5-8 and Informal Educators
Registration Deadline: May 19
Workshop Date: May 28-29
Contact: sara.mitchell@nasa.gov 

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. Learn more about the program at a free, two-day workshop for U.S. citizens being held at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees will receive a certificate that documents their participation.

 
  NOAA Lecture—Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Date: May 21 at 3 p.m. EDT
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.

Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 28 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.

 
  Exploring Ocean Worlds: Europa Clipper Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 29 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: samuel.garcia@jpl.nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. In this webinar, special guest Hared Ochoa, a thermal systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will provide an overview of NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. Ochoa will share his role in the project and field questions from webinar participants. The webinar will also highlight NASA educational resources and engineering design projects related to the Europa Clipper mission. Online registration is required.

Apollo 50th Anniversary Talk Series: Explore Space Tech
Audience: Public
Event Date: May 16 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

The Apollo lunar flights may have ended in 1972, but the Moon has remained of great interest to NASA and scientists worldwide. Learn how the cutting-edge technology that enabled humans to walk on the Moon during the Apollo era has forever shaped the way we live. Watch the session live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. Tweet questions for the presenter using #NASADEEP, or use the chat window next to the media player.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 16 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

Grant Opportunity: U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership Program
Audience: Local Educational Agencies (LEA), Consortiums of LEAs and Institutions of Higher Education
Application Deadline: May 20
Contact: TQPartnership@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education seeks applicants for funding grants to support high-quality teacher preparation and professional development for prospective teachers. An estimated $37 million is available, and the department anticipates making approximately 20 new awards to eligible institutions. Visit the grant website for full details on eligibility and application requirements.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 20 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

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

NASA STEM Problem-Solving: Human Space Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 21 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. Inquiry-based learning is an integral part of the development of skills for lifelong learning. It prepares students to know what to do when the options before them are unclear. Explore the implementation strategies of problem-solving inquiry while adding engaging NASA STEM resources on survival during exploration to your curriculum. Online registration is required.

 
Exploring Space Lecture From Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum—Apollo Landing Sites Revisited
Audience: Students in Grades 9-Higher Education and All Educators
Event Date: May 22 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Fifty years ago, the Apollo missions revolutionized our understanding of our solar system. The surface explorations on the Moon evolved from a small area around the Apollo 11 landing site to the broader traverses of later missions. Join NASA research space scientist Noah Petro as he shares perspectives on the Apollo landing sites and sheds new light on future explorations. 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.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 22
Event Date: July 28-Aug. 2
Contact: NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office will host its sixth National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property in Charlotte, North Carolina. This training opportunity combines experiential training tools, practices and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle and high school teachers in increasing their knowledge of making, inventing and innovation. Participants are introduced to teacher-friendly materials designed to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. The institute is open to teachers nationwide.

 
  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Notice of Intent Deadline: May 22
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 13
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for the NASA Research Announcement: NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions. Eligible proposers include U.S. nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations and libraries. Selected parties will offer inquiry- or experiential-based opportunities that include NASA education and research and directly align with major NASA missions related to space exploration. Projects shall use network partnerships.

Watch Astronauts Answer Students’ Questions During Inflight Education Downlinks
Audience: STEM Educators
Next Downlink: May 22
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An Inflight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

Tune in for the final opportunity to watch astronauts speak with students on the ground during the month of May at www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about Inflight Education Downlinks and view the schedule to tune into an upcoming downlink at: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

 
  NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 23 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2019
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
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.

 
  2019 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 29
Event Date: July 16
Contact: sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov 

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

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: June 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 June 17.

 
  Apollo Anniversary Resources From NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement
Audience: All Educators and All Students
Contact: Amelia.J.Chapman@jpl.nasa.gov 

Celebrate the Apollo 50th anniversary and the future of Moon exploration with these educational resources! Find lesson plans, activities and printables. Get current information about contests and where to find images and original sources. Discover Apollo anniversary and “Moon to Mars” events happening near you on the searchable Map/Calendar, or plan your own event and submit it for inclusion.

GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: Mosquitoes, Land Cover and GO on a Trail
Audience: All Citizen Scientists
Webinar Date: May 29 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: cassie_soeffing@strategies.org 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program’s (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign is ready for a new season of data collection. Join Peder Nelson, lead scientist for the GLOBE Observer Land Cover tool, to find out why collecting both mosquito data and land cover data using the GLOBE Observer app provides important data for scientific analysis. Get ready for this summer’s “GO on a Trail” citizen science campaign, launching on June 1, by participating in this informative webinar. Webinar registration is required – http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS5.

 
  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.

Lloyd V. Berkner Space Policy Internships
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students at U.S. Universities and Colleges
Application Deadline: June 3
Contact: dhsmith@nas.edu 

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

 

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

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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
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NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 9, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)
Audience: Informal Education Institutions
Pre-proposal Teleconference: May 15
Notice of Intent Deadline: May 22
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 13
Contact: TEAMII@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking proposals for the NASA Research Announcement: NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions. Eligible proposers include U.S. nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations and libraries. Selected parties will offer inquiry- or experiential-based opportunities that include NASA education and research and directly align with major NASA missions related to space exploration. Projects shall use network partnerships.

Grant Opportunity: U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership Program
Audience: Local Educational Agencies (LEA), Consortiums of LEAs and Institutions of Higher Education
Application Deadline: May 20
Contact: TQPartnership@ed.gov 

The U.S. Department of Education seeks applicants for funding grants to support high-quality teacher preparation and professional development for prospective teachers. An estimated $37 million is available, and the department anticipates making approximately 20 new awards to eligible institutions. Visit the grant website for full details on eligibility and application requirements.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Math in Search for Life Beyond Earth
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 20 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

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

NASA STEM Problem-Solving: Human Space Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 21 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. Inquiry-based learning is an integral part of the development of skills for lifelong learning. It prepares students to know what to do when the options before them are unclear. Explore the implementation strategies of problem-solving inquiry while adding engaging NASA STEM resources on survival during exploration to your curriculum. Online registration is required.

 
  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property
Audience: K-12 Educators
Application Deadline: May 22
Event Date: July 28-Aug. 2
Contact: NSTI_Applications@uspto.gov 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office will host its sixth National Summer Teacher Institute on Innovation, STEM and Intellectual Property in Charlotte, North Carolina. This training opportunity combines experiential training tools, practices and project-based learning models to support elementary, middle and high school teachers in increasing their knowledge of making, inventing and innovation. Participants are introduced to teacher-friendly materials designed to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. The institute is open to teachers nationwide.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 23 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Eyes in the Sky
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 9 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 eyes on the universe with NASA space telescopes that expand our view and understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. The Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the electromagnetic spectrum will be explored. NASA STEM lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated in this out of this world webinar. 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.

 
  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.

Watch Astronauts Answer Students’ Questions During Inflight Education Downlinks
Audience: STEM Educators
Next Downlink: May 10
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An Inflight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

There are three opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on the ground during the month of May at www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about Inflight Education Downlinks and view the schedule to tune into an upcoming downlink at: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

 
  Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 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. 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.

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.

 
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.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 16 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.

 
  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 May 17.

10th Annual Astronomy Festival on the National Mall
Audience: Public
Event Date: June 22, 6-11 p.m. EDT
Contact: donald.a.lubowich@hofstra.edu 

Take a free guided tour of the sky at the 10th Annual Astronomy Festival sponsored by Hofstra University. The festival will feature solar, optical and radio telescope observations of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and star clusters; hands-on demonstrations, activities and videos; a planetarium show with a portable blow-up dome; speakers from scientific and educational organizations; and a chance to meet astronomers. Join the celebration from 6-11 p.m. EDT on the National Mall, in front of the Smithsonian Castle (between 9th-10th streets).

 
  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.

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.

  Call for ProposalsNASA Fellowship Activity 2019
Audience:
First-year Master’s or Doctoral Students
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.

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.

 
‘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.

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 25, 2019

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Save the Date: NASA STEM Presents: ‘The Future of Space’
Audience: College Students and High School Seniors
Event Date: April 29 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: katherine.m.brown@nasa.gov 

NASA is calling all college students and high school seniors to participate in a live event taking place at NASA Headquarters. “The Future of Space” will be an insightful discussion with agency leadership—including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Willliam Gerstenmaier and Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Steve Clarke—about how we are going forward to the Moon … to stay. Students can get their questions answered by NASA leadership and astronauts aboard the space station. Students unable to join in person can watch the event live via NASA TV and the agency’s website. The event also will stream live on Facebook and Twitter, and questions can be sent using #askNASA. 

Excited for the event? Make plans to host a watch party! Get students and friends together and watch the discussion live on NASA TV.

Apollo 50th Anniversary Talk Series: Explore the Past
Audience: Public
Event Date: May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT
Contact: bethanne.hull@nasa.gov 

The Apollo lunar flights may have ended in 1972, but the Moon has remained of great interest to NASA and scientists worldwide. Join NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry for a look back at NASA’s Apollo Program. Watch the session live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. Tweet questions for the presenter using #NASADEEP, or use the chat window next to the media player.

 
  Mission Patch Competition
Audience: Educators of Grades 1-8
Entry Deadline: May 5 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
Contact: kmitra@tynker.com 

NASA is taking us forward to the Moon and challenging students to design a mission patch that will capture the excitement of future missions! Using Tynker, students will design and animate their own “Forward to the Moon” mission patches. Explore the history of NASA mission patches with your class, and research NASA’s Moon to Mars program. Learn coding concepts, including animating with costumes, motion and effects. NASA and Tynker will judge and select winners. Winners will get a chance for their classrooms to participate in a live video conference with a NASA expert.

Watch Astronauts Answer Students’ Questions During Inflight Education Downlinks
Audience: STEM Educators
Next Downlink: May 10
Contact: JSC-Downlinks@mail.nasa.gov 

An Inflight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. 

There are three opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on the ground during the month of May at www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Learn more about Inflight Education Downlinks and view the schedule to tune into an upcoming downlink at: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: SLS Engineering for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 2-12
Event Date: May 7 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Enjoy an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and the Space Launch System (SLS). Activity emphasis will be on the “Engineering Is Out of This World” activity resources for grades 2-4 and SLS-related engineering challenges for grades 5-12. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Teaching Project-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 8 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources related to planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-based learning standards using examples and lesson plans from NASA websites. Learn how to introduce multiple solar system resources to students to help them pose a pertinent question. Online registration is required.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: Eyes in the Sky
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 9 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 eyes on the universe with NASA space telescopes that expand our view and understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. The Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the electromagnetic spectrum will be explored. NASA STEM lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated in this out of this world webinar. Online registration is required.

2019 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 29
Event Date: July 16
Contact: sdbrown-houston@nasa.gov 

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

 
  NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Contact: education@aldoleopldnaturecenter.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!

Christa McAuliffe’s Lost Lessons: Newton’s Laws
Audience:
Grades 6-8 Educators 

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement and the Challenger Center are excited to share the final lesson in the series honoring Christa McAuliffe. In this video, astronauts Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor explore how Newton’s Laws apply in microgravity. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan to further scientific learning in their classrooms. We are proud to share these lessons with teachers, and hope they inspire students to pursue learning in STEM fields.

 
  New Teachable Moment—How Scientists Captured the First Image of a Black Hole
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact: Kimberly.M.Orr@jpl.nasa.gov 

Accomplishing what was previously thought to be impossible, a team of international astronomers has captured an image of a black hole’s silhouette. Turn this current event into a teachable moment with resources from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Learning about these mysterious structures can help students understand gravity and the dynamic nature of our universe while sharpening their mathematics skills. Visit the site for background information, videos, lesson plans and more.

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.

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.

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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  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.

 
  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.

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 May 17.

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.

 
  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.

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.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist—NASA GLOBE Observer: Trees
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team has a new citizen science opportunity. A new tool in the GLOBE Observer app allows users to take tree height measurements with their smartphones. The data collected using the app will be used by scientists working on NASA missions studying Earth from orbiting satellites. This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for students in a variety of disciplines, including Earth science, environmental science, life science and mathematics.

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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/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 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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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 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