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NASA Education Express Message -- Sept. 29, 2016

Status Report From: NASA Education Office
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2016

New This Week!

 

 

New Classroom Activity From JPL Education: Stomp Rockets

Audience: Educators of Grades 4-9

 

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Releases New "NASA Next" News Magazine for Teens and Educators

Audience: 5-12 Educators and Students

 

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

Next Event Date: Sept. 29, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

 

Live Video Chat With Researcher Studying Plants on the Space Station

Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: Sept. 30, 2016, 11-11:45 a.m. EDT

 

Call for Proposals -- NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix C

Audience: Graduate Students

Informational Webinar: Oct. 5, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT

Proposal Deadline: Dec. 15, 2016

 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español

Audience: All Educators and Students

Event Date: Oct. 13, 2016, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT

 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- NASA STARS en Español

Audiencia: Todos Los Educadores y Estudiantes

Fecha del Evento: Octubre 13, 2016, 1-1:45 p.m. EDT

 

U.S. Department of Energy's BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

Audience: Students in Grades 9-12

Registration Deadline: Feb. 3, 2017

Infographic Submission Deadline: March 3, 2017

 

MissionSTEM Video Series -- NASA Innovations Impact the World

Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students

 

 

PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…

 

 

Sign Up for NASA Education 'Science WOW!' Weekly Email Newsletter

Audience: All Educators and Students

 

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

Audience: All Educators

Application Period: Sept. 1-30, 2016

 

2017 BIG Idea Challenge

Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty

Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 30, 2016

Entry Deadline: Nov. 30, 2016

 

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!

Audience: K-12 Educators 

 

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center

Audience: All Educators and Students

Next Event Date: Oct. 1, 2016

 

Celebrate World Space Week 2016

Audience: All Educators 

Event Date: Oct. 4-10, 2016

 

NASA's Centennial Challenges: Space Robotics Challenge

Audience: All Interested U.S. Citizens, Including Higher Education Educators and Students

Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2016

 

Free Educator Professional Development Workshops From NASA's Stennis Space Center Office of Education

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators

Next Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2016

Next Workshop Date: Oct. 13, 2016, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT

Workshop Location: Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi

 

NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Teams for Virtual Robotics Competition!

Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students at Minority Serving Universities and Minority Serving Community Colleges

Application Deadline: Oct. 12, 2016

 

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations

 

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

Audience: Graduate Students and Ph.D. Scientists

Next Application Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

 

2017 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Audience: K-12 Educators 

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Dec. 30, 2016

Event Date: Feb. 9-11, 2017

 

Call for Submissions -- NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations

Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

 

NASA Invites You to #SpotHubble

Audience: All Educators and Students

 

Searchable Portals for Federally Sponsored Opportunities for STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Audience: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students and Higher Education Institutions

 

 

 

Don't miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.

For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA's website:

-- Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html

-- Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

 

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword at http://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

 

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. http://nasawavelength.org/

 

Visit NASA Education on the Web:

NASA Office of Education: http://www.nasa.gov/education

For Educators: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html

For Students: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html

NASA Kids’ Club: http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub

 

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK!

 

 

New Classroom Activity From JPL Education: Stomp Rockets

 

Bring the excitement of rocketry to your classroom with a new activity from the Education team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The "DIY Space: Stomp Rockets" classroom activity is a hands-on way to get students excited about rocketry, the engineering design process and mathematics. 

 

Visit the website for the standards-aligned lesson plan and extension activities, plus video tutorials to help with lesson prep. 

 

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/activity/stomp-rockets

 

 

 

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Releases New "NASA Next" News Magazine for Teens and Educators

 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recently released the second issue of its new online news magazine for teens and educators called “NASA Next.”

 

“NASA Next” breaks down complex science and brings its audience the latest news on Goddard science, including studies of Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. “NASA Next” is interactive with clickable links to other NASA web pages, so readers can learn more about the missions and technologies they come across.

 

The magazine includes articles, fun facts, activities and a For Educators page filled with lesson plans to help incorporate “NASA Next” into the classroom. Educators and scientists review all lesson plans to ensure that the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting and that it meets national and state standards of learning.

 

For more information and to download the latest issue, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-announces-new-issue-of-nasa-next-online-news-for-teens-educators

 

If you have questions about “NASA Next,” please email your inquiries to Sarah Schlieder at sarah.schlieder@nasa.gov.

 

 

 

Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

 

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

 

Seeing Your Students at NASA: Engineering for Mars, Part 2

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-10

Event Date: Sept. 29, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

In Part 2 of this series, educators will review two follow-on classroom activities in which students will work in engineering design teams to test various components of a Mars exploration vehicle. Students will build an electromagnet and electromagnetic motor to learn about magnetism and energy conversion. The facilitation guide will be included to help teachers and students assess their Martian vehicle. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/198528

 

NASA Weathering the Storm -- Earth Right Now: Weather vs. Climate

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8

Event Date: Oct. 3, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

Explore our understanding and forecasting of weather and how weather and climate differ. NASA missions, STEM resources, curriculum, and integration of the Next Generation Science Standards will guide us through a “storm” of classroom activities. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/203186

 

NASA Weathering the Storm -- Earth Right Now: Teacher and Student Digital Badges -- NASA Langley 100th Celebration

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8

Event Date: Oct. 4, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

As part of its 100th Anniversary celebration, NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia has developed three digital badges geared to middle school learning standards. The badges are intended to make real-world connections to the classroom as a way to teach STEM content through the NASA context. This webinar will focus on Earth Right Now teacher and student digital badges that focus on the role of clouds and cloud types in Earth's Energy Budget. This webinar will walk through the NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative digital badge site and introduce the teacher professional development badge as well as digital or printable ways to implement the activities in the classroom. The webinar also will preview the Journey to Mars and Aeronautics digital badges. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/203194

 

NASA Weathering the Storm -- Earth Right Now: Wild Weather Adventure With NASA SciJinks

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-8

Event Date: Oct. 4, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

Explore a selection of images and visualizations of weather, wind, storms and their effects on Earth. SciJinks is a joint NASA/NOAA educational website for school-age children and their educators. The website explores weather and Earth science through articles, videos, images and games. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/203244

 

NASA Weathering the Storm -- Earth Right Now: Tracking Water From Space

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8

Event Date: Oct. 5, 2016, at 7 p.m. EDT

In this webinar, participants will learn ways to use data collected from NASA satellites to track changes in precipitation across the globe. The impact of these changes is felt most strongly in Southern California, so topics such as drought and ground subsistence will be discussed. Classroom activities for students will use data and technology to capture the impact of our changing water availability. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/198563

 

NASA Weathering the Storm -- Earth Right Now: Hurricanes in Your Classroom

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8

Event Date: Oct. 6, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

Explore ways to use real NASA data to explore hurricanes while integrating NASA missions, STEM curriculum, design challenges, online resources and the Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom instruction. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/203187

 

For a full schedule of upcoming webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

 

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

 

 

 

Live Video Chat With Researcher Studying Plants on the Space Station

 

Connect your class with NASA's Digital Learning Network to talk with Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, a research professor from the University of Florida studying plants currently on the International Space Station. This unique platform lets Paul study how plants react to stress with no gravity and provides a window into the origins of adaptive processes. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space manages the U.S. National Laboratory and sponsors this experiment. 

 

The 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Sept. 30, 2016, at 11 a.m. EDT.

 

Ask questions via Twitter using #askDLN or via email to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

 

The DLN currently is accepting requests from middle and high school classes interested in participating interactively during an upcoming CASIS Academy Live Event. 

 

Upcoming CASIS Academy Live Events (Each 45-minute event begins at 11 a.m. ET.):

 

Friday, Oct. 21 -- Freeze Drying in Space, Dr. Jeremy Hinds, Eli Lilly & Co.

Monday, Nov. 28 -- Hard-to-Wet Surfaces in Space, Dr. Ken Savin, Eli Lilly & Co.

Friday, Dec. 9 -- Ants in Space, Dr. Deborah Gordon, Stanford University

 

To be considered, please send an email to dlinfochannel@gmail.com at least two weeks prior to the event. Use "CASIS Academy Live (Event Date)" in the message Subject line and include the following information in the email message:

 

Point of Contact (POC) Name

School Name

POC Email

POC Phone Number

Grade Level of Students Who Will Participate

Approximate Number of Students Who Will Participate

 

Please direct questions about these events to DLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

 

For more information about other DLN events, visit http://www.nasa.gov/dln.

 

 

 

Call for Proposals -- NASA Research Announcement for Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System: Appendix C

 

NASA is seeking ground-based research proposals from graduate students and established researchers to use NASA's Physical Sciences Informatics system to develop new analyses and scientific insights. The PSI system is a resource for researchers to data mine information generated from completed physical sciences experiments performed on the International Space Station or from related ground-based studies.

 

This solicitation appendix focuses on the following five research areas: combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science.

 

For graduate students (students working toward an advanced degree), this NASA Research Announcement is soliciting proposals that advance fundamental research in one of the physical sciences disciplines identified above and also assist in the awarding of an advanced degree to the graduate student. This call is open to students who meet the following eligibility requirements:

 

-- The student is pursuing an advanced degree directly related to a physical sciences discipline. Only technical degrees are permitted (not degrees in policy or management).

-- The student is a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident alien of the U.S., or on a student visa at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission.

-- The student is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission. Or, if the student is an undergraduate starting graduate studies, he or she has been accepted to a master’s or doctoral degree program at an accredited U.S. university at the time of application submission and will start during the next academic year.

-- The student has an academic graduate advisor who will submit the application for the graduate student. The student must perform the proposed research under the guidance of the assigned graduate advisor.

 

The agency expects to make approximately 10 awards in spring 2016. Research and development efforts will take place over two years. The typical award will be $75,000-$100,000 per year, for up to two years. 

 

The deadline for submitting proposals is Dec. 15, 2016.

 

For information, visit http://psi.nasa.gov/

 

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference on Oct. 5, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT. To participate in this WebEx event, navigate to https://nasa.webex.com/ and enter the meeting information: 

Meeting Number: 994 156 009

Meeting Password: $Athena-2016. 

 

To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-6272 and enter the conference passcode 921301#. If you want to submit questions about the  Physical Sciences Informatics system or the NASA Research Announcement before the conference, please send your questions to msfc-dl-psi-support@mail.nasa.gov. For additional information, see the PSI website.

 

Please direct questions about this NASA Research Announcement to Dr. Francis Chiaramonte at francis.p.chiaramonte@nasa.gov

 

 

 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Live Video Chat: NASA STARS en Español

 

Do you want to be one of NASA’s STARS? In this series of live Spanish video chats, "Students Talk About Real STEM" with NASA professionals who work in these areas. Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network and Educator Professional Development Collaborative for an inside look at NASA missions, research and careers. 

 

The next 45-minute event will be webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on Oct. 13, 2016, at 1 p.m. EDT.

 

Submit questions via Twitter using #NASASTARS or via email to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com. Or sign up at https://www.txstate-epdc.net/nasa-stars/ for your class to connect directly.

 

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/dln. Please send questions about this event to astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

 

 

 

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- NASA STARS en Español

 

¿Quieres ser uno de los Astros de NASA? En esta serie de video conferencia en español y en vivo, los estudiantes hablarán de lo que es en realidad STEM (ciencias, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) con profesionales de NASA que están trabajando en estas ramas. Acompaña a los programas de conexión digital de NASA (DLN for sus siglas en inglés) y el programa de colaboraciones de desarrolló profesional educativo (EPDC por sus siglas en inglés) hablando de diferentes misiones, investigaciones, y carreras en NASA.

 

El siguiente programa será transmitido por NASA DLiNfo Channel el 13 de octubre de 2016 a la 1 p.m. EDT.

 

Envia tus preguntas por medio de Twitter usando #NASASTARS ó por correo electrónico astrosdeNASA@gmail.com. O inscribe tu escuela y conectate.

 

Para más información, visite la página http://www.nasa.gov/dln. Escribanos si usted esta interesado en conectarse directo para participar y cualquier pregunta sobre el programa astrosdeNASA@gmail.com.

 

 

 

U.S. Department of Energy's BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

 

Registration is open for the U.S. Department of Energy's BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. This competition challenges teams of high school students to research one of five specific cross-curricular bioenergy topics and design infographics to share what they have learned through social media.

 

Selected infographics will be promoted nationally on the Challenge website and via social media. One team of students will be selected to present their infographic at the Bioenergy Technologies Office's annual conference in Washington, D.C.

 

Registration for student teams closes on Feb. 3, 2017, and teams have until March 3, 2017, to submit their infographics. 

 

For more information, visit http://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/infographic-challenge

 

Check out the interactive BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Map to see submissions from teams across the country from prior years. Put your school on the BioenergizeME map by participating in this year's Challenge.

 

Please direct questions about the Challenge to BioenergizeME@ee.doe.gov.

 

 

 

MissionSTEM Video Series -- NASA Innovations Impact the World

 

NASA is developing vital technologies to send robots and astronauts to deep space destinations while also enhancing our lives here on Earth. These missions provide many exciting opportunities for students and researchers. There has never been a more important moment in history for students to consider obtaining a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, degree.

 

NASA's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity invites you to view the new ’NASA Innovations Impact the World‘ video series at http://missionstem.nasa.gov/innovations/index.html

 

The videos feature prominent NASA scientists and researchers describing how NASA innovations are improving life on Earth in the areas of air travel, energy, information technology, weather forecasting and the environment.

 

NASA's Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity hopes you will find the information insightful and thought-provoking. Questions or commentary may be directed to http://missionstem.nasa.gov/ask.html.

 

 

 

PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…

 

 

Sign Up for NASA Education 'Science WOW!' Weekly Email Newsletter

 

Are you a science educator or interested in science education? Sign up for the NASA Education “Science WOW!” mailing list. Receive an email with NASA’s latest science education offerings delivered “Weekly on Wednesdays.”

 

Science starts with a question, and so does "Science WOW!" Each week's message kicks off with a science question and a link to where you can find the answer. "Science WOW!" also highlights an awesome science education tool each week. These featured resources will include NASA apps, interactive games, 3-D printing templates and more!

 

Plus, "Science WOW!" delivers -- right to your inbox -- the latest science education opportunities offered by NASA. It's a simple way to keep up with the latest professional development webinars, student contests, workshops, lectures and other activities.

 

To register your email address and be added to the list, visit https://www.nasa.gov/education/sciencewow/

 

 

 

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications

 

The NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, will be accepting applications from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2016.

 

Highly motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer SSAs to the public for a one-year, renewable term beginning Jan. 1, 2017. 

 

While applications are being sought nationwide, interested parties from the following areas are especially encouraged to apply: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. SSA hopes to add 100 new volunteers to the program in 2017.

 

To learn more about the SSA Program and to apply online, visit https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm. The Announcement of Opportunity and application form will be available on Sept. 1.

 

If you have questions about this opportunity, contact Kay Ferrari, SSA coordinator, by email at ambassad@jpl.nasa.gov.

 

 

 

2017 BIG Idea Challenge

 

NASA’s Game Changing Development Program and the National Institute of Aerospace announce the 2017 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing Idea Challenge. The BIG Idea Challenge invites teams and their faculty advisors to work together to design and analyze potential modular concepts and systems that provide the ability to construct large solar electric propulsion, or SEP, tugs in space that can transfer payloads for low Earth orbit to a lunar distant retrograde orbit. Concepts can employ new approaches for packaging modules in one or more launch vehicles that minimize launch loads; modular (distributed) solar arrays and ion engines; and robust robotic assembly (joining) of the modules that form the SEP tug.

 

Interested teams of three to five undergraduate and/or graduate students will submit proposals (eight to10 pages) describing their BIG Idea. Based on a review of the proposals, four teams will be selected to submit full technical papers and present their concepts to a panel of NASA judges at the 2017 BIG Idea Forum at NASA's Langley Research Center on Feb. 15 and 16, 2017, in Hampton, Virginia.

 

The final four qualifying teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to facilitate participation in the BIG Idea Forum. The winning team will receive offers to participate in paid internships with the Game Changing Development team at Langley Research Center where they can work toward further developing their concept under the mentorship of NASA experts.

 

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a notice of intent by Sept 30, 2016, and teams must submit proposals by Nov. 30, 2016.

 

For full competition details, including design constraints and submission guidelines, please visit http://BigIdea.nianet.org.

 

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact BigIdea@nianet.org.

 

 

 

Mars Survival Kit: Lessons and Activities to Guide Your Exploration of Mars!

 

NASA is embarking on a journey to Mars! Are your students ready to join in the adventure? Spark excitement in your classroom with the Mars Survival Kit.

 

The Mars Survival Kit is a collection of educational activities for students in grades K-12. Each educational activity includes a brief description, as well as information about how the activities and lessons align to the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Start your classroom's journey to Mars at http://go.nasa.gov/1NnZ0Rg.

 

To learn more about NASA's Journey to Mars, visit http://www.nasa.gov/topics/journeytomars/index.html.

 

 

 

Free Tours of Facilities at NASA's Glenn Research Center

 

NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, is offering tours that take visitors behind the scenes and inside certain research facilities. Glenn scientists and engineers serve as guides. Tours and open house events will be held each month through October 2016. Tours are free for groups and individuals, but reservations are required to guarantee admission. Visitor parking is also free.

 

On the days of the tours, a bus departs from Glenn's main gate every hour, beginning at 10 a.m. The last tour departs at 1 p.m. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes, and a stop at Glenn's Gift Shop follows the tour.

 

Glenn’s 2016 Tour Schedule

 

Oct. 1, 2016 -- Prepare for Impact: Come explore Glenn's Ballistic Impact Facility. See the laboratory that helped to identify the cause of the space shuttle Columbia accident and to return NASA’s shuttle fleet to flight.

 

Tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. To guarantee admission, reservations are required. For more information on tours and how to make reservations, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/events/tours.html

 

Please direct questions about the tours to Sheila Reese at sheila.d.reese@nasa.gov.

 

 

 

Celebrate World Space Week 2016

 

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate the United Nations-declared World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2016. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

 

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 70 nations. During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities to excite students about science and technology.

 

Participating is easy. Visit the World Space Week website to find educational resources to use in the classroom. Share your own lessons and events to get maximum recognition for your school. After your events, visit the website to share details and lessons learned.

 

To learn more about World Space Week, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org.

 

 

 

NASA's Centennial Challenges: Space Robotics Challenge

 

NASA, in partnership with Space Center Houston and NineSigma, has opened registration for a new competition -- the Space Robotics Challenge. This event seeks to develop the capabilities of humanoid robots to help astronauts on the journey to Mars.

 

The Space Robotics Challenge is a $1 million prize competition designed to push the boundaries of robotic dexterity. Teams must program a virtual robot, modeled after NASA’s Robonaut 5, or R5 robot, to complete a series of tasks in a simulation that includes periods of latency to represent communications delay from Earth to Mars.

 

The competition will be held in a virtual environment. Each team’s R5 will be challenged with resolving the aftermath of a dust storm that has damaged a Martian habitat. This involves three objectives: aligning a communications dish, repairing a solar array and fixing a habitat leak.

 

Registration for the Space Robotics Challenge closes at 5 p.m. EDT on Oct. 7, 2016. A qualifying round will run from mid-September to mid-November. Finalists of that round will be announced in December and will engage in open practice from January to early June 2017. The final virtual competition will be held in June 2017, and winners will be announced at the end of June at Space Center Houston.

 

For more information about the Space Robotics Challenge, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacebot.

 

Please direct questions about this competition to info@spaceroboticschallenge.com.

 

 

 

Free Educator Professional Development Workshops From NASA's Stennis Space Center Office of Education

 

NASA's Stennis Space Center Office of Education is presenting a series of free science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educator professional development workshops open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Workshops will be five hours in length and presented at the Infinity Science Center in Pearlington, Mississippi. (Map) Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the workshop description.

 

Space Technology Drives Exploration

Audience: Grades 4-8, In-service, Informal and Pre-service Educators

Registration Deadline: Oct. 9, 2016 (maximum of 30 participants)

Event Date: Oct. 13, 2016, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT

Join us for a fun-filled technology workshop highlighting NASA’s past and present high-tech space exploration initiatives. Hands-on STEM activities will include the use of three-dimensional (3-D) and smart technology, so bring your smart phones and prepare to be amazed! Activities presented will be aligned to Next Generation Science Standards domain of Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science; Engineering Design.

Register Online: https://www.etouches.com/201528

 

Earth Right Now: NASA and Weather

Audience: Grades 4-8, In-service, Informal and Pre-service Educators

Registration Deadline: Nov. 6, 2016 (maximum of 30 participants)

Event Date: Nov. 9, 2016, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT

Explore NASA's role in our understanding and forecasting of weather. Climate, seasons and hurricanes will also be explored as part of this earth science workshop. NASA data, STEM curriculum and resources will guide us through a storm of classroom activities and learning strategies in this unique climate of learning. Join us, rain or shine. Activities presented will be aligned to Next Generation Science Standards domain of Earth and Space Sciences; Earth Systems.

Register Online: https://www.etouches.com/201516

 

For more information on the upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development workshops, visit http://education.ssc.nasa.gov/workshops.asp.

 

 

 

NASA Swarmathon: Seeking College Teams for Virtual Robotics Competition!

 

The NASA Swarmathon is now accepting applications for the 2017 NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition. Selected teams will receive a $500 stipend for their faculty member; training via live webinars, videos and guides; and access to technical forums to post questions and receive answers. The top scoring team will receive a $3,000 prize.

 

The Swarmathon Virtual Competition will challenge students to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms, and these algorithms will be tested by competition organizers in a virtual environment. Winners will be announced at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in April 2017. 

 

Swarmathon participation will (1) improve students’ skills in robotics and computer science and (2) further advance technologies related to future NASA space exploration missions. Faculty members at Minority Serving Universities and Minority Serving Community Colleges are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is Oct. 12, 2016.

 

For more information, visit http://nasaswarmathon.com/

 

Please direct questions about the NASA Swarmathon Virtual Competition to Info@NASASwarmathon.com.

 

 

 

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

 

NASA invites U.S. educational institutions to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets, and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

 

Nonprofit museums, libraries and planetariums (sponsored through their respective State Agency Surplus Property, or SASP, organization) are also eligible to make requests. Visit the link below for special instructions to request items. To find the contact information for the SASP representative for your area, visit http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/100851.

 

A nominal shipping fee must be paid online with a credit card. To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

 

Please direct questions about this opportunity to GSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

 

 

 

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships

 

The NASA Postdoctoral Program provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA's mission. NPP Fellows work on one- to three-year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA's missions in Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management.

 

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and foreign nationals eligible for J-1 status as a research scholar may apply. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but they may apply while completing degree requirements. Applicants who earned the Ph.D. more than five years before the deadline date are categorized as senior fellows; all applicants, no matter their category, must apply and become eligible for an NPP award via the same process.

 

Interested applicants may apply by one of three annual application deadlines: March 1, July 1 and November 1.

 

For more information and application procedures, go to https://npp.usra.edu/.

 

Please direct questions about this fellowship opportunity to npphelp@usra.edu.

 

 

 

2017 Space Exploration Educators Conference

 

Make plans to attend the 23rd Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference to be held Feb. 9-11, 2017, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula. The activities may be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

 

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on exciting projects like the International Space Station and the exploration of Mars and other parts of our solar system. Hear from astronauts who will be “leading the charge” in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

 

For discounted registration, sign up to attend before the Early Bird Registration deadline on Dec. 30, 2016!

 

For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.

 

Please email any questions about the conference to seec@spacecenter.org.

 

 

 

Call for Submissions -- NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

 

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

 

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design, or STEAMD; or activities culturally relevant to or focused on populations underrepresented in STEM careers, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or nonreimbursable Space Act Agreement.

 

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

 

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES at http://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.

 

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the Points of Contact listed within the NASA announcement.

 

 

 

NASA Invites You to #SpotHubble

 

Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has sent back mind-blowing images that not only changed our understanding of our universe, but also changed where we see glimpses of our universe in everyday life.

 

Hubble is more than a science spacecraft; it’s a cultural phenomenon! Take a moment to think about where you’ve seen the Hubble Space Telescope or Hubble images in your daily life. Maybe you own a textbook with a picture of the telescope on the cover, or you walk by a mural inspired by Hubble images every day on your way to work. Perhaps you’ve even created art based on Hubble images. NASA wants to see the Hubble impact in your life! Share your photos with NASA on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.

 

Images may be submitted on the following social media platforms:

 

-- Flickr: Submit your photos to the Spot Hubble Flickr Group.

-- Instagram: Use the Instagram app to upload your photo, and in the description include #SpotHubble and #NASAGoddard.

-- Twitter: Share your image on Twitter and include #SpotHubble in the tweet.

-- Facebook: Share your image on Facebook and include #SpotHubble in the post.

 

Your #SpotHubble image may be shared on NASA Hubble social media accounts!

 

To learn more, visit http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/2016/spothubble.

 

 

 

Searchable Portals for Federally Sponsored Opportunities for STEM Undergraduate and Graduate Students

 

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student seeking opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)? The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science -- in collaboration with the participating agencies in the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) and the Science.gov Alliance -- has launched a search portal for both students and universities to discover federally sponsored STEM education training and funding opportunities.

 

Student users can search the site for opportunities they can apply to directly, such as research internships and fellowships. Likewise, universities can search the site for federal funding opportunities to establish innovative training programs for undergraduates or graduate students.

 

Users can search the site through faceted searching capabilities for characteristics such as program type, STEM discipline, institution location, federal sponsor, and eligibility. Or they can search through the open text option.

 

For programs and opportunities for undergraduates, visit http://stemundergrads.science.gov/

 

For graduate programs and opportunities, visit http://stemgradstudents.science.gov/.

 

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