September 06, 2019
Check out the latest NASA opportunities for the education community.
NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students (SUITS) Design Challenge
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Information Sessions: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. CDT and Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. CDT
Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 25
NASA SUITS gives students an authentic engineering design experience supporting NASA’s Artemis mission—landing American astronauts safely on the Moon by 2024! This activity challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality environments. After development, student teams travel to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to test their software designs with unique NASA assets.
Night Sky Network Webinars: International Observe the Moon Night 2019
Event Dates: Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. PDT and Sept. 11 at Noon PDT
Join the NASA Night Sky Network for a webinar about International Observe the Moon Night. This annual celebration is happening on Oct. 5, and this year’s celebration is extra special as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. Webinar participants will learn about resources to enhance everyone’s understanding of our lunar companion. Click the event dates above to register.
Explore Space Tech: BEST Satellite and Engineering Design
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about the International Space Station as a man-made satellite. In addition, participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) activities that focus on using the engineering design process. The BEST Satellite activity tasks students with using the engineering design process to build and launch a satellite made from simple classroom supplies. Online registration is required.
NASA Educational Resources for Teaching Expeditionary Life Skills
Event Date: Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Participants will learn about a series of educational activities designed to take students through educational expeditions that will help them learn life skills that can be applied in almost every aspect of life. Online registration is required.
NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview #9
Event Date: Sept. 19 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 Commercial Crew Program is the next phase in space transportation, enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program. Online registration is required.
Free Lecture—‘It Broke! A Story of How We Fixed It’
Audience: All Educators; Students in Grades 9-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Sept. 19-20 at 7 p.m. PDT
After a successful flyby of the asteroid 9969 Braille, the Deep Space 1 spacecraft’s mission was almost cut short by a malfunctioning star tracker used for determining its orientation in zero gravity. Join Dr. Marc Rayman, mission director for Deep Space 1, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how his team repaired and saved a spacecraft that was millions of miles away. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday's lecture via live webcast.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Seeks Educators for Climate Change Research Initiative
Audience: Full-time 9-12 STEM Educators Who Are U.S. Citizens and Reside Within 50 Miles of NYC
Program Start Date: Oct. 7
This yearlong STEM engagement opportunity allows high school STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers who integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.
Free Lecture—‘Darkness Surrounds Us: The Other 95% of the Universe’
Event Date: Oct. 17-18 at 7 p.m. PDT
All the material we can see is just a small fraction of the universe. The rest, a full 95 percent, are invisible and mysterious. These are the enigmatic dark matter and dark energy. Join astrophysicists Alina Kiessling and Jason Rhodes at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for a discussion about how astronomers are working to map the universe’s dark matter so they can see the effects of dark energy. Attend the lectures in person, or view Thursday's lecture via live webcast.
Seeking Volunteer Reviewers in Earth and Space Science
Audience: Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
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.
Astronaut Snoopy Launches on STEM Mission to Space
NASA has partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to send astronaut Snoopy on a STEM mission to space. In a series of STEM books and toys, astronaut Snoopy explores the far reaches of space and gets an inside look at current NASA missions. A visit to the International Space Station, a rover ride around Mars, a glimpse of the spacesuits that keep astronauts safe and a peek into the future plans to send the first woman and next man to the Moon are all included in astronaut Snoopy’s space-themed adventures. Visit the link to learn more!
2019 NASA SLPSRA Fluid Physics Workshop
Audience: Scientists and Engineers From Academia
Registration Deadline: Sept. 6
Workshop Dates: Oct. 16-17
Join NASA’s Division of Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications for the Fluid Physics Workshop at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. This event will feature scientists and engineers from academia, industry and other governmental agencies to provide recommendations to NASA on future research directions for the microgravity fluid physics program. All interested scientists, researchers and managers are invited to participate. There is no registration fee to participate in the workshop.
Explore Space Tech: On the Moon Engineering Design Challenges
Event Date: Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. NASA and Design Squad have teamed up to bring kids in your classroom, or afterschool program, six hands-on design challenges. These fun design challenges will get your kids thinking like engineers and excited about NASA’s missions to the Moon. Online registration is required.
2019 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference
Audience: Students, Faculty and Administrators from HBCUs
Conference Dates: Sept. 9-11
The annual National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference provides a forum to exchange information and share innovations among and between institutions. This year’s event will take place in Washington, D.C., and will include a student leadership summit featuring a “NASA: Concept to Commercialization” session, plus professional development and a career opportunities fair. Conference admission is free. Online registration is required.
Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of Sound
Event Date: Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA’s newly released “Sound Effects” activity, which teaches students about the principles of sound, specifically how to amplify and reduce volume. Learn how students will be able to construct a speaker to amplify sound and how they can be challenged to find a solution to reduce the perceived sound volume. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and learn about the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Online registration is required.
Infiniscope Webinar Series: Rocket Learners to Success—Use Free Tools to Build Adaptive Experiences
Audience: U.S.-based Formal and Informal Educators of All Grades
Event Dates: Sept. 10, 17 and 24 at 3:30 PDT
The Infiniscope Community empowers educators of all kinds to collaborate and create innovative, educational experiences that address the unique needs of all learners. Infiniscope’s widget-based platform makes it easy to design custom digital experiences using NASA visualizations, real-time feedback and differentiated pathways. Join the Infiniscope team for a free three-part webinar series, and learn to build your own adaptive experiences. Register now to save your spot!
Moon to Mars Resource Overview
Event Date: Sept. 12 at 6 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.
Launch Opportunity: RockSat-X
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Notice of Intent to Fly Deadline: Sept. 16
The RockSat-X program gives college and university teams low-cost access to space via payload capabilities on a sounding rocket that reaches an altitude of 93-105 miles (150-170 kilometers). The rocket has an ejectable skin and nose cone that exposes experiments to the space environment, and is de-spun and stabilized to allow for a greater range of experiments and use of microgravity. Visit the Rock-Sat program website to see previous projects and resources.
GLOBE Mission Mosquito Webinar: What Happens to Your Data?
Audience: All Formal and Informal Educators
Webinar Date: Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. EDT
Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Mission Mosquito team for a free webinar to discuss what happens to data submitted to GLOBE’s Mission Mosquito project. Dr. Helen Amos will discuss data quality and how to ensure your reported data is the best it can be. A Q&A session will follow. Register online. http://bit.ly/Buzz-CS9
Webinar: Exploration of Other Worlds Using NASA Solar System Treks
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. PDT
The National Girls Collaborative Project presents a free webinar introducing educators to NASA’s Solar System Treks, a free resource for STEM learning. Solar System Treks allow students to study the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Vesta, Ceres, Titan and icy moons in our solar system. Webinar participants will hear directly from NASA outreach specialists, and will have the opportunity to ask questions about the Solar System Treks visualization tools.
2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual international competition that invites students between the ages of 13-18 to become entrepreneurs and apply innovation, science and technology to solve problems with global impact in six different categories. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. The result: Students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. Visit the challenge website, or check us out on social media @ConradChallenge to learn more.
2020 BIG Idea Challenge: Capabilities to Study Dark Regions on the Moon
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 27
Entry Deadline: Jan. 16, 2020
NASA’s 2020 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Managed by the National Institute of Aerospace, the challenge is open to teams of five to 20 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for sample lunar payloads that demonstrate technology systems needed for exploration and science in the permanently shadowed regions in and near the Moon's polar regions. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life!
Name NASA’s Next Mars Rover
Audience: K-12 Students in U.S. Public, Private and Home Schools
Entry Deadline: Nov. 1
NASA’s Mars 2020 rover needs a name! Students are challenged to think of a rover name and write a short essay (up to 150 words) to explain why their chosen name is the best.
Teachers and other interested adults, we need you to be contest judges. Register here.
Not in the U.S.? In January 2020, people worldwide will have an opportunity to vote on the nine finalist names.
Help us spread the word by downloading and printing these eye-catching flyers for teachers and students!
Read more about the Mars 2020 mission.
CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be deployed from the International Space Station or to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2020 and 2023. Proposed CubeSat investigations must address an aspect of science, technology development, education or operations encompassed by NASA’s strategic goals and objectives as identified in the NASA Strategic Plan. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonproﬁt and accredited educational organizations.
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Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength
Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit ciencia.nasa.gov.
Visit NASA STEM Engagement on the Web:
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement: https://stem.nasa.gov
For Educators: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/foreducators
For Students: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/forstudents
NASA Kids’ Club: https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub
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