Science, technology, engineering and math lesson plans, resources and opportunities for teachers, parents and students from NASA and its partners.
Your Virtual Invitation: Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) Launch
NASA’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe. The launch, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, is scheduled to launch no earlier than Dec. 9 from Space Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All resources, participation, and registration are FREE. Register to let NASA know that you're virtually participating!
NASA EXPESS, Dec. 2, 2021 Edition
In this week’s NASA EXPRESS newsletter: -Make a STEM Connection to NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration mission -Celebrate Computer Science Education Week -Check out STEM Webinars -Discover NASA Opportunities for Higher Education Read NASA EXPRESS online or subscribe to recieve it in your inbox. Get Involved with NASA and its partners today!
Ask an Analog Crew Member a Question through a NASA Groundlink!
NASA’s “Groundlink” series connects students with crew inside NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA. Through simulation of long-term human space travel, these crew are on a mission to help scientists learn more about how isolation, confinement, & remote conditions will affect astronauts on future missions. Similar to educational Downlinks, which connect students with astronauts on the International Space Station, Groundlinks give studentsa chance to ask HERA crew their questions.
STEMonstrations: Moment of Inertia
In this STEMonstraion, watch NASA astronauts discuss moment of inertia and how mass distribution affects a rotating object. NASA astronaut Megan McArthur demonstrates the effect of altering her moment of inertia while spinning in the microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station.
Become a Planetary Defender!
Ready to become a Planetary Defender? Planetary defense involves looking for potential asteroids or comets that might impact Earth, and preventing these near-Earth objects from reaching our planet. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) is NASA’s first spacecraft mission developed to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique and is set to launch next week! Take a quick quiz to become a Planetary Defender. #DARTMission
Watch the newest Downlink featuring students from Dallas, Texas!
Watch the newest Downlink featuring students from Dallas, Texas! Want to host a downlink at your school or STEM organization? NASA STEM on Station is accepting proposals to host a downlink during International Space Station Expedition 67, which runs April to October 2022. For more information on how to submit a proposal, visit our website.
Register for the NASA STEM-a-Thon – Happening Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021!
You're invited to NASA’s 2021 virtual STEM-a-Thon: Explore Your Possibilities With NASA event, taking place Thursday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Registration is FREE and open to the public! The STEM-a-Thon will feature live presentations, a career panel, chats with NASA STEM experts, interactive science content, a scavenger hunt experience, trivia, downloadable resources, and more. Content and resources will remain accessible through Friday, Nov. 26. Click the link to register!
NASA EXPRESS for October 28, 2021
This week's STEM newsletter has ways to commemorate this weekend's Commercial Crew launch to the International Space Station and ways to enjoy Halloween NASA style. You'll also find resources to prepare for the launches of the Webb Space Telescope and the Space Launch System rocket. And don’t miss the webinars to preview the new NASA-themed Hour of Code activities with Tynker. Read EXPRESS online or subscribe to receive it in your inbox. Get involved with NASA and its partners today!
Webinar: Return to the Moon With a NASA Hour of Code
Join the Tynker for Schools team and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement for a preview of the Tynker Hour of Code NASA-themed coding and STEM projects for grades K-12. Participants will learn NASA’s plans for upcoming lunar missions, and explore resources, events, and learning opportunities leading up to Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 6-10). Plus, get a sneak peek of Tynker’s live web show: CodeLab, featuring NASA engineers and designers. Register for either the Nov. 4 or Nov. 10 sessions.
Apply by Nov. 19 for Spring '22 Internships
Be an intern at one of NASA's centers in Spring 2022. Get hands-on work experience with a mentor and other leading experts. Go behind the scenes and learn more about your space agency. Participate in unique STEM opportunities that are not just for STEM majors, but also business, education and communication. Become part of an amazing team dedicated to the advancement of space exploration. U.S. citizens may apply by Nov. 19.
Host an Hour of Code on the Moon With NASA and Tynker
Join NASA Virtually to #LaunchAmerica
You are invited to be a virtual guest for the launch of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-3 mission. Register for email updates to let NASA know you’ll be watching the launch. Participants will receive schedule updates and access to related activities and resources (including a boarding pass and a virtual passport stamp for email registrants). Organizations hosting launch-focused events, including school groups and museums, are also encouraged to register.
NASA EXPRESS for October 21, 2021
Do you want to get your students involved in real-world STEM opportunities for elementary, middle or high school students? Would you like to join STEM educator professional development webinars? Are you a student in higher education looking for challenges and research opportunities for undergrads or graduate students, or even postdoctoral fellowship programs? Read EXPRESS online or subscribe to receive the newsletter in your inbox. Get involved with NASA and its partners today!
Lunabotics Junior Contest
NASA and Future Engineers are challenging young innovators to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The Lunabotics Junior Contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers. Entries are due Jan. 25, 2022. Student contest. STEM contest.
#UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge
NASA’s biggest and most powerful space telescope ever is launching soon! What do you think we will discover when we #UnfoldTheUniverse? Show us what you believe the Webb telescope will reveal by creating art. You can draw, paint, sing, write, dance — the universe is the limit!
NASA Halloween 2021 Online
Carve a pumpkin like a NASA engineer or look through an image gallery of out-of-this-world pumpkins. If mechanical pumpkins aren't your thing, decorate your gourd with space-themed stencils. Study your candy bar treats like you are a NASA scientist studying rocks on Earth or Mars. Discover spooky locations throughout the solar system and beyond! Print a planet mask and more! Choose from these online resources to have a spacey Halloween.
NASA EXPRESS for October 14, 2021
Join events that are lunar, Lucy or LEGO related. Participate in challenges for students in 6th grade to college. Register and increase your STEM knowledge with educator professional development webinars. Check out the other resources and opportunities happening this month. Read EXPRESS online or subscribe to receive it in your inbox. Get involved with NASA and its partners today!
Talk to Astronauts on the Space Station via Ham Radio
Host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) event. U.S. schools and education organizations are eligible to apply. Learn the proposal criteria and submit yours before time runs out. View the proposal information and details such as expectations, proposal guidelines and the proposal form and then submit a proposal by Nov. 24, 2021. Real world STEM.
Educator Institute: NASA Makes!
Join NASA STEM Engagement, the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University and Maker Ed for a hands-on, minds-on virtual educator mini-institute to explore how culturally responsive STEM teaching and maker education can be integrated to create meaningful explorations and deeper learning. Register by Oct. 13 for the Oct. 15-16, 2021 event.
NASA EXPRESS for October 7, 2021
Join the event with Vice President Harris! Watch the video to learn how. Apply to videoconference with astronauts on the International Space Station! Join the global party to observe the Moon. This week's NASA STEM EXPRESS has cool things to do. See the many opportunities. Read the newsletter online or subscribe to receive it in your inbox. Get involved with NASA and its partners today!
Earth Science Week: Precipitation Education (Grades K-12)
Use NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission resources for the Earth Science Week 2021 theme: Water Today and for the Future. Teach about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate and the technology and the societal applications of studying them. Resource types include videos, interactives, articles and lesson plans. Each lesson plan is aligned to NGSS and includes student and teacher pages and a slideshow presentation. Some lesson plans include pre/post assessments.