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NASA EXPRESS: Your STEM Connection for Oct. 31, 2019

Space travel is hard and unforgiving,
but we have never been more ready to meet the unknown.

NASA's Artemis program will push the boundaries of human exploration and send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024, preparing for missions to Mars and beyond.

New Teachable Moment-NASA's Eyes on Extreme Weather
Audience: K-12 Educators
Contact:[email protected]

Extreme weather can range from superpowerful hurricanes to extended dry, hot weather. NASA uses airborne and space-based platforms to monitor these events and how our changing climate is contributing to them. Explore ways you can use NASA weather data in the classroom to help students better understand extreme weather. This Teachable Moment from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides background information, resources and standards-aligned lessons to get students analyzing local weather patterns, understanding wildfire monitoring and modeling global climate. Visit the site for videos, lesson plans and more.

NASA Virtual Career FairAudience: Students in Grades 11-12 and Higher Education
Event Date: Nov. 6, 3 - 4 p.m. EST
Contact: [email protected]

Join the NASA STEM Engagement team for a live webcast showcasing new and exciting internship and career opportunities available at NASA. Find out how you can make a giant leap into NASA's Artemis efforts to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. Launch your career with NASA!

Explore Solar System: Teaching Project-Based Learning
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. EST
Contact:[email protected]

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore NASA STEM resources that can be used for planetary research projects. Walk through the criteria for project-Based learning standards using examples from NASA websites and lesson plans. Participants will be introduced to multiple solar system resources that will help students develop purposeful questions. Online registration is required.

Moon to Mars: Mission and Resources OverviewAudience: Educators of Grades K-12Event Date: Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. ESTContact:[email protected]

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 that 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.

Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Sense of SoundAudience: Educators of Grades K-12Event Date: Nov.13 at 6:30 p.m. ESTContact: [email protected]

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.

Explore Solar System and Beyond: Search for LifeAudience: Educators of Grades K-12Event Date: Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. ESTContact:[email protected]

Is there life beyond Earth? Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar that will feature NASA STEAM lessons that can be used to 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.

2019-20 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 3-12
Entry Deadlines:
Mission Universe: Dec. 1
Mission Solar System: Dec. 1
Mission Sun: March 1, 2020
Mission Earth: March 1, 2020
Contact: [email protected]

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, invites students to enter the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). This year's challenge features four new missions that demonstrate how NASA spinoffs are MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS. OPSPARC encourages students to channel their inner entrepreneur and solve the world's problems by creating their own spinoff concepts. Winners will be invited to a workshop at Goddard, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME.

TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS, OPTIMUS PRIME and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE are trademarks of Hasbro and used with permission (c) 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

2020 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Fellowship ProgramAudience: Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Researchers
Application Deadline: Dec. 1
Contact: [email protected]

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is accepting applications for its 2020 Fellowship Program. A variety of fellowships for predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers are available. Applicants should state how they intend to use the museum's collections and facilities. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Visit the website for the full list of fellowship opportunities and details.

Proposal Writing Workshop-American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Dec. 8, 8 a.m. - Noon PST
Contact:[email protected]

The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA's Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA's Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting taking place in San Francisco, California. Registration is required.

ROADS on Mars Student ChallengeAudience: Students in Grades 3-12
Registration Deadline: Dec. 15
Contact: [email protected]

In the summer of 2020, NASA will launch its next rover to study Mars. NASA's Northwest Earth and Space Science Pipeline team invites students to participate in a Red Planet rover mission of their own! The Rover Observation And Drone Survey (ROADS) on Mars Challenge will follow the path of the Mars 2020 rover. Teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analyses of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and landing successfully. Top teams nationwide will win a trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the Mars 2020 launch!

U.S. Department of Energy: Postdoctoral Research Opportunity in Fusion Energy SciencesAudience: Recent Doctoral Degree Recipients
Application Deadline: Dec. 16
Contact: [email protected]

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Fusion Energy Sciences Postdoctoral Research Program offers recent doctoral degree recipients the opportunity to conduct research in the DOE's fusion energy research and development programs. Participants acquire experience and training in areas of fusion energy science, interact with outstanding scientists and engineers, and have access to advanced equipment and facilities. Appointments are made to designated DOE laboratories, universities and contractor fusion energy centers. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

Proposal Writing Workshop-The 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting
Audience: Graduate and Post-graduate Students and Researchers
Workshop Date: Jan. 4, 2020, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time
Contact:[email protected]

The success of scientists depends on their ability to obtain funding. Join NASA's Science Mission Directorate for a workshop that will use NASA's Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) as an example to teach key points in writing a successful proposal. NASA will guide participants through the proposal lifecycle, give tips on writing for specific audiences and discuss evaluation criteria. This workshop is part of the 235th American Astronomical Society Meeting taking place in Honolulu, Hawaii. Registration is required.

2020 Alan Shepard Technology in Education AwardAudience: K-12 Educators in the U.S.
Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020
Contact: [email protected]

The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award recognizes outstanding contributions by K-12 formal and informal educators in the field of educational technology. Each year, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, in collaboration with NASA and the Space Foundation, selects a teacher who exhibits extraordinary inspiration for students to learn about science and technology in the classroom. Programs focusing on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority over other programs. The award is presented at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Request for Information: National Institutes of Health's Office of Research on Women's Health-Enhancing Gender Equity PrizeAudience: Higher Education Institutions
Deadline: Oct. 31
Contact: [email protected]

Though parity is being reached between men and women at the graduate level in the biomedical sciences and in medical schools, women remain underrepresented at the faculty level in science and medicine, particularly in mid to senior levels. The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health is seeking feedback on a proposed prize competition that aims to recognize institutions that have demonstrated commitment to systemically addressing faculty diversity and equity issues within the biomedical and behavioral science departments.

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.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists
Application Deadlines: Nov. 1, March 1 and July 1
Contact: [email protected]

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 an equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements.

Calling Educators, Teachers and Student Innovators: 2019-2020 Conrad Challenge
Audience: Educators and Teachers of Grades 9-12
Registration Deadline: Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. EDT
Contact:[email protected]

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.

Tech to Protect ChallengeAudience: College Students, Programmers, Entrepreneurs and Computer Scientists
In-Person Codeathons: Nov. 1-3
Online Submission Deadline: Nov.15
Contact: [email protected]

The National Institute for Standards in Technology's Public Safety Research Division is hosting the Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon to develop new technologies for America's emergency responders. Participants are invited to create solutions for 10 unique contests addressing communication challenges faced by emergency medical services, firefighters and law enforcement. Up to $35,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners at each in-person event held Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle. An online contest is open for submissions through Nov. 15. Register today to help improve the safety of communities nationwide!

[Attachment] Start Your Week With Space: Take a Virtual Reality Tour of NASA's Commercial Crew Program
Audience: All Educators and Students in Grades 5 and Up
Event Date: Mondays at 2 p.m. ET
Contact:[email protected]

Start your week with an exciting virtual reality tour of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Through 360-degree video and virtual reality technology, students can get a behind-the-scenes look at NASA and commercial partner facilities without leaving the classroom. Tune in each week to experience virtual reality with live commentary from a NASA STEM education specialist.

Upcoming virtual tours include:
Nov. 4: SpaceX Crew Dragon
Nov. 18: Boeing CST-100 Starliner
Nov. 25: Train Like an Astronaut
Dec. 2: A New Era in Spaceflight
Dec. 9: Launching From Kennedy Space Center
Dec. 16: Video Highlights

Visit nasa.gov/stem/ccp for more STEM educational resources featuring NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact:[email protected]

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.

Commercial Crew 2020 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact:[email protected]

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2020 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.

CubeSat Launch Opportunity on Artemis 2 Mission
Audience: K-12, Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 4
Contact: [email protected]

When Artemis 2 launches on its historic flight carrying astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before, tiny satellites called CubeSats will go along for the journey. NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads that include elements designed to extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and reduce risk for future deep space human exploration missions. 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. participants including not-for-profit or accredited education organizations.

Free Webinar: Aligning Robotics Curriculum to Education Standards
Audience: All Educators
Event Date: Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT
Contact:[email protected]

Join the Endeavor STEM Teaching Certificate Project team for a free webinar featuring Dr. Bambi Brewer, Director of Engineering at Birdbrain Technologies. Dr. Brewer helps teachers align robotics projects to existing curriculum standards. She helps teachers document and share their successful classroom projects, and create fun new ways to use robotics in the classroom.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission
Audience: K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: Nov. 5-8
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.

Explore Solar System: Art and the Cosmic Connection
Audience: Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. EST
Contact:[email protected]

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Learn about the solar system and activities that incorporate art into the STEM classroom. 'Art and the Cosmic Connection' offers a terrific bridge between Earth and space science, as well as a wonderful dive into the potential of science to inspire art, and art to empower science! Online registration is required.

NASA Internships
Audience: High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students
Application Deadlines:
Spring 2020-Nov. 5
Summer 2020-March 8
Contact:[email protected]

Being an astronaut isn't the only cool thing about space. NASA interns use their creativity and innovation to work on projects that impact NASA's mission, like sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024. As a NASA intern, you'll be a part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. You will work alongside leading experts and gain valuable experience by advancing research and projects to the next level. Come dream with us and let's change the future together.

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities-Fall 2020
Audience: Graduate Students
Proposal Deadline: Nov 5
Contact: [email protected]

NASA seeks to sponsor graduate student research with potential to contribute to the agency's goal of creating innovative new space technologies for America's exploration, science and economic futures.

This call for graduate student-developed space technology research solicits proposals on behalf of individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master's or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. Recipients will perform innovative research and improve America's technological competitiveness by providing a pipeline of cutting-edge space technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon:Design Challenge
Audience: College Students and Faculty at U.S. Higher Education Institutions
Application Deadline: Nov. 5
Contact: [email protected]

The U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon comprises 10 contests that challenge student teams to design highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. Over the course of one or two academic semesters, collegiate teams prepare creative solutions for real-world issues in the building industry. Qualifying teams present their designs to a panel of industry expert jurors during Design Challenge Weekend in April 2020 in Golden, Colorado.

NASA Commercial Crew Program: Mission and STEM Resource Overview 12Audience: Educators of Grades K-12Event Date: Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. ESTContact: [email protected]

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.

NASA Space Grant and NASA Aeronautics Webinar: Electrified Aircraft-Tackling the Challenges of Alternative Propulsion
Audience: University Students and Faculty
Event Date: Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. EDT

Get to know the people, the ideas and the technology driving the revolutionary work done by the first 'A' in NASA: aeronautics. The next great aviation transformations are being designed and engineered now. Where are you in this future? Join NASA Aeronautics for a free one-hour webinar featuring researchers discussing their career paths and latest breakthroughs in making alternatively fueled aircraft a viable option. Students can submit questions for the presenters. Online registration is required.

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
Contact: [email protected]

Join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (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 toward continuing education unit credits. The workshop takes place in Madison, Wisconsin. Space is limited, so register today!

Explore Solar System and Beyond With STEAM and ModelsAudience: Educators of Grades 4-12Event Date: Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. ESTContact:[email protected]

Join the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar. Explore our solar system and beyond with NASA missions. Also, investigate NASA STEAM lessons that include classification, graphing and models to better understand and visualize our Sun, planets, asteroids and other celestial objects in our solar system. Online registration is required.

Be a Citizen Scientist-Fall Cloud Challenge: What's Up in Your Sky?
Audience: All Educators and Students
Campaign Dates: Oct. 15-Nov. 15
Contact:[email protected]

NASA is requesting your help to determine 'What's Up in Your Sky?' The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program's Clouds team wants to study differences in clouds and aerosols. You can help by submitting cloud, dust, haze or smoke observations (limit of 10 per day) to GLOBE using any of GLOBE's data entry tools including the GLOBE Observer mobile app. GLOBE and GLOBE Observer participants submitting the most observations will be congratulated by NASA scientists with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website.

Register Today: NASA Ames Exploration Encounter
Audience: Educators of Grades 4-6
Contact: [email protected]

The NASA Ames Exploration Encounter (AEE) is a free unique educational program designed to inspire positive attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics for students in grades 4-6. Located in a renovated supersonic wind tunnel building at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, the AEE puts science in action with hands-on interactives.

Afternoon classes are available. Availability is limited and registration is first come, first served. Visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/ames-exploration-encounter-registration/ for registration details.

Contact Opportunity: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 30
Contact:[email protected]

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 July 1 and Dec. 31, 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, forms and upcoming pre-proposal webinars.

2020 Drop Tower Challenge: Paddle Wheel in Microgravity
Audience: Students in Grades 9-12
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
Contact:[email protected]

Future long-duration space missions will require a better understanding of fluid behavior in microgravity. Teams of high school students are challenged to design and build objects focused on generating mechanical motion using only fluid forces. In theory, the student-designed paddle wheel, or spinner, should rotate on its own during free fall while sitting on a body of water. Designs from 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 2020 meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research.

eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 20Registration Deadline: Dec. 18
Contact: [email protected]

Registration is open for the 18th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based STEM competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and 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.

2020 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24, 2019Contact:[email protected]

The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related disciplines at an accredited U.S.-based university. Teams will design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems' capabilities in June 2020 at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

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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 https://science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit http://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