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NASA EXPRESS April 23, 2020

April 24, 2020

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Watch a Live Q&A From Space

Tune in on April 28 at 12:05 p.m. EDT for a live interview from the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy will answer questions from NASA interns teleworking across the agency.

The 20-minute Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA TV




@ Home

Read a story! 📚

Play an online game! 🎮

Build a rover! 🏎️


Get started with these ideas for elementary ages.

Solve a Puzzle

Color a Rover

Build a Habitat


Keep the at-home exploration going for middle school ages.

Be a Spaghetti Structure Engineer

Explore NASA's Future Exploration Plans

Print and Make Paper Spacecraft Models


Expand your horizons with activities for high school students.

Study the Basics of Space Flight

Get Ready for May 27: #LaunchAmerica

Celebrate Hubble's Birthday


For more activities, click here!


Free STEM Webinars for

Educators, Parents and Students

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development

Collaborative at Texas State University for live educational webinars.


Upcoming webinars for Parents, Caregivers,

Educators and Students include:

NASA STEM Rockets at Home or School

April 27 at 1 p.m. EDT

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: 3.2.1... Takeoff!

April 29 at 2 p.m. EDT

Kites and Balloons at Home or School

May 7 at 5 p.m. EDT


Upcoming webinars for K-12 and Informal Educators include:

Moon to Mars: Crew Transport With Orion and Digital Educator Badge

April 28 at 6 p.m. EDT

Explore Earth: Mission Geography for Grades K-5

April 29 at 6 p.m. EDT

Humans in Space: One Year Space Station Crew

May 4 at 4:30 p.m. EDT


For a full list of upcoming webinars, click here!


More Activities and At Home Resources

New NASA Coloring Pages

Audience: Educators, Parents and Students in Grades 3-6


Bring the solar system to your home with our newest NASA Space Place coloring pages.

Color and learn about faraway worlds by downloading and printing our free pages here.


Earth Day at Home Webquest

Audience: Middle School Students

Test your knowledge of our home planet with a webquest adventure. Explore topics ranging from ways space exploration helps us on Earth to how the International Space Station recycles water. Fly alongside NASA satellites and tour Earth at night through satellite imagery.

Study up, then see how much you’ve learned with an interactive quiz. 




'NASA STEM Stars' Webchats

Audience: Students Ages 13 and Up

Next Event: April 30 at 2 p.m. EDT

“NASA STEM Stars” is a new webchat series connecting students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics.

Are you curious about how plants grow in space? Ask experts Gioia Massa and Trent Smith from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center about the challenges of growing plants in microgravity and how researchers decide which plants to send to the International Space Station. 


Activity Guide: How Big Is It?

Audience: Educators and Parents of Students in Grades 3-5

NASA’s new Space Launch System will be the most powerful rocket ever built. Learn more about the rocket that will take astronauts to the Moon and on to Mars, and then work through a math challenge comparing the heights of volcanoes on Earth and the Red Planet.  


e-Learning Activities and Resources


Looking for lesson ideas and resources for teaching virtual lessons?

Webinar: Mars 2020 and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Audience: 5-12, Informal Educators and Parents Teaching at Home

Date: May 8 at 1 p.m. EDT

Is there life on Mars? Educators, parents and families are invited to join Dr. Kenneth Williford, deputy project scientist for the NASA Mars 2020 mission, for an overview of the mission and the various ways the Perseverance rover will be seeking signs of life.

Are you an educator? Student viewing links will be provided so bring the whole class!

'Urban Heat Island Resources’ From My NASA Data

Audience: Grades 3-12 Educators and Parents Teaching From Home

Explore the interaction of Earth’s atmosphere, geosphere and biosphere using the context of urban heat islands with new educational resources from My NASA Data.


Don’t miss the new Google Classroom extension for the “Urban Heat Island” minilessons! They are perfect for virtual learning.


Higher Education Spotlight

Call for Proposals: NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate's University Leadership Initiative

Audience: University Students

Workshop: April 30, 1-3 p.m. EDT

Proposal Deadline: June 30

The University Leadership Initiative provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining multidisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms and applying innovative strategies to strengthen research impact.

Call for Proposals: Funding Opportunities Through NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project

Audience: Minority Serving Institutions

Pre-proposal Webinar: May 6 at 3 p.m. EDT

Proposal Deadline: June 15

NASA is seeking proposals for competitive funding opportunities in support of the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) administered by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement.  


NASA L’SPACE Mission Concept Academy

Audience: Undergraduate Science and Engineering Students

Application Deadline: May 8 by 11:59 p.m. PDT 

NASA’s Lucy Mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids is accepting applications for the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (L’SPACE) Virtual Academy. This project-based, interactive program is designed to engage a diverse population of students in 12 weeks of rigorous, team-based STEM workforce development based on NASA missions.


At-Home With Our Partners


Smithsonian Institution

Distance Learning

National Institutes of Health's General Medical Sciences Education Resources

American Geosciences Institute Online Learning


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