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

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to learn how to integrate resources related to the Ascent Abort 2 test, including the Mobile Application and Visualization Challenge, into the classroom. Activities shared during this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

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

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

NASA’s Langley Research Center 2019 Student Art Contest
Audience:
K-12 Students in the U.S.
Entry Deadline: Dec. 31
Contact: larc-art-contest@mail.nasa.gov 

Calling all artists in grades K-12! NASA’s Langley Research Center invites you to take part in its 2019 Student Art Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is “Explore” and encourages you to illustrate your vision of the future in aeronautics, exploration and Earth science. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Explore Flight: Speed of Sound
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate aircraft noise. The speed of sound and factors affecting it are important concepts related to the physics of sound. Enjoy hands-on activities and physical demonstrations for educators to use and share within their classrooms. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

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

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

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

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

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

Save the date for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This conference is for K-12 formal and informal educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

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

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in January 2019.

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

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

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

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

Explore Flight: Speed of Sound
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about motions and forces, transfer of energy and the abilities of technological design to reduce or eliminate aircraft noise. The speed of sound and factors affecting it are important concepts related to the physics of sound. Enjoy hands-on activities and physical demonstrations for educators to use and share within their classrooms. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Activity emphasis will be on model rocketry challenges such as the Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

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

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

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

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

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

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

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

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

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

Registration is now open for the 2019 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The competition will be held April 12-13, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country can be accepted.

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

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

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With its sulfuric acid clouds, temperatures over 450°C and surface pressure 92 times that of Earth, Venus is one of the most hostile planetary environments in the solar system. Most electrical components do not survive long in these conditions, but NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hopes to build an automaton (or clockwork mechanical robot) rover to explore Venus. This challenge seeks innovative ideas for a mechanical camera system that could operate under the harsh conditions found on Venus. The first place winner will have the opportunity to demonstrate and give a short presentation on the winning device at JPL/Caltech, and will receive up to $1,000 to cover travel costs.

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

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

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

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

2019-2020 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions Listed Below
Application Deadline: Jan. 28, 2019
Contact: jkuberek@odu.edu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships of $1,000 to undergraduate students studying STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are available to students who are U.S. citizens and are enrolled full time at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Scholarships are awarded for the academic year following application. Applicants must be classified as sophomores during the 2019-2020 academic year.

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

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2019 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

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

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

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Oct. 23-26
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Activity emphasis will be on model rocketry challenges such as the Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 18, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  International Observe the Moon Night
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 20
Contact: https://moon.nasa.gov/feedback/ 

On Oct. 20, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our Moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And 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 step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

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

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

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

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. Activity emphasis will be on model rocketry challenges such as the Team America Rocket Challenge and NASA’s Student Launch. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ETS1. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open for the 2019 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. The competition will be held April 12-13, 2019, in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Teams of high school and college students are challenged to design and build a human-powered vehicle to traverse the simulated surface of another world. The course includes 14 obstacles and five tasks, and teams must meet NASA specifications. Each school may enter up to two teams. For international entries, no more than four teams from each country can be accepted.

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: By the Numbers
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Oct. 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. Integrate out-of-this-world math, science and engineering into your classroom with NASA STEM solar system activities and missions. Investigate real data, classification, graphing and scale models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Inspired by Earth” and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth and Art.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth Expressions.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically.

Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) aims to recruit individuals with enthusiasm, passion and ambition for a renewable, one-year term on its advisory board starting November 2018 and ending October 2019. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meetings at national conventions.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information!

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

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

 
  Moon to Mars—Deep Space Exploration: Spacecraft Structures With Secondary Engineering
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 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. Explore an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. Activity emphasis will be on the Spacecraft Structures Engineering Challenge for secondary students. Activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-planes
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 23 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. As NASA nears the 50th anniversary of the first human footprints on the Moon with Apollo 11, it celebrates the spirit of innovation that took us on that journey from small steps to giant leaps. Join us for a history of X-planes and learn about NASA STEM education resources that can bring innovation and exploration into your classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Informational Webinars: Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools and youth education organizations working individually or together to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the ISS between July 1 and Dec. 30, 2019. To augment the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Contacts are about 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Oct. 23-26
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

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

 
  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix E
Audience: Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 23
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research proposals—both experimental and numerical studies—that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

NASA BEST: Asynchronous Training
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Get a first look at NASA Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) asynchronous training modules and participate in the educator feedback process. We will explore each of the training modules and follow it up with feedback to be incorporated in the training development process. Online registration is required.

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

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

MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in January 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future long-duration space missions will require crews to grow food; so, understanding how to water plants in microgravity is important—especially because the roots also require air. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects that will use wetting characteristics to transport both water and air in a microgravity environment. Objects created by selected teams will experience microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. NASA will invite the top-performing teams to present their results in a student poster session at the 2019 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 11, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Citizen Science Campaign: GLOBE Mission Mosquito
Audience: All Educators and Students
Introductory Webinar: Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact: dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov 

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) Mission Mosquito student research campaign connects students of all ages to monitor changes in the frequency, range and distribution of potential disease vector mosquitoes by reporting observations using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper mobile app. This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for students in a variety of disciplines, including Earth science, environmental science, life science, mathematics and health. 

Download the free GLOBE Observer app at https://observer.globe.gov/about/get-the-app.

Moon to Mars—Deep Space Exploration: Spacecraft Structures With Secondary Engineering
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Oct. 22 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. Explore an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit. Activity emphasis will be on the Spacecraft Structures Engineering Challenge for secondary students. Activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.

 
  Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Oct. 23-26
Contact: https://www.earthkam.org/contact 

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

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: X-planes
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 23 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. As NASA nears the 50th anniversary of the first human footprints on the Moon with Apollo 11, it celebrates the spirit of innovation that took us on that journey from small steps to giant leaps. Join us for a history of X-planes and learn about NASA STEM education resources that can bring innovation and exploration into your classroom. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA BEST: Asynchronous Training
Audience: Educators of Grades K-8
Event Date: Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Get a first look at NASA Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) asynchronous training modules and participate in the educator feedback process. We will explore each of the training modules and follow it up with feedback to be incorporated in the training development process. Online registration is required.

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

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

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

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

Engaging Students in STEM Problem Solving: Exploring Ice in the Solar System
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 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. Explore the 12 NASA teaching guides related to water and ice in our solar system. The STEM problem-solving lesson plans invite students to inquire about phase changes, properties of water, ice core samples, structure of ice and comparisions with snow. Acting out science is included in each module. Online registration is required.

 
  2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Solving Meteorite Mysteries
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the mysteries of meteorites—what they are, where they come from, how they got here, how they affect people and what they tell us about the solar system. Investigate these questions using inquiry-based activities for students in grades 5-12. Online registration is required.

 
  Call for Proposals—NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix E
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposers’ Conference via WebEx: Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. EDT (visit https://psi.nasa.gov for details)
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 23
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 14
Contact: francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov 

NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research proposals—both experimental and numerical studies—that use experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics system. This solicitation appendix focuses on five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Hubble Space Telescope
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 16 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. Relive the realization of a dream as the Hubble Space Telescope was launched on space shuttle Discovery. See examples of deep space objects such as stars, planets, galaxies and beyond. Make real-world connections with everyday technologies as you learn about NASA STEM resources to build and launch satellites using the engineering design process. Online registration is required.

 
  Commercial Crew 2019 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 17
Contact: info@sciartexchange.org 

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2019 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.

2018-19 University Student Design Challenge at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Registration Deadline: Oct. 17
Contact: grc-university-design-challenge@mail.nasa.gov 

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

 
  Explore Solar System and Beyond: By the Numbers
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: Oct. 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. Integrate out-of-this-world math, science and engineering into your classroom with NASA STEM solar system activities and missions. Investigate real data, classification, graphing and scale models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

Earth Science Week 2018 Photography Contest
Audience: Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s photography contest. Photographs should support the topic “Inspired by Earth” and show a view of the natural world that you find inspiring. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Visual Arts Contest
Audience: Students in Grades K-5
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s visual arts contest. Artwork should focus on the topic “Earth and Art.” The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2D visual arts project that shows how the natural world is part of making art. Entries must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2018 Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s essay contest. Essays should focus on the theme “Finding ‘Art’ in Earth.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay up to 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically.

 
  Earth Science Week 2018 Video Contest
Audience: International Public
Entry Deadline: Oct. 19 at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: info@earthsciweek.org 

Celebrate Earth Science Week 2018 with American Geosciences Institute’s video contest. Videos should focus on the theme “Earth Expressions.” Submit a brief, 30-90 second original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural world. The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. Entries must be submitted electronically.

Become a Member of the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Application Deadline: Oct. 19
Contact: jlswann@asu.edu 

The Arizona State University Infiniscope Project (under cooperative agreement with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate) aims to recruit individuals with enthusiasm, passion and ambition for a renewable, one-year term on its advisory board starting November 2018 and ending October 2019. Board members will review Infiniscope-developed educational products and receive a stipend, training, collaborative space and recognition on the Infiniscope website. Board members also will have opportunities to earn badges and attend group meetings at national conventions.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information!

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

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

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

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

Bring Engineering to the Classroom With NASA Glenn’s Engineering Design Challenges
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Contact: GRC-Ed-Opportunities@mail.nasa.gov 

Engineering design challenges are an exciting way to give students the opportunity to work on real-world challenges in a collaborative, team-based environment. Glenn Engineering Design Challenges connect students, in both classroom and out-of-school settings, with the distinct challenges faced by NASA scientists and engineers as they design the next generation of aeronautic and space vehicles, habitats and technology. Current challenges include Powered and Pumped Up, Let It Glide and Gaining Traction on Mars.

 
  MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in January 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

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

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  #TeacherOnBoard—Talk to an Astronaut Aboard the Space Station
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Did you know your students can interview an astronaut in space? This opportunity is available through Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS). Schools, scouting groups, after-school programs, museums or any other education organization may apply for the next available interview window. Develop an education plan and write a proposal for the upcoming September – October application period to be considered to host an ARISS contact during the July – December 2019 time frame. 

Connect with this opportunity and others during NASA’s A Year of Education on Station, a celebration of an almost 12-month presence of a teacher aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Students for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Application Deadline: Sept. 19
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

The CCRI internship is a yearlong opportunity to work directly with NASA scientists and research teams on a NASA research project related to climate change. This opportunity will not conflict with the students’ course work and class schedules during the fall and spring. The internship is considered a part-time position that supports the graduate students’ major areas of study.

 
  NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seek 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
Application Deadline: Sept. 19
Contact: matthew.d.pearce@nasa.gov 

This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, to lead research teams and to 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.

Diversity Drives Discovery Webcast
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Sept. 20 from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov 

Join NASA for a series of live webcasts featuring members of NASA’s diverse workforce sharing information about their careers and experience. Speakers range from program managers to scientists and engineers. Presentations will begin at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. Ask questions during the live event via Twitter using #nasaDEEP or via the chat window at the livestream website.

 
  Things to Do With NASA During the 2018-19 School Year
Audience:
K-8 STEM Educators 

Do something new this school year: Participate in NASA activities! Print these “bucket lists” of ways elementary and middle school teachers and students can be involved in real-world, authentic STEM activities. The list includes activities that require minimal effort, such as signing up on a website, to competitions that take planning and designing, and citizen science projects that require days of observation and recording data. 

Start checking off your list:
Things to Do With NASA and STEM for Grades K-4 

Things to Do With NASA and STEM for Grades 5-8

Sally Ride EarthKam Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 1
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.

 
  NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Session: Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: NASA-SUITS@mail.nasa.gov 

In the NASA S.U.I.T.S. Design Challenge, university student teams design and create spacesuit information displays within an augmented reality environment. These display and audio environments seek to aid astronauts in performing spacewalk tasks. After developing their environment, selected student teams will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their prototypes.

MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition
Audience: Multidisciplinary Student Teams Enrolled at Minority Serving Institutions
Concept Paper Deadline: Oct. 30
Contact: HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov 

Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization of NASA technology. Teams choose one NASA technology from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Up to 10 teams will be selected to participate using an online collaboration tool and will receive funding to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for an immersion experience in January 2019.

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

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

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

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

 
  New Resources Available—Seeing Sound: STEM Learning Module
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Contact: karen.l.rugg@nasa.gov 

As airplanes fly, air moving over the wings and body generates sound waves, which we hear as noise, especially during takeoffs and landings. Spinning propellers or jet engines add to the sound. Explore ways to “see sound” by using the resources in the new “Seeing Sound” educator guide and student activities from NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Participants will need a drum, a small mirror, tuning forks, paper, a laser light, balloons and other items. Resources provided include a video and an interview with NASA acoustic engineer Danielle Koch.The STEM learning module is available online and free to download.

Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Go With the Flow in the 8- by 6-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Sept. 13, 2018
Event Date: Oct. 13, 2018
Contact: grc-tours@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On Oct. 13, tour the 8- by 6-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel, which has contributed to decades of aeronautic research and is testing models for the next generation of supersonic aircraft. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

 
  Explore Earth: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about clouds and contrails with the NASA GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that provides students worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Using Earth Observations to Talk About Snow and Ice—Earth Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Sept. 17 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 resources discussing the effects of changing snow and ice coverage on the Earth from the Earth Observatory and NASA Earth Observations (NEO) websites. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS2 and ESS3. Online registration is required.

 
  An Orientation to EPDC Digital Badging
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the Digital Badging platform used by NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative to deliver free, asynchronous, online professional development. Discussions will include how to sign up and a survey of current badge offerings. Online registration is required.

Explore Earth: Earth Science from Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

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

 
  NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—An Overview of a Solar Storm at Mars
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join Dr. Christina O. Lee of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn how strong solar activity in September 2017 impacted the space environment around Mars, including its atmosphere and the radiation environment at the surface.

Earth Right Now: Using NASA Data for STEM Problem Solving
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 20 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. Are you working on implementing a new vision for science classrooms based on the Framework for K-12 Science classrooms in which teachers support students in science and engineering practices to build and use science ideas to solve real problems? This webinar will explore NASA resources that will guide you and your students through this process with authentic data. Online registration is required.

 
  Space and Science Festival at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 20-23
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival. Meet astronauts, explore exhibits from NASA, stargaze on the ship and more during four days of out-of-this-world exhibits.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum—Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: jelliot@intrepidmuseum.org 

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City for its annual Space and Science Festival Teacher Professional Development. Tour the museum and attend presentations from guest speakers and presenters from NASA and educational organizations. Attend sessions featuring demonstrations of STEM concepts and resources, learning activities and discussions with experts. Visit the site to register in advance.

 
  Museum Day Event at NASA’s Ames Research Center
Audience: Public
Event Date: Sept. 22 at Noon to 4 p.m. PDT
Contact: arc-visitorcenter@mail.nasa.gov 

Join us at the visitor center at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day 2018. Ames is a key facility for NASA’s missions and projects. Come to NASA’s Ames Visitor Center and learn what we’re doing at this amazing NASA facility! Museum Day 2018 will showcase “Women Making History: Trailblazers in arts, sciences, innovation and culture.” Click here for directions.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2018
Audience: Grades 9-12 Students
Registration Deadline: Sept. 26, 2018
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu 

Teams of high school students are challenged to program small satellites called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) that operate inside the International Space Station. Teams send their final codes to the space station, where an astronaut referees the final competition live! Early registration is strongly encouraged because code for the 2D practice competition must be submitted by Sept. 28, 2018.

 
  World Space Week 2018
Audience: Educators and Students
Event Dates: Oct. 4-10, 2018
Contact: admin@worldspaceweek.org 

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

NASA Live Event—Earth Science Week: Earth as Inspiration
Audience: Public
Event Date: Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: Trena.M.Ferrell@nasa.gov 

Join NASA scientists and education specialists for an hour-long educational event to explore and share their perspectives on Earth as an inspiration! In coordination with this year’s Earth Science Week theme, this NASA event will feature a sneak peek into the exciting NASA products included in this year’s Earth Science Week Toolkits. This event will be webcast in real time, and educators and students are encouraged to submit questions for NASA scientists to answer during the event. The event will be livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-gsfc.

 
  Call for Proposals: Partnership Agreement Related to Science Engagement Opportunities for the NASA Mars 2020 Project
Audience: Commercial, Educational and Non-Profit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9
Contact: hqmars2020namingproposals@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is seeking to partner with a commercial, educational or non-profit organization on a nonreimbursable basis to define, organize and execute a nationwide contest for K-12 students in U.S. schools to select a name for “…the Mars 2020 rover launching in 2020.” NASA seeks proposals from innovative, inspirational organizations that utilize high-impact avenues for reaching a diversity of populations and broadening participation.

2019 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
NOI Deadline: Oct. 12
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 15
Contact: rascal@nianet.org 

The 2019 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype hardware that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be chosen to receive a stipend to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2019 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 
  NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience:
Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date:
Oct. 19-21
Contact: https://2018.spaceappschallenge.org 

The seventh annual International Space Apps Challenge invites tech-savvy innovators, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, artists, educators and students worldwide to use NASA data to develop projects related to this year’s theme: “Earth and Space!” In response to challenges issued by NASA, Space Apps participants collaborate to create solutions from mobile applications, software, hardware and data visualizations to videos, games and art. Visit the website for updates and registration information! You can also apply to host a Space Apps in your area (host application closes Aug. 24).

Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: contact@zooniverse.org 

Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

 

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for June 28, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Wanted: Citizen Scientists
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Looking for ways to engage your students in real-world science? Check out NASA Citizen Science Projects where students can sign up to help with NASA research. The Citizen Science Projects website has several projects to choose from, like Cosmo Quest, a challenge for students to analyze more than 15 million images taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Working from computers, students view the images and identify geological features or challenge themselves to find the exact location of the image. Who knows, your students may be able to provide information about this image recently taken by #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold. Encourage your students to explore all the opportunities and jump into NASA research! 

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

International Space Station: The Physics of Microgravity
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: July 5, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Microgravity is the condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless. Explore the physics of microgravity and how it’s created and used for learning in space on the International Space Station. Also, explore how microgravity can be created and used for learning on Earth and in your classroom. Online registration required.

 
  Modern Figures: OSIRIS REx—Launch Windows
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 9, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: barbie.buckner@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the Modern Figures—OSIRIS-REx—Calculating Launch Windows classroom resource. Review the history of human computers like Katherine Johnson, and get an overview of future space exploration. Learn about OSIRIS-REx and its search for asteroids using modernday technology to calculate launch windows and orbits. Participants will receive hands-on activities that combine math, science, engineering and social studies. Online registration is required.

ISS L.A.B.S—Learning, Achieving, Believing and Succeeding
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: July 11, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the “International Space Station (ISS) Learning, Achieving, Believing, and Succeeding (L.A.B.S.) Educator‘s Resource Guide.” The webinar will also review STEM activities. Online registration is required.

 
  NASA STEM Resources Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: July 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources such as Space Place, Climate Kids, NASA Wavelength, My NASA Data, The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program, Space Math and Exploring Ice. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar—Challenges of Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: July 25, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of staff from the MAVEN mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN co-investigator Dr. Robert Lillis of the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory to hear the latest MAVEN news and learn about the challenges of re-creating a thicker Martian atmosphere.

 
  Back to the Moon and on to Mars: Designing the Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: June 28, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore the engineering design process as it applies to NASA’s journey back to the Moon and on to Mars. This webinar will showcase NASA STEM engineering design challenges that help students understand the process of designing and launching a mission to land on the Moon and Mars. Online registration is required.

NASA Internships — Fall 2018 Session
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships. Students should complete applications as soon as possible to increase the possibility of selection. Offers will be extended throughout the month of June. The fall semester is 16 weeks long; internships begin in late August or early September, depending on the location. NASA Internships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide.

 
  GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

Free Webinar: Atomic Clock — A Technology Demonstration Mission
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-10
Event Date: July 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute professional development webinar. Find out how NASA is using atoms to have precise accounting of time. With NASA’s “BEST Atomic Clock Activity Guide,” participants will explore the engineering design process to demonstrate the importance of calibration of clocks. Learn how to incorporate engineering challenges and the engineering design process into your science program. Register online to participate.

 
  Teacher Professional Development Programs at the NASTAR Center
Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: Multiple dates July 9-27, 2018
Contact: gkennedy@nastarcenter.com 

The National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is hosting a series of teacher professional development programs during July. Here’s your chance to experience acceleration in a centrifuge, pilot an airplane simulator or explore the gas laws in an altitude chamber. Each one-day workshop is worth eight hours of continuing education. Visit the website for a list of workshop dates and to download a registration packet.

Call for Proposals: NASA Research Announcement—Space Technology Research Institutes
Audience: Accredited U.S. Universities
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2018
Contact: HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov 

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the aerospace community. Typically, an awarded institute will be funded up to $15M for a five-year period. Accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with nonprofit entities and industry is permitted.

 
  Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff
Contact: http://mars2030-vr.com/contact-us 

Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.

Free Lecture — Walking on Mars
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: July 12 – 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Contact: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php 

Researchers at NASA’s Operations Laboratory are spearheading several ambitious projects applying virtual and augmented reality to space exploration. Join operations lab lead Victor Luo from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how engineers are using 3D designs to explore Martian terrain, prepare astronauts for spacewalks and more. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday’s lecture via live webcast.

 
  Mars Day! 2018 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Date: July 20, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT
Contact: NASMVisitorServices@si.edu 

Visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to celebrate “Mars Day! 2018.” This annual event celebrates the Red Planet with a variety of educational and fun family activities. Visitors may talk to scientists conducting Mars research and learn about current and future missions.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for May 24, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Call for Research Proposals: NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Flight Opportunities Program
  NASA Internships — Fall 2018 Session
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Contact: NASA-Internships@mail.nasa.gov

NASA is currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships. Students should complete applications as soon as possible to increase the possibility of selection. Offers will be extended throughout the month of June. The fall semester is 16 weeks long; internships begin in late August or early September, depending on the location. NASA Internships provide students at all types of institutions access to a portfolio of opportunities offered agencywide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
  GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

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

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

 
  Free Download for Educators: Experience Mars in Virtual Reality With Mars 2030
Audience: All Educators and Museum Staff
Contact: http://mars2030-vr.com/contact-us

Mars 2030 gives players the opportunity to explore the Red Planet. The virtual reality simulation was created using real data to deliver an authentic experience based on what is known about Mars today. A desktop version also is available for players without virtual reality hardware. Complimentary Mars 2030 software is available for educators and museum staff.

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

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

 
 CubeSat101 New Resource: CubeSat 101 — Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers
Audience:
K-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Contact: Carol.A.Galica@nasa.gov

Do you want to start a CubeSat program and launch a small satellite? The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Download the new “CubeSat 101” guide to learn more.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for April 26, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  Invite Your Students to Step Aboard
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

In two minutes or less, you can teach your students about the International Space Station and why it’s important in our journey to deep space. “So You Want to go to Mars,” a short animated video, provides an easy-to-understand explanation of where we are now, what we’re learning, and why the space station is important to deep space exploration. The video is short, fun and appropriate for all age levels — from young children to adults. 

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

Earth Right Now: What Is Up With Earth’s Water Resources?
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: April 30, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about NASA’s Mission Geography, which delivers problem-based learning modules with real data. Explore investigations focusing on the physical nature of a resource, how humans depend upon the resource, and how human use creates both problems and opportunities by affecting the resource. Online registration required.

 
  Solar System and Beyond: Dwarf Planets — Earth and Space Science
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 2, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of the story behind the creation of the “dwarf planet” classification. Learn about currently identified dwarf planets in our solar system and NASA resources for teaching about them. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2 and ESS1. Online registration required.

Making Waves With NASA: Optics Resources
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Event Date: May 3, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: john.f.weis@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will get an overview of NASA resources for teaching about waves, lenses and mirrors. The activities discussed in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standard PS4. Online registration required.

 

 

  Earth Right Now: Hurricanes in the Classroom
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: April 26, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As we continue to recover from the 2017 hurricane season and prepare for the 2018 season, discover ways to explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms in the classroom. This webinar will present strategies to integrate NASA hurricane missions and STEM classroom resources and lessons into your instruction. Online registration required.

NASA Stennis Community College and Education Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Full-time Faculty at Accredited Higher Education Institutions in Mississippi and Louisiana
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018, at 5 p.m. CDT
Fellowship Dates: June 4 – Aug. 10, 2018
Contact: mitch.krell@nasa.gov 

The NASA Stennis Community College and Education Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Applicants must be U.S. citizens working full time at a two-year or four-year accredited university or college in Mississippi or Louisiana. The program provides a weekly stipend. Qualified faculty from minority-serving institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

 
  Call for Papers: 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: ISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com 

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronomical Society are seeking abstracts from those interested in presenting at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference. This year’s conference will be held July 23-26 in San Francisco, California. Abstract topics are listed on the conference website. Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early.

Send Your Name to the Sun on the Parker Solar Probe
Audience: All Educators and Students
Submission Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: Solar-Probe-Plus-Webmaster@jhuapl.edu 

This summer, a spacecraft the size of a small car will launch on a mission to travel directly into the Sun’s atmosphere — and your name can tag along for the ride! NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe. Facing brutal heat and radiation, the mission will study the corona and solar winds as the probe travels through the Sun’s atmosphere.

 
  2019 eXploration Systems and Habitatation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 27, 2018
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. The winners of 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 2019 timeframe.

2018 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 27, 2018
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.

 
  2018 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
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.

2018-2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
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.

 
  Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2018
Contact: ariss.us.education@gmail.com 

ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to host an amateur radio event between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2019. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed, exciting STEAM education plan. Radio events are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

2018 NASA SEES TEX2 Teacher Externship Program
Audience: Secondary Educators in Texas
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

Join NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research for a weeklong “externship” this summer. Educators will collaborate with students selected from across the nation and NASA scientists. Participants will conduct research using Earth-observing satellite data and explore STEM careers. Housing, meals and a stipend will be provided.

 
  Free ‘Sun, Earth, Universe’ Exhibition Available for Eligible Institutions
Audience: Informal Science Education Institutions in the U.S. within the NISE Network (NISENet)
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018 

In collaboration with NASA, NISENet is accepting applications from eligible institutions to receive a free “Sun, Earth, Universe” exhibition. This engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science has been curated with science experts and designed for family audiences. Visit the site for eligibility details. Free, online resources are available for those not selected.

Free Webinar — Sailing Through the Universe: Propelling Your Classroom Into STEM
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-10
Event Date: May 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute professional development webinar. Learn how NASA is using sunlight as an inexpensive option for propelling spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit. Using NASA’s BEST Space Sailing Instructional Guide, participants will explore the engineering design process to build a small space probe prototype. Learn how to incorporate engineering challenges and the engineering design process into your school science program. Register online to participate.

 
  Online Training Session: Using NASA Earth Observing Data for Monitoring and Response to Vector-borne and Water-borne Diseases
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: May 8, 2018, 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT
Contact: dorian.w.janney@nasa.gov 

Vectors are living organisms that are able to transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans. Vectors include mosquitoes, ticks, sandflies, fleas and other insects. Join NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission for a beginner-level online training webinar to learn how NASA Earth-observing satellite data sets can be used to identify environmental conditions that may result in the onset of vector-borne diseases. Two sessions are being offered. Register online.

Free ‘STEM in 30’ Webcast — How Do We Know What’s Out There?
Audience: Grade 6-8 Educators and Students
Event Date: May 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT
Contact: STEMin30@si.edu 

From using the naked eye to the Hubble Space Telescope, we can observe the universe in many different ways. Join the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum for this fast-paced webcast to explore the science behind observing our universe and the equipment allowing us to see farther and farther out.

 
Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Leadership Initiative
Audience: Accredited, Degree-granting U.S. Colleges and Universities|
Step-A Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2018
Contact: HQ-UnivPartnerships@mail.nasa.gov 

The University Leadership Initiative of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining interdisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review processes, and applying innovative teamwork strategies to strengthen research impact. Multiple awards are anticipated with nominal budgets in the $1-2M range per award per year. Awards will have a maximum duration of four years.

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

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

New Resource: CubeSat 101 — Basic Concepts and Processes for First-Time CubeSat Developers
Audience: K-12 and Higher Education Educators and Students
Contact: Carol.A.Galica@nasa.gov 

Do you want to start a CubeSat program and launch a small satellite? The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on, flight hardware development experience while designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Download the new “CubeSat 101” guide to learn more.

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

NASA spacecraft travel to far-off destinations in space, but a new mobile app from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings spacecraft to you! The new app, called Spacecraft AR, uses the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to put virtual 3-D models of NASA’s robotic space explorers into any environment with a flat surface. Download the new app to explore and snap pictures with 3-D rovers, space probes and more!

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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

NASA EXPRESS Message – April 12, 2018

Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.

  New Resource Featuring #TeacherOnBoard Joe Acaba
Audience:
All Educators
Contact: JSC-STEMonStation@mail.nasa.gov 

Check out the brand new STEMonstration: Kinetic and Potential Energy! If you’re looking for a fresh way to teach this difficult concept, this short video – along with Classroom Connections – is the perfect grab-and-go resource. Take your students on an out-of-this-world field trip to the International Space Station where they will watch Joe, a former classroom teacher, launch his crewmate from a giant rubber band to demonstrate potential energy converting to kinetic energy. 

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

Earth Right Now: GLOBE Atmosphere, Clouds and Contrails
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 17, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Contact: deepika.sangam@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about clouds and contrails using the GLOBE Program. GLOBE is an international science and education program that lets students worldwide participate in data collection and the scientific process. Learn how your students can contribute to understanding of the Earth system and global environment. Online registration is required.

 
  Earth Right Now: STEM Activites for Relationships in Ecosystems
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: April 18, 2018, at 5 p.m. EDT
Contact: susan.m.kohler@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the Elementary GLOBE “Earth System Module” containing storybooks and STEM activities. Activities help students learn what plants need from water, sunlight and soil; explain how Earth’s processes and components are interconnected; and demonstrate their knowledge of how water, air, soil and living things interact in the Earth system. Online registration is required.

NASA Mars Science: MAVEN Outreach Webinar — Do Habitable Worlds Require Magnetic Fields?
Audience:
Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Teens
Event Date: April 18, 2018, 7 p.m. EDT
Contact: epomail@lasp.colorado.edu 

MAVEN Outreach Webinars are virtual gatherings of team members from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission to offer professional development for formal and informal educators, troop leaders, museum docents, and others interested in MAVEN and Mars science. Join MAVEN Co-Investigator Dr. Dave Brain of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) to learn about the role that a global magnetic field may play in the evolution of a planet’s atmosphere and in planetary habitability.

 
  Earth Right Now: Exploring Our Earth From Space
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: April 19, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for free 60-minute webinar. Explore Earth from above with the help of astronauts and satellites. Learn how observations from space teach us about our planet and the processes that shape it. Using NASA missions, real data, online resources and classroom lessons, we’ll investigate Earth with eyes from above. Online registration is required.

Call for Papers: 2018 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: April 27, 2018
Contact: ISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com 

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronomical Society are seeking abstracts from those interested in presenting at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference. This year’s conference will be held July 23-26 in San Francisco, California. Abstract topics are listed on the conference website. Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early.

 
  2018 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
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.

2018 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 27, 2018
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.

 
  2018-2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 27, 2018
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.

2018 NASA SEES TEX2 Teacher Externship Program
Audience: Secondary Educators in Texas
Application Deadline: May 1, 2018
Contact: baguio@csr.utexas.edu 

Join NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research for a weeklong “externship” this summer. Educators will collaborate with students selected from across the nation and NASA scientists. Participants will conduct research using Earth-observing satellite data and explore STEM careers. Housing, meals and a stipend will be provided.

 
  Help NASA Predict Landslides — Citizen Science: Landslide Reporter
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: landslide_support@nccs.nasa.gov 

Landslides affect all countries, yet scientists don’t have a clear picture of where and when landslides occur globally. To predict landslides more accurately, NASA scientists are building the Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository with data of past landslides — and you can help. Learn how to add to the COOLR catalog using the Landslide Reporter citizen science application. Visit the Get Started page for more information.

 

Earth Right Now: Weather and Climate
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: April 12, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov 

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about weather and how it is forecast, and explore how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM classroom resources and lessons will guide us through a “storm” of classroom activities that address Next Generation Science Standards MS-ESS2-5,6. Online registration is required.

 
  Free Tour at NASA’s Glenn Research Center: Breeze by the 10- by 10-Foot Wind Tunnel
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: April 12, 2018
Event Date: May 12, 2018
Contact: grc-tours@mail.nasa.gov  

NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, offers 45-minute tours that take tourists behind the scenes to one of the center’s test facilities. On May 12, visit the10- by 10-foot Supersonic Wind Tunnel that conducts propulsion testing at supersonic speeds. Learn about this lab’s connections to NASA’s Apollo program and man’s first step on the moon. A bus departs from NASA’s main gate every hour beginning at 9 a.m. The last tour departs at noon. RESERVATIONS are required.

The Saint Louis Science Center Presents ‘Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission’ Exhibit
Audience: All Educators and Students
Exhibit Dates: April 14 – Sept. 3, 2018
Contact: mindy.peirce@slsc.org 

The Saint Louis Science Center is the second of four stops for a new exhibit featuring the Apollo 11 command module. The exhibit will feature more than 20 one-of-a-kind mission artifacts. They include a lunar sample return container; astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves; astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph; a star chart; a survival kit; and more.

 
  NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge
Audience: All Educators and Students
Challenge Dates: March 15-April 15, 2018
Contact: marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov 

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites educators, students, and the public to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15-April 15, 2018. Observations can be logged using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or the GLOBE Observer app. Participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

The Vizzies — Visualization Challenge
Audience: Educators and Students Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 15, 2018
Contact: vizzies@nsf.gov 

Do you love animating data, creating science apps, illustrating engineering concepts or taking photographs of the natural world? The Vizzies, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science, challenges participants to submit their best science or engineering visualization. Entries can be produced by individuals or by teams. Winning entries will be featured online, and winners will receive cash prizes.

 
  Teacher Innovator Institute at the Smithsonian
Audience: STEM Educators of Grades 5-8
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Institute Dates: July 9-20, 2018
Contact: baldiolism@si.edu 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its inaugural Teacher Innovator Institute. Participants will spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., working with education and STEM experts to explore the connections between informal STEM education and authentic learning. Each attendee will develop an individual project to take back to their school. There is no cost for teachers to participate — travel, food, lodging and supplies are all provided.

Free Webinar — Shake, Bake and Shout: Materials ISS Experiment-X (MISSE-X)
Audience: 5-12 Educators
Event Date: April 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. EDT
Contact: afrc-nasabestedu@mail.nasa.gov 

Join NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology educators for a free 60-minute professional development webinar. Learn how NASA is using a series of experiments mounted externally on the space station to investigate the effects of long-term exposure to the harsh environment of space. Using NASA’s BEST engineering design process, participants will test a variety of materials to determine if they would be suitable for long-term use in space. Register online to participate.

 
  Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Aerospace Academy
Audience: Minority Serving U.S. Colleges and Universities
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: NASAMAA@nasaprs.com 

NASA invites Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to establish a NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in areas of STEM. Supported by evidence-based research, the MUREP Aerospace Academy is generally conducted in an out-of-school setting but may also be offered in a school setting. Successful proposals will be funded as multi-year cooperative agreements not to exceed two years.

Call for Proposals — NASA Research Announcement for MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum
Audience: Two-year/Community College Minority Serving Institutions
Proposal Deadline: April 20, 2018
Contact: Roslyn.Soto@jpl.nasa.gov 

NASA invites two-year/community college Minority Serving Institutions to submit proposals to develop innovations in curriculum and experiential learning opportunities related to NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities that NASA needs to achieve its current and future missions. Successful proposals will result in a partnership with a NASA center and funding through a 15-month cooperative agreement.

 
  GLOBE Student Research Campaign — Water in Our Environment
Audience: K-12 Educators
Campaign Dates: Now Through June 30, 2018
Contact: http://www.globe.gov/support/contact 

Water continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Join GLOBE for its latest campaign that uses a set of guiding investigative questions to enable students to meaningfully explore water in their local environment and collaborate to consider the influence of water on a global scale. The project is flexible, allowing teachers to choose between many options to involve their students. Visit the site for details about the project and upcoming informational webinars.

Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: info@cosmoquest.org 

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.

 
  Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: contact@zooniverse.org 

Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems — Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contact: marc.j.kuchner@nasa.gov 

Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you’ll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

 
  Be a Citizen Scientist With the ‘Aurorasaurus’ Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Contactaurorasaurus.info@gmail.com 

Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.

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

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

 

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

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

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

 
 
 
 

 


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