NASA EXPRESS: Aug. 2, 2018

August 03, 2018


Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.



Open the Door to NASA Internships
Audience: High School and College Students

Each year, almost 2,000 students across the United States get the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to intern at NASA. Interns work with NASA mentors to solve real-world challenges and, along the way, get to participate in some very cool events. Check out this video of NASA interns connecting long distance with #TeacherOnBoard Ricky Arnold as he orbits the Earth at 17,500 mph. Learn more about the NASA intern experience by reading these life changing stories from NASA interns and visiting the NASA internship website.
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 station.


New “Where on Earth?” Quiz
Audience: Public
Submission Deadline: Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. PDT

Are you ready for a challenge? Become a geographical detective and solve the latest mystery quiz from NASA’s Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard the Terra satellite. The quiz asks nine multiple-choice questions about the area seen in the image. Online research is allowed. If all questions are answered correctly, you will have a chance to enter for a prize. Happy sleuthing!


2018 Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Registration Deadline: Aug. 3
Workshop Dates: Aug. 20-24

The Thermal and Fluids Analysis Workshop encourages knowledge sharing, professional development, and networking within the thermal and fluids engineering community across NASA, academia, and the greater aerospace industry. NASA will host this year's free workshop in Galveston, Texas. STEM faculty and university students are welcome.


Mars InSight Roadshow at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
Audience: Open to All
Event Dates: Aug. 3-5

Scientists and engineers working on NASA's InSight Mission are bringing the Mars InSight Roadshow to the San Diego Air & Space Museum in California. The roadshow brings family friendly science activities, exhibits and discussions to communities throughout California. Stop by to chat with NASA scientists and engineers, learn about marsquakes and find out how InSight will study in-depth the inner space of Mars: its crust, mantle and core.


Explore Space Technology: Detecting Exoplanets
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Get an overview of methods used to detect planets outside of the solar system and explore related NASA education resources. Information includes the latest missions and data. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. Activities address the Next Generation Science Standards PS2, PS4 and ESS1. Online registration is required.


Comparative Planetology: Characteristics of Planets—Earth and Space Sciences
Audience: Educators of Grades 9-12
Event Date: Aug. 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. Learn how planets are classified by their characteristics and how studies of other planets help us understand Earth. Explore related NASA education resources. Information includes the latest missions and data. Activities address the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1, ESS2 and PS2. Online registration is required.


Free Tour at NASA's Glenn Research Center: Explore NASA’s Drop Zone -- the Zero Gravity Research Facility
Audience: All Educators and Students
Registration Opens: Aug. 8, 2018
Event Date: Sept. 8, 2018
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 Sept. 8, explore the Zero Gravity Research Facility, which puts payloads into a free fall for five seconds as they drop over 400 feet. 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 Space Technology: Drag Devices and Decelerators
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn what it takes to move around on Mars and how gravity there is different than Earth’s. Participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) curriculum and use the engineering design process to create a drag device. Activities are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Online registration is required.


Elementary GLOBE: Climate Change
Audience: Educators of Grades K-5
Event Date: Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore science-based storybooks designed to introduce students to key concepts related to water, soil, clouds, seasons, aerosols, climate and Earth system studies. The Elementary Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program explores classroom learning activities complementing the science content covered in each storybook that are designed to further engage students in GLOBE's investigation areas. Online registration is required.


Free Lecture -- The Incredible Continuing Adventures of the Spitzer Space Telescope
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Aug. 9 - 10, 2018, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
Launched in 2003, the Spitzer Space Telescope was designed to observe the universe in infrared light for five years. Fifteen years later, the telescope continues to exceed expectations. Join project manager Dr. Sean Carey for a discussion about the telescope’s extended mission and scientific discoveries. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday's lecture via live webcast.



Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series Event—Perseid Meteor Shower
Audience: Public
Event Dates: Aug. 11 at 7:30-9:45 p.m. EDT

Join NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia for the Astronomy and Night Sky Summer Series, and discover the night sky from Assateague Island National Seashore, Virginia District. This special event corresponds with the Perseid Meteor Shower and begins with an Astronomy 101 presentation. Afterwards, participants will look for meteors and stargaze with telescopes (weather permitting). The event is free and open to the public; however, refuge entrance fees apply.


NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center Programs
Audience: Public
Event Dates: Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Through Aug. 31

The NASA Visitor Center at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is offering free educational programs for visitors of all ages. Programs are scheduled each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday throughout July and August. Programs include solar system tours, “Science on the Sphere” presentations, hands-on STEAM Labs, and rocketry. Scout troops, home school and youth groups are encouraged to attend. Please call ahead for group larger than eight people.


Free Virtual Reality Program: NASA SLS VR Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students
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.



Project Mars: International Art and Film Contest
Audience: College Students and Early Career Professionals
Entry Deadline: Aug. 31, 2018
NASA is leading human space exploration in the vicinity of the Moon and on to Mars. Project Mars invites college students and recent graduates with fewer than 5 years of experience in the film or graphic arts industry to learn about NASA’s deep space endeavors and create a visualization of what this expedition may look like. Entries can be short films (two to five minutes in length) or posters (standard-size sheets, 27 by 41 inches). Winners will receive cash prizes.


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
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.


Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems—Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students

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.


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