NASA STEM 2020-2021 Funding Opportunity
for HBCUs and PBIs with High School Programs
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
This funding opportunity is offered by Paragon TEC, a NASA support services contractor, in collaboration with the NASA Glenn Research Center (ESS3 Contract #80GRC019D0001 CLIN 3, Task 8). Proposals are being requested from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) with existing high school programs at the time of this solicitation opportunity. The purpose of the program is to offer science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences that connect NASA scientists, engineers, and mission content with eligible programs as part of a collaboration between the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) and NASA’s Next Gen STEM (NGS) opportunities. For this solicitation proposers are to:
- Attend a virtual kick-off/training session;
- Develop a plan to use STEM content in eligible existing programs supporting students in grades 9-12;
- Conduct those NASA-related activities during one of three sessions: Fall – October 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020; Spring – February 1, 2021 – April 16, 2021; or Summer – June 1 – July 19, 2021. (Delays due to the coronavirus may impact the schedule.);
- Participate in a virtual interaction with a NASA scientist or engineer based on selected NASA STEM content;
- Provide feedback on NASA STEM content; and
- Produce a final report – Due January 18, 2021 (Fall session); May 14, 2021 (Spring session); or August 16, 2021 (Summer session).
SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
All applications are to be submitted through the online application form, which is located at
Progress cannot be saved and the application must be completed in one session. Applications may not be revised after submission. Proposers are encouraged to prepare all responses prior to online submission. A copy of the Application Form is available to download for reference before inputting your data into the online form. Only applications submitted through the online form will be accepted.
- Download the Full Solicitation Document
- Download the Reference Copy of the Application Form
- Download the Budget Worksheet
Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2020 (11:59 PM Eastern).
Note: Optional Q&A help in filling out the application
You may register for one of the two webinars below:
Proposal Deadline: August 5, 2020 (11:59 PM Eastern)
Notification of Awards: September 9, 2020
Fall Implementation Dates: October 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020
Kick-off/Training Session: Week of September 14, 2020
Final Report Deadline: January 18, 2021
Spring Implementation Dates: February 1, 2021 – April 16, 2021
Kick-off/Training Session: Week of January 18, 2021
Final Report Deadline: May 14, 2021
Summer Implementation Dates: June 1, 2021 – July 19, 2021
Kick-off/Training Session: Week of May 17, 2021
Final Report Deadline: August 16, 2021
NASA OSTEM CONTENT SUMMARY
NASA’s OSTEM (Office of STEM Engagement) developed STEM products and opportunities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards; these products and opportunities provide a platform for students to experience NASA’s endeavors in exploration and discovery. These mission-driven activities include evidence-based products and opportunities to engage students in authentic STEM experiences. NASA is working to provide mission driven opportunities that enhance STEM literacy and help build a vibrant and diverse next-generation STEM workforce. The following table provides an overview to three content areas: Commercial Crew Program (CCP), Moon to Mars (M2M), and Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE).
Commercial Crew Program (CCP)
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with Boeing and SpaceX to design, develop, and test systems to send astronauts to the International Space Station. NGS CCP has a toolkit of resources for K-12 educators that includes engineering challenges, coding, digital badging, virtual reality, and more. In this content area, two activities are available:
- Crew Orbital Docking (CODing) Simulation [suggested time 1-2 hours]: Students will use Scratch, Snap!, or another programming language to create an interactive simulation of a spacecraft docking to the International Space Station.
- Eggstronaut Parachute Challenge [suggested time 3-5 hours]: Students will design and build parachutes to slow the descent of an egg and minimize the force of impact when landing.
Moon to Mars (M2M)
Next Gen STEM has activities focused on NASA’s Exploration Campaign for Moon to Mars.With a focus on NASA’s integrated transportation systems and platforms, namely the Orion capsule, the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, and the Gateway Lunar Outpost.
- App Development Challenge (ADC) [suggested time 30-40 hours]: Students will code a visualization of the South Pole of the Moon to assist in mission planning and exploration activities. Challenge will take place in Fall 2020.
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE)
The GLOBE Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. In this content area, both activities must be completed together.
- GLOBE Observer App: Land Cover [suggested time 1-2 hours]: By photographing and classifying the land cover over an area the size of a soccer field, students will be assisting those scientists working to enhance global maps of land cover use with a finer spatial resolution than is possible when using satellites alone.
- My NASA Data: Creation of Urban Heat Islands Story Map [suggested time 2-3 hours]: Using various visualizations (i.e., images, charts, and graphs), students will
Applicants are encouraged to visit each link to NASA’s mission-focused activities to learn more about available experiential learning opportunities and available lesson plans. Applicants are also encouraged to integrate content from more than one mission-focused activity.
One unique opportunity available to applicants in the Fall of 2020 is the App Development Challenge (ADC), a coding challenge under the Moon to Mars themed focus area where students take a part directly in the Artemis Generation endeavors to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the next man, on the Moon by 2024. In the 2019 challenge, students designed apps for mobile devices to visualize flight test data from the Ascent Abort-2 mission. The 2020 App Development Challenge will take place in the Fall.
POINT OF CONTACT
For questions regarding this funding opportunity, contact the Paragon TEC Partnership Development Team at GRC-EducationEvaluations@mail.nasa.gov and include the words “Task 8” in the subject line.