|Save the Date: NASA STEM Presents: ‘The Future of Space’
Audience: College Students and High School Seniors
Event Date: April 29 at 2 p.m. EDT
NASA is calling all college students and high school seniors to participate in a live event taking place at NASA Headquarters. “The Future of Space” will be an insightful discussion with agency leadership—including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Willliam Gerstenmaier and Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Steve Clarke—about how we are going forward to the Moon … to stay. Students can get their questions answered by NASA leadership and astronauts aboard the space station. Students unable to join in person can watch the event live via NASA TV and the agency’s website. The event also will stream live on Facebook and Twitter, and questions can be sent using #askNASA.
Excited for the event? Make plans to host a watch party! Get students and friends together and watch the discussion live on NASA TV.
|Apollo 50th Anniversary Talk Series: Explore the Past
Event Date: May 2 at 2 p.m. EDT
The Apollo lunar flights may have ended in 1972, but the Moon has remained of great interest to NASA and scientists worldwide. Join NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry for a look back at NASA’s Apollo Program. Watch the session live at https://go.nasa.gov/DEEP. Tweet questions for the presenter using #NASADEEP, or use the chat window next to the media player.
|Mission Patch Competition
Audience: Educators of Grades 1-8
Entry Deadline: May 5 at 11:59 p.m. PDT
NASA is taking us forward to the Moon and challenging students to design a mission patch that will capture the excitement of future missions! Using Tynker, students will design and animate their own “Forward to the Moon” mission patches. Explore the history of NASA mission patches with your class, and research NASA’s Moon to Mars program. Learn coding concepts, including animating with costumes, motion and effects. NASA and Tynker will judge and select winners. Winners will get a chance for their classrooms to participate in a live video conference with a NASA expert.
|Watch Astronauts Answer Students’ Questions During Inflight Education Downlinks
Audience: STEM Educators
Next Downlink: May 10
An Inflight Education Downlink is a 20-minute, live video question-and-answer session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
There are three opportunities to watch astronauts speak with students on the ground during the month of May at www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
Learn more about Inflight Education Downlinks and view the schedule to tune into an upcoming downlink at: https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem-on-station/downlinks.html.
|Explore Solar System and Beyond: SLS Engineering for Exploration
Audience: Educators of Grades 2-12
Event Date: May 7 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Enjoy an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and the Space Launch System (SLS). Activity emphasis will be on the “Engineering Is Out of This World” activity resources for grades 2-4 and SLS-related engineering challenges for grades 5-12. The activities shared in this webinar address the Next Generation Science Standards ETS1. Online registration is required.
|Explore Solar System and Beyond: Teaching Project-based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 8 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources related to planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-based learning standards using examples and lesson plans from NASA websites. Learn how to introduce multiple solar system resources to students to help them pose a pertinent question. Online registration is required.
|Explore Solar System and Beyond: Eyes in the Sky
Audience: Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 9 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our eyes on the universe with NASA space telescopes that expand our view and understanding of the solar system and the universe beyond. The Hubble Space Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the electromagnetic spectrum will be explored. NASA STEM lessons, online resources and teaching strategies will be integrated in this out of this world webinar. Online registration is required.
|2019 Girls in STEM Event at NASA’s Glenn Research Center
Audience: Summer Camps and Out-of-School-Time Groups for Girls in Grades 6-8
Registration Deadline: May 29
Event Date: July 16
NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is hosting a “Girls in STEM” event for girls in grades 6 to 8 who participate in summer camps or other out-of-school-time summer groups and organizations. This daylong event includes educational activities, an engineering design challenge, a panel discussion with female scientists and engineers, and facility tours to encourage future leaders to pursue careers in STEM. Attendees must be U.S. citizens. Each group must have 10-25 students.
|NOAA Planet Stewards Educator Workshop—From Local to Global: Satellites, Citizen Science, Stewardship and You!
Audience: Educators of Grades 5-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 6
Workshop Dates: Nov. 7-8
Join NOAA Planet Stewards, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies and the Aldo Leopold Nature Center for a two-day workshop featuring hands-on activities for integrating climate, STEM and data resources into your classroom or informal science curriculum. Educators attending both days will receive certificates of completion to apply towards continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited so reserve your spot today!
|Christa McAuliffe’s Lost Lessons: Newton’s Laws
Audience: Grades 6-8 Educators
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement and the Challenger Center are excited to share the final lesson in the series honoring Christa McAuliffe. In this video, astronauts Ricky Arnold and Serena Auñón-Chancellor explore how Newton’s Laws apply in microgravity. Teachers can use the accompanying lesson plan to further scientific learning in their classrooms. We are proud to share these lessons with teachers, and hope they inspire students to pursue learning in STEM fields.
|New Teachable Moment—How Scientists Captured the First Image of a Black Hole
Audience: K-12 Educators
Accomplishing what was previously thought to be impossible, a team of international astronomers has captured an image of a black hole’s silhouette. Turn this current event into a teachable moment with resources from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Learning about these mysterious structures can help students understand gravity and the dynamic nature of our universe while sharpening their mathematics skills. Visit the site for background information, videos, lesson plans and more.
|Explore Earth: Mission Geography
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: April 25 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA’s “Mission Geography” is an Earth-based curriculum that integrates STEM, geography and the language arts with Earth observations, remote sensing and maps that investigate our Earth and the processes that shape it, both natural and human influenced. Utilizing the unique perspective from space, “Mission Geography” brings our Earth to life with active, exciting student learning. Register online to participate. Online registration is required.
|2020 eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Proposal Deadline: April 26
The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to develop innovative design solutions for deep-space human exploration systems. Those selected to participate in the challenge will receive $15,000 to $50,000 to design and produce studies or functional products that will increase knowledge and foster risk reduction for space exploration capabilities. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects being completed in the May 2020 timeframe.
|2019 Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate Scholarships
Audience: Undergraduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26
The Texas Space Grant Consortium and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas, in partnership with NASA, are offering undergraduate scholarships of $1,500 in memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts. These scholarships recognize outstanding students and encourage graduate studies in STEM-related fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and registered for at least a half-time course load at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
|2019-2020 Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26
Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowships encourage graduate study in the fields of space science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and integrated work experience are emphasized. Each $5,000 award supplements half-time graduate support (or a fellowship) provided by a consortium institution. Applicants must be U.S. citizens registered for full-time study in a graduate program at one or more of the Texas Space Grant Consortium institutions. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
|2019 Texas Space Grant Consortium STEM Educator Scholarships
Audience: Educators Enrolled in Programs for a Master’s Degree in a STEM Field at Member Institutions of the Texas Space Grant Consortium
Application Deadline: April 26
The Texas Space Grant Consortium’s Educator STEM Scholarship Program provides $1,500 scholarships to eligible teachers enrolled in master’s programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in a master’s program at a Texas Space Grant Consortium institution. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
|Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: April 29 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. As NASA expands human exploration by visiting the Moon and then Mars, deep space exploration will require innovations in transportation that include the Space Launch System, Orion and Ground Launch Systems. This webinar begins with an overview of NASA’s plans for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit and continues with an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities. Resources covered address National Standards in Science and Mathematics. Online registration is required.
|Artists Inspire Astronauts Contest
Audience: U.S. Citizens Ages 18 and Older
Entry Deadline: April 30
The astronaut crew quarters at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida are being prepped for the upcoming commercial crew launches, and your artwork could be on display! NASA is looking for inspiring artwork to hang in the hallways where future crews will stay before launch. The area is one of the last places astronauts will spend time before heading for the launch pad. Artwork on display may be visible during NASA video coverage of crew departure.
|Holocaust Remembrance Program
Event Date: April 30
The Federal Interagency Holocaust Remembrance program will take place on April 30, at 11:30 a.m. EDT at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C. This year’s event—Perilous Passages: Two Journeys to Survival—will include discussions with holocaust survivors Dr. Hans Fisher and Judge Thomas Buergenthal. Make plans to attend the event in person, or watch the free online livestream of the event. Visit the website for full event details.
|Two-Part Webinar Series—Beyond Blue: Why Ocean Color Really Matters
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Dates: April 30 and May 1
Have you ever wondered how tiny algae help reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide while fueling the marine food web? Are you interested in ideas that make a faraway topic like ocean color feel more personal? The team working on the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem satellite are hosting a pair of free webinars to answer these questions and more. Learn how data from PACE will be crucial for assessing ocean health, air quality and climate. Find out how to access formal and informal education resources, videos and information designed to make ocean color come to life.
|The Great Water Design Challenge
Audience: High School Students and Educators
Registration Deadline: May 1
Event Date: May 22
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Planet Stewards has teamed up with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy to host the Great Water Design Challenge tasking student teams with researching innovative solutions to the growing demands on water supplies. Teams will choose from five challenge topics and will have access to research, prototyping and presentation materials to address their selected challenge. The challenge is open to teams of three to four high school students, and each team must have a faculty sponsor. The event will take place at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Space is limited to the first 20 teams, so reserve your spot today!
|Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for Life
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-12
Event Date: May 2 at 6 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Is there life beyond our planet? Using NASA STEM lessons, participants will explore the possibility of life beyond Earth using a research developed definition of life. Participants will experiment, record observations and draw illustrations as they collect data from simulated Mars samples to determine if life may exist in any of them. Online registration is required.
|DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Abstracts: 70th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities Who Have Submitted Abstracts to the IAF Website
Submission Deadline: May 6
NASA seeks abstracts from students interested in presenting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress being held Oct. 21-25, in Washington, D.C. NASA’s participation in this event is an ongoing effort to continue to bridge NASA with the astronautical and space international community.
Students who have submitted abstracts to the International Astronautical Federation website (http://www.iafastro.org) are requested to submit their abstracts to the NASA website (https://iac.nasaprs.com) by Mon., May 6 (11:59 p.m. EDT). Only abstracts selected by the IAF will be considered for selection by NASA.
Participants must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and current enrollment in U.S. university or college no later than May 9 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: May 15
ARISS-US is accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums and community youth organizations to host an amateur radio contact with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020. To maximize the events, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed STEAM education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Visit the site for proposal guidelines and forms.
|Student Spaceflight Experiments Program—Mission 14 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: May 17
Start Date: Sept. 3
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 14 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For pre-college grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, it is expected that at least 30 students will be engaged. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than May 17.
|SPACE: Space Port Area Conference for Educators
Audience: K-12 Formal and Informal Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens
Event Date: July 24-26, 2019
Registration is still open for the 2019 Space Port Area Conference for Educators (SPACE) taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Hosted by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, this conference features stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tours of Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.
|Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation Challenge
Audience: Middle/High School Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: May 10
NASA’s Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge gives middle and high school students an opportunity to design wearable radiation countermeasures for deep space exploration. Protecting deep space astronauts from high-energy charged particles and solar particle events are important to exploration. Team submissions will be considered for an expense-paid trip to a NASA center. To participate in WEAR, lead teachers must register by May 10. Find out more at http://go.nasa.gov/nasa_wear.
|Apollo Youth Art Contest
Audience: Students in Grades Pre-K through 12
Registration Deadline: June 1
On July 20, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of humans first setting foot on the Moon. In recognition of this historic event, NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center is hosting an art competition to encourage students to use the elements of art to explore the role of the Apollo missions in NASA’s advancements in human space exploration. Entries will be judged in four age group categories. Winners will receive prizes, and all contest participants will receive an official NASA Certificate of Participation.
|Be a Citizen Scientist—NASA GLOBE Observer: Trees
Audience: All Educators and Students
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team has a new citizen science opportunity. A new tool in the GLOBE Observer app allows users to take tree height measurements with their smartphones. The data collected using the app will be used by scientists working on NASA missions studying Earth from orbiting satellites. This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for students in a variety of disciplines, including Earth science, environmental science, life science and mathematics.
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