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Current Opportunities for Educators

Don't miss out on opportunities available from NASA. Check the link for All Grade Levels, as well as the opportunities links listed in your grade level. Check this page often for new additions.

All Opportunities (listed in order of expiration)

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles. There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.

Family Day -- African American Pioneers in Aviation (All Grade Levels)
Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration during a Family Day on Feb. 28, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Attendees will also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through re-enactments or story times.

NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2015 (Higher Education)
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, in Laurel, Maryland, is offering summer internships for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. A stipend and housing will be provided for the 10-week program. Undergraduates who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors as of fall 2015 and graduate students starting their first or second year in fall 2015 are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2015.

NIFS OSSI -- Summer 2015 Opportunities (Higher Education)
NIFS OSSI provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows, and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply up to15 NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships opportunities. A completed application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors. Applications for summer 2015 opportunities are due March 1, 2015.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due March 1, 2015.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE, program. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. The program is limited to students from the United States. Deadlines for design submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Sports: STEM Is Newton’s Laws at Play (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 2, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. In this session, participants will learn how to use sports to engage students in learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Making connections between sports and STEM is a great way to teach complex concepts through concrete experiences. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 (All Grade Levels)
The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has launched the Engineering for You Video Contest 2, or E4U2. The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Review the challenges and produce a one- to two-minute video showing how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. Videos will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

Call for Papers: Fourth Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (Higher Education)
NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and the American Astronomical Society are seeking abstracts from those interested in presenting at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference. This year's conference will be held July 7-9, 2015, at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Proposal topics are listed on the conference website. Due to the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is March 2, 2015.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation Amendment 8: New Program Element (Higher Education)
The NASA Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, solicits proposals from Minority Serving Institutions, or MSIs, to create and implement a NASA science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, challenge, targeted for MSI participation. MUREP STEM Engagement, or MSE, seeks proposals to support MSIs that demonstrate the potential to increase the number of minority undergraduates in STEM education areas relevant to NASA. Proposals are due March 2, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Hydration Station: The Importance of Hydration in Sports and on the Space Station (Grades K-12)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. How is living in space like playing in an NFL championship football game? Both involve circumstances that cause the body to lose water involuntarily. Astronauts and athletes with low body water can suffer physical impairment that affects their performance. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope’s Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-12 on March 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Explore how the Kepler Telescope searches for planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use actual Kepler Telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet, orbiting a star in another solar system, is a candidate to support “life.” The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (All Grade Levels)
On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A. In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Join NASA's History Program Office for a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. The symposium will take place March 3-4, 2015, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The event will feature keynote addresses and moderated discussion panels.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- NASA eCLIPS: Keeping the Beat -- a Cardiac Relay (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 4, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. Measure and record pulse rate before and after physical activity to learn more about the heart. This elementary STEM activity uses a math model to look for patterns in the pulse rate data. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Parachuting Onto Mars (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-8 on March 4, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Participants will calculate surface area and mass of a spacecraft, and learn the design process behind the parachute system used on NASA spacecraft. A NASA engineer will also participate in this session. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask questions! Several math concepts will be covered. The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats (All Grade Levels)
Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of free informal conversations with astronomy researchers. The astronomers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. The conversations may be on any topic of interest to participants. The chats take place at the museum in the District of Columbia and are scheduled for March 5, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Spaced Out Sports (Grades 5-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 5, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. Learn to apply Newton's Laws of Motion by designing, or redesigning, a game for astronauts to play on the International Space Station. As students design a new sport, they will explore Newton's Laws of Motion and how Earth's gravity affects objects. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Spaced Out Sports (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for 5-8 educators on March 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. EST. “Spaced Out Sports” is a curriculum using a variety of sports clips filmed on Earth and on the International Space Station that will challenge your students to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion. Using a series of classroom activities and career videos, students will discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion can be applied to any sport or physical activity. The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- It’s All in Your Head: NASA Investigates Techniques for Measuring Intracranial Pressure (Grades 5-12)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 9, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how astronauts experience pressure similar to that felt by a person standing on his head. Investigate how noninvasive techniques for measuring intracranial pressure, being studied by NASA, also can be used in sports whose participants are prone to head injuries. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Soccer Ball Aerodynamics and the Forces of Flight (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 10, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. What do planes and soccer balls have in common? Join this session to learn more about the principles of aerodynamics involved in flying. See the aerodynamics test of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer ball. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- NASA Sports Spinoffs (Grades 5-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 11, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Many technologies developed for space, including sunglasses, quartz watches and bar codes, are used on Earth. Learn about a few of the 30,000 commercial applications of space technology that have entered the consumer market since the 1950s. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Live Broadcast of Space Launch System Booster Test Firing (All Grade Levels)
Did you know that NASA is building the largest solid propellant rocket booster in the world? NASA will test this booster, designated Qualification Motor-1, or QM-1, on March 11, 2015, at the Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT. QM-1 is a five-segment solid propellant booster that will help power the Space Launch System that will be used to send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid and Mars. The two-minute test will be streamed online and broadcast on NASA TV.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- International Toys in Space (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 12, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Would you like to see astronauts try to play basketball or soccer in space? Join the fun for these hands-on, minds-on physics lessons in space. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have made significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" Family Day taking place March 14, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program (Higher Education)
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for summer 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications for summer 2015 internships are due March 15, 2015.

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship (Higher Education)
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Applications are due March 16, 2015.

Library of Congress 2015 Summer Institutes -- Teaching With Primary Sources (Grades K-12)
The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its summer program for K-12 educators. The week-long programs in the District of Columbia focus on strategies for teaching with primary sources. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Applications are due March 24, 2015, and require a letter of recommendation.

Free ESTEEM ‘Ask US’ Webinar -- Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Great Plains (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on March 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will explore the National Climate Assessment, which summarizes the impact of climate change on the U.S. Learn about educator resources that will help you bring this topic into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analyses, and share visualizations and citizen science projects.

Free Lecture -- Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (All Grade Levels)
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced by the space shuttle. On March 26, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will discuss the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, during which the crew upgraded Hubble through a record-setting series of five spacewalks including the first ever to repair Hubble science instruments in place. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 NASA Scholarship -- Minority University Research Education Project (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, scholarship program. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines attending an accredited United States minority serving institution. The scholarship includes 75% of tuition up to $9,000 per academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a summer internship. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

2015 NASA Office of Education -- Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship, or AUS, program. The Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students majoring in aeronautics-related fields. The scholarship includes 75% of tuition up to $9,000 per academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a summer internship. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

2015 LiftOff Summer Institute (Grades K-12)
The 2015 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong professional development training sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium. This year's event will be held June 28-July 3, 2015, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The theme is "Living in Freefall" and will focus on the International Space Station and what it's like to live and work in space. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12 with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute. Applications are due April 1, 2015.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 2015 Faculty Research Program (Higher Education)
NASA's JPL Faculty Research Program provides opportunities for science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to a faculty member and a JPL researcher. Applicants must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program awards $15,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

Scholarships Available for 2015 U.S. Space & Rocket Center® STEMcon (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is offering scholarships to educators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's five-state region to attend a four-day professional development session featuring NASA-focused STEM content and resources. Educators will participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote lifelong learning. Sessions will take place June 4-7 and July 9-12, 2015. STEM educators of students ages 10-14 in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Tennessee are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 3, 2015.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launches Hands-On Field Campaign for Students With GLOBE (Grades K-12 and Informal)
This spring, students worldwide are invited to grab rain gauges and learn how scientists use ground measurements to validate satellite precipitation data. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission is partnering with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program to conduct a field campaign where students will measure rain and snow in their hometowns through April 15, 2015, and then analyze the data. Supporting education resources are available online.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity (All Grade Levels)
ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 1-June 30, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Proposals are due April 15, 2015.

RockOn 2015 University Rocket Science Workshop (Higher Education)
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2015 workshop June 20-25, 2015, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. University and community college faculty and students are invited to the weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. Participants at the hands-on workshop will build an experiment that will be launched to an altitude of more than 70 miles. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2015.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation – New MUREP ASTAR Fellowship Appendix (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the EONS (Education Opportunities in NASA STEM) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP ASTAR (Advanced STEM Training and Research) Fellowships appendix. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual research experience at a NASA center. Fellowship awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

NASA History Program Office Fall 2015 Internships (Higher Education)
The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2015 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. The division edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites and social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Applications are due June 1, 2015.

2015 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program (Higher Education)
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Fellowship Program. The one-year fellowships are available in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Applicants must submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution. This year's applicants also can request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia. The application deadline is June 5, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe (All Grade Levels
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy (All Grade Levels)
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due July 1, 2015.

2015 Lunar Workshop for Educators (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. Each workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. Attendees will tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities. The workshops will take place July 6-10, 2015, and July 13-17, 2015, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2015.

NASA's Cube Quest Challenge (Higher Education)
Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, advancing communication and propulsion technology for CubeSats. Competitors can win a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to fly their own CubeSat to deep space. Teams can compete to be a secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket, or launch themselves with an independent launch provider. Check the Cube Quest Challenge website for additional information.

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015 (Higher Education)
Design it. Build it. Dig it. The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be held May 18-22, 2015, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NASA's Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students, enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Teams are challenged to design and build a mining robot that can traverse simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. Registration is now open and limited to 50 teams.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition (All Grade Levels)
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective! (All Grade Levels)
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

New Horizons Kids Club
New Horizons wasn't the only voyage launched on January 19, 2006. The New Horizons team welcomes five new "Pluto Pals." The five students were born on the same day the spacecraft started on its historic journey the outer solar system.

Teacher and Student Opportunity: Ames Education Associates Project (Higher Education)
The Ames Education Associates Program is a unique experiential learning program that provides students or faculty members at U.S. colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows and active K-12 teachers the opportunity to "experience NASA." Educational Associates will participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility for a minimum of two months, and a maximum of 12. The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.

Mars Student Imaging Project (Grades 5-12)
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand new image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Applications are being accepted now.

Youth For Understanding USA (Grades 9-12)
Youth For Understanding, or YFU, USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs, is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited about learning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annual scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad. YFU also seeks host families and mentors nationwide for international exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide. For more on YFU opportunities, visit http://www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural and professional exchanges across the world and also for American citizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/us. Join in the fun and make a difference!

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.

Rock Around the World (Grades K-4)
Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet. Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom from your region of the world, and we will use a special tool like the one on the rover to tell you what it's made of. Then everyone can compare their rocks to the ones found on Mars.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare (All Grade Levels)
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Discovery Dome Loaner Program (Informal Education)
Thanks to NASA support from the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, museums, science centers, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations are eligible for a free monthlong Discovery Dome loan. The dome includes the show "We Choose Space," but will also include other NASA-sponsored planetarium shows and software. Preference will be given to rural sites, sites more than 100 miles from a digital planetarium and sites serving minority groups.

Host a "From Earth to the Solar System" Exhibit (Informal Educators)
Celebrate NASA's Year of the Solar System by hosting a "From Earth to the Solar System" exhibit. This collection of high-resolution images showcases the excitement of planetary exploration. The images are freely available to organizations worldwide to host their own exhibitions. The artistic and informative images weave together themes in astrobiology, planetary science and astronomy. The collection represents the current state of exploration as seen through the eyes of the scientific community.
 

Grades K-4

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles. There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.

Family Day -- African American Pioneers in Aviation (All Grade Levels)
Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration during a Family Day on Feb. 28, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Attendees will also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through re-enactments or story times.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Sports: STEM Is Newton’s Laws at Play (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 2, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. In this session, participants will learn how to use sports to engage students in learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Making connections between sports and STEM is a great way to teach complex concepts through concrete experiences. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 (All Grade Levels)
The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has launched the Engineering for You Video Contest 2, or E4U2. The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Review the challenges and produce a one- to two-minute video showing how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. Videos will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Hydration Station: The Importance of Hydration in Sports and on the Space Station (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. How is living in space like playing in an NFL championship football game? Both involve circumstances that cause the body to lose water involuntarily. Astronauts and athletes with low body water can suffer physical impairment that affects their performance. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (All Grade Levels)
On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A. In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Join NASA's History Program Office for a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. The symposium will take place March 3-4, 2015, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The event will feature keynote addresses and moderated discussion panels.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- NASA eCLIPS: Keeping the Beat -- a Cardiac Relay (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 4, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. Measure and record pulse rate before and after physical activity to learn more about the heart. This elementary STEM activity uses a math model to look for patterns in the pulse rate data. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats (All Grade Levels)
Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of free informal conversations with astronomy researchers. The astronomers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. The conversations may be on any topic of interest to participants. The chats take place at the museum in the District of Columbia and are scheduled for March 5, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Soccer Ball Aerodynamics and the Forces of Flight (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 10, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. What do planes and soccer balls have in common? Join this session to learn more about the principles of aerodynamics involved in flying. See the aerodynamics test of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer ball. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Live Broadcast of Space Launch System Booster Test Firing (All Grade Levels)
Did you know that NASA is building the largest solid propellant rocket booster in the world? NASA will test this booster, designated Qualification Motor-1, or QM-1, on March 11, 2015, at the Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT. QM-1 is a five-segment solid propellant booster that will help power the Space Launch System that will be used to send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid and Mars. The two-minute test will be streamed online and broadcast on NASA TV.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- International Toys in Space (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 12, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Would you like to see astronauts try to play basketball or soccer in space? Join the fun for these hands-on, minds-on physics lessons in space. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have made significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" Family Day taking place March 14, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Library of Congress 2015 Summer Institutes -- Teaching With Primary Sources (Grades K-12)
The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its summer program for K-12 educators. The week-long programs in the District of Columbia focus on strategies for teaching with primary sources. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Applications are due March 24, 2015, and require a letter of recommendation.

Free ESTEEM ‘Ask US’ Webinar -- Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Great Plains (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on March 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will explore the National Climate Assessment, which summarizes the impact of climate change on the U.S. Learn about educator resources that will help you bring this topic into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analyses, and share visualizations and citizen science projects.

Free Lecture -- Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (All Grade Levels)
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced by the space shuttle. On March 26, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will discuss the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, during which the crew upgraded Hubble through a record-setting series of five spacewalks including the first ever to repair Hubble science instruments in place. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 LiftOff Summer Institute (Grades K-12)
The 2015 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong professional development training sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium. This year's event will be held June 28-July 3, 2015, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The theme is "Living in Freefall" and will focus on the International Space Station and what it's like to live and work in space. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12 with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute. Applications are due April 1, 2015.

Scholarships Available for 2015 U.S. Space & Rocket Center® STEMcon (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is offering scholarships to educators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's five-state region to attend a four-day professional development session featuring NASA-focused STEM content and resources. Educators will participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote lifelong learning. Sessions will take place June 4-7 and July 9-12, 2015. STEM educators of students ages 10-14 in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Tennessee are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 3, 2015.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launches Hands-On Field Campaign for Students With GLOBE (Grades K-12 and Informal)
This spring, students worldwide are invited to grab rain gauges and learn how scientists use ground measurements to validate satellite precipitation data. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission is partnering with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program to conduct a field campaign where students will measure rain and snow in their hometowns through April 15, 2015, and then analyze the data. Supporting education resources are available online.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity (All Grade Levels)
ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 1-June 30, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Proposals are due April 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe (All Grade Levels
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy (All Grade Levels
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition (All Grade Levels)
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective! (All Grade Levels)
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

New Horizons Kids Club (Grades K-4)
New Horizons wasn't the only voyage launched on Janurary 19, 2006. The New Horizons team welcomes five new "Pluto Pals." The five students were born on the same day the spacecraft started on its historic journey the outer solar system.

Teacher and Student Opportunity: Ames Education Associates Project (Grades K-12 and Higher Education)
The Ames Education Associates Program is a unique experiential learning program that provides students or faculty members at U.S. colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows and active K-12 teachers the opportunity to "experience NASA." Educational Associates will participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility for a minimum of two months, and a maximum of 12. The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare (All Grade Levels)
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.

Rock Around the World (Grades K-4)
Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet. Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom from your region of the world, and we will use a special tool like the one on the rover to tell you what it's made of. Then everyone can compare their rocks to the ones found on Mars.
 

Grades 5-8

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles. There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.

Family Day -- African American Pioneers in Aviation (All Grade Levels)
Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration during a Family Day on Feb. 28, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Attendees will also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through re-enactments or story times.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE, program. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. The program is limited to students from the United States. Deadlines for design submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Sports: STEM Is Newton’s Laws at Play (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 2, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. In this session, participants will learn how to use sports to engage students in learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Making connections between sports and STEM is a great way to teach complex concepts through concrete experiences. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 (All Grade Levels)
The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has launched the Engineering for You Video Contest 2, or E4U2. The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Review the challenges and produce a one- to two-minute video showing how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. Videos will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Hydration Station: The Importance of Hydration in Sports and on the Space Station (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. How is living in space like playing in an NFL championship football game? Both involve circumstances that cause the body to lose water involuntarily. Astronauts and athletes with low body water can suffer physical impairment that affects their performance. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope’s Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-12 on March 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Explore how the Kepler Telescope searches for planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use actual Kepler Telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet, orbiting a star in another solar system, is a candidate to support “life.” The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (All Grade Levels)
On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A. In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Join NASA's History Program Office for a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. The symposium will take place March 3-4, 2015, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The event will feature keynote addresses and moderated discussion panels.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- NASA eCLIPS: Keeping the Beat -- a Cardiac Relay (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 4, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. Measure and record pulse rate before and after physical activity to learn more about the heart. This elementary STEM activity uses a math model to look for patterns in the pulse rate data. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Parachuting Onto Mars (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-8 on March 4, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Participants will calculate surface area and mass of a spacecraft, and learn the design process behind the parachute system used on NASA spacecraft. A NASA engineer will also participate in this session. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask questions! Several math concepts will be covered. The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats (All Grade Levels)
Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of free informal conversations with astronomy researchers. The astronomers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. The conversations may be on any topic of interest to participants. The chats take place at the museum in the District of Columbia and are scheduled for March 5, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Spaced Out Sports (Grades 5-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 5, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. Learn to apply Newton's Laws of Motion by designing, or redesigning, a game for astronauts to play on the International Space Station. As students design a new sport, they will explore Newton's Laws of Motion and how Earth's gravity affects objects. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Spaced Out Sports (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for 5-8 educators on March 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. EST. “Spaced Out Sports” is a curriculum using a variety of sports clips filmed on Earth and on the International Space Station that will challenge your students to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion. Using a series of classroom activities and career videos, students will discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion can be applied to any sport or physical activity. The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- It’s All in Your Head: NASA Investigates Techniques for Measuring Intracranial Pressure (Grades 5-12)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 9, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how astronauts experience pressure similar to that felt by a person standing on his head. Investigate how noninvasive techniques for measuring intracranial pressure, being studied by NASA, also can be used in sports whose participants are prone to head injuries. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Soccer Ball Aerodynamics and the Forces of Flight (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 10, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. What do planes and soccer balls have in common? Join this session to learn more about the principles of aerodynamics involved in flying. See the aerodynamics test of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer ball. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- NASA Sports Spinoffs (Grades 5-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 11, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Many technologies developed for space, including sunglasses, quartz watches and bar codes, are used on Earth. Learn about a few of the 30,000 commercial applications of space technology that have entered the consumer market since the 1950s. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Live Broadcast of Space Launch System Booster Test Firing (All Grade Levels)
Did you know that NASA is building the largest solid propellant rocket booster in the world? NASA will test this booster, designated Qualification Motor-1, or QM-1, on March 11, 2015, at the Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT. QM-1 is a five-segment solid propellant booster that will help power the Space Launch System that will be used to send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid and Mars. The two-minute test will be streamed online and broadcast on NASA TV.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- International Toys in Space (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 12, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Would you like to see astronauts try to play basketball or soccer in space? Join the fun for these hands-on, minds-on physics lessons in space. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have made significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" Family Day taking place March 14, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Library of Congress 2015 Summer Institutes -- Teaching With Primary Sources (Grades K-12)
The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its summer program for K-12 educators. The week-long programs in the District of Columbia focus on strategies for teaching with primary sources. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Applications are due March 24, 2015, and require a letter of recommendation.

Free ESTEEM ‘Ask US’ Webinar -- Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Great Plains (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on March 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will explore the National Climate Assessment, which summarizes the impact of climate change on the U.S. Learn about educator resources that will help you bring this topic into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analyses, and share visualizations and citizen science projects.

Free Lecture -- Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (All Grade Levels)
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced by the space shuttle. On March 26, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will discuss the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, during which the crew upgraded Hubble through a record-setting series of five spacewalks including the first ever to repair Hubble science instruments in place. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 LiftOff Summer Institute (Grades K-12)
The 2015 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong professional development training sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium. This year's event will be held June 28-July 3, 2015, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The theme is "Living in Freefall" and will focus on the International Space Station and what it's like to live and work in space. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12 with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute. Applications are due April 1, 2015.

Scholarships Available for 2015 U.S. Space & Rocket Center® STEMcon (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is offering scholarships to educators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's five-state region to attend a four-day professional development session featuring NASA-focused STEM content and resources. Educators will participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote lifelong learning. Sessions will take place June 4-7 and July 9-12, 2015. STEM educators of students ages 10-14 in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Tennessee are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 3, 2015.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launches Hands-On Field Campaign for Students With GLOBE (Grades K-12 and Informal)
This spring, students worldwide are invited to grab rain gauges and learn how scientists use ground measurements to validate satellite precipitation data. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission is partnering with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program to conduct a field campaign where students will measure rain and snow in their hometowns through April 15, 2015, and then analyze the data. Supporting education resources are available online.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity (All Grade Levels)
ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 1-June 30, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Proposals are due April 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe (All Grade Levels
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy (All Grade Levels
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 Lunar Workshop for Educators (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. Each workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. Attendees will tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities. The workshops will take place July 6-10, 2015, and July 13-17, 2015, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition (All Grade Levels)
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective! (All Grade Levels)
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

Teacher and Student Opportunity: Ames Education Associates Project (Grades K-12 and Higher Education)
The Ames Education Associates Program is a unique experiential learning program that provides students or faculty members at U.S. colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows and active K-12 teachers the opportunity to "experience NASA." Educational Associates will participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility for a minimum of two months, and a maximum of 12. The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.

Mars Student Imaging Project (Grades 5-12)
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand new image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Applications are being accepted now.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare (All Grade Levels)
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.
 

Grades 9-12

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles. There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.

Family Day -- African American Pioneers in Aviation (All Grade Levels)
Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration during a Family Day on Feb. 28, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Attendees will also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through re-enactments or story times.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE, program. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. The program is limited to students from the United States. Deadlines for design submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2015.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 (All Grade Levels)
The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has launched the Engineering for You Video Contest 2, or E4U2. The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Review the challenges and produce a one- to two-minute video showing how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. Videos will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- Hydration Station: The Importance of Hydration in Sports and on the Space Station (Grades K-8)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a virtual professional development webinar for educators on March 3, 2015, at 4 p.m. EST. How is living in space like playing in an NFL championship football game? Both involve circumstances that cause the body to lose water involuntarily. Astronauts and athletes with low body water can suffer physical impairment that affects their performance. Visit the website to register for this free hourlong event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Free Webinar -- Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope’s Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-12 on March 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Explore how the Kepler Telescope searches for planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use actual Kepler Telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet, orbiting a star in another solar system, is a candidate to support “life.” The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (All Grade Levels)
On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A. In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Join NASA's History Program Office for a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. The symposium will take place March 3-4, 2015, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The event will feature keynote addresses and moderated discussion panels.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats (All Grade Levels)
Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of free informal conversations with astronomy researchers. The astronomers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. The conversations may be on any topic of interest to participants. The chats take place at the museum in the District of Columbia and are scheduled for March 5, 2015.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- It’s All in Your Head: NASA Investigates Techniques for Measuring Intracranial Pressure (Grades 5-12)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 9, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how astronauts experience pressure similar to that felt by a person standing on his head. Investigate how noninvasive techniques for measuring intracranial pressure, being studied by NASA, also can be used in sports whose participants are prone to head injuries. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Live Broadcast of Space Launch System Booster Test Firing (All Grade Levels)
Did you know that NASA is building the largest solid propellant rocket booster in the world? NASA will test this booster, designated Qualification Motor-1, or QM-1, on March 11, 2015, at the Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT. QM-1 is a five-segment solid propellant booster that will help power the Space Launch System that will be used to send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid and Mars. The two-minute test will be streamed online and broadcast on NASA TV.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have made significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" Family Day taking place March 14, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Library of Congress 2015 Summer Institutes -- Teaching With Primary Sources (Grades K-12)
The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its summer program for K-12 educators. The week-long programs in the District of Columbia focus on strategies for teaching with primary sources. Educators and school librarians of all grade levels and subject areas are encouraged to apply. Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Applications are due March 24, 2015, and require a letter of recommendation.

Free ESTEEM ‘Ask US’ Webinar -- Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Great Plains (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on March 26, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will explore the National Climate Assessment, which summarizes the impact of climate change on the U.S. Learn about educator resources that will help you bring this topic into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analyses, and share visualizations and citizen science projects.

Free Lecture -- Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (All Grade Levels)
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced by the space shuttle. On March 26, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will discuss the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, during which the crew upgraded Hubble through a record-setting series of five spacewalks including the first ever to repair Hubble science instruments in place. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 LiftOff Summer Institute (Grades K-12)
The 2015 LiftOff Summer Institute is a weeklong professional development training sponsored by NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium. This year's event will be held June 28-July 3, 2015, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The theme is "Living in Freefall" and will focus on the International Space Station and what it's like to live and work in space. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed as classroom teachers of grades 4-12 with at least one year teaching experience prior to the institute. Applications are due April 1, 2015.

Scholarships Available for 2015 U.S. Space & Rocket Center® STEMcon (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center® is offering scholarships to educators from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center's five-state region to attend a four-day professional development session featuring NASA-focused STEM content and resources. Educators will participate in astronaut-style training and simulations, along with activities designed to promote lifelong learning. Sessions will take place June 4-7 and July 9-12, 2015. STEM educators of students ages 10-14 in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa and Tennessee are eligible to apply. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on April 3, 2015.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launches Hands-On Field Campaign for Students With GLOBE (Grades K-12 and Informal)
This spring, students worldwide are invited to grab rain gauges and learn how scientists use ground measurements to validate satellite precipitation data. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission is partnering with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program to conduct a field campaign where students will measure rain and snow in their hometowns through April 15, 2015, and then analyze the data. Supporting education resources are available online.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity (All Grade Levels)
ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 1-June 30, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Proposals are due April 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe (All Grade Levels
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy (All Grade Levels
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 Lunar Workshop for Educators (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. Each workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. Attendees will tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities. The workshops will take place July 6-10, 2015, and July 13-17, 2015, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition (All Grade Levels)
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective! (All Grade Levels)
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

Teacher and Student Opportunity: Ames Education Associates Project (Grades K-12 and Higher Education)
The Ames Education Associates Program is a unique experiential learning program that provides students or faculty members at U.S. colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows and active K-12 teachers the opportunity to "experience NASA." Educational Associates will participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility for a minimum of two months, and a maximum of 12. The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Youth For Understanding USA (Grades 9-12)
Youth For Understanding, or YFU, USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs, is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited about learning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annual scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad. YFU also seeks host families and mentors nationwide for international exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide. For more on YFU opportunities, visit http://www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural and professional exchanges across the world and also for American citizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/us. Join in the fun and make a difference!

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare (All Grade Levels)
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Mars Student Imaging Project (Grades 5-12)
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand new image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Applications are being accepted now.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.
 

Higher Education

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles. There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.

Family Day -- African American Pioneers in Aviation (All Grade Levels)
Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration during a Family Day on Feb. 28, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Attendees will also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through re-enactments or story times.

NASA/Applied Physics Laboratory Summer Internship 2015 (Higher Education)
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, in Laurel, Maryland, is offering summer internships for students interested in working on NASA missions or space-related research opportunities. A stipend and housing will be provided for the 10-week program. Undergraduates who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors as of fall 2015 and graduate students starting their first or second year in fall 2015 are eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2015.

NIFS OSSI -- Summer 2015 Opportunities (Higher Education)
NIFS OSSI provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows, and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply up to15 NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships opportunities. A completed application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors. Applications for summer 2015 opportunities are due March 1, 2015.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due March 1, 2015.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 (All Grade Levels)
The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has launched the Engineering for You Video Contest 2, or E4U2. The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Review the challenges and produce a one- to two-minute video showing how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. Videos will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

Call for Papers: Fourth Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (Higher Education)
NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space and the American Astronomical Society are seeking abstracts from those interested in presenting at the annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference. This year's conference will be held July 7-9, 2015, at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. Proposal topics are listed on the conference website. Due to the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is March 2, 2015.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation Amendment 8: New Program Element (Higher Education)
The NASA Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, solicits proposals from Minority Serving Institutions, or MSIs, to create and implement a NASA science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, challenge, targeted for MSI participation. MUREP STEM Engagement, or MSE, seeks proposals to support MSIs that demonstrate the potential to increase the number of minority undergraduates in STEM education areas relevant to NASA. Proposals are due March 2, 2015.

The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (All Grade Levels)
On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A. In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Join NASA's History Program Office for a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. The symposium will take place March 3-4, 2015, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The event will feature keynote addresses and moderated discussion panels.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats (All Grade Levels)
Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of free informal conversations with astronomy researchers. The astronomers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. The conversations may be on any topic of interest to participants. The chats take place at the museum in the District of Columbia and are scheduled for March 5, 2015.

Live Broadcast of Space Launch System Booster Test Firing (All Grade Levels)
Did you know that NASA is building the largest solid propellant rocket booster in the world? NASA will test this booster, designated Qualification Motor-1, or QM-1, on March 11, 2015, at the Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT. QM-1 is a five-segment solid propellant booster that will help power the Space Launch System that will be used to send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid and Mars. The two-minute test will be streamed online and broadcast on NASA TV.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have made significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" Family Day taking place March 14, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Summer 2015 Policy Internship Program (Higher Education)
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for summer 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications for summer 2015 internships are due March 15, 2015.

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship (Higher Education)
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Applications are due March 16, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (All Grade Levels)
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced by the space shuttle. On March 26, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will discuss the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, during which the crew upgraded Hubble through a record-setting series of five spacewalks including the first ever to repair Hubble science instruments in place. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

2015 NASA Scholarship -- Minority University Research Education Project (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, scholarship program. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines attending an accredited United States minority serving institution. The scholarship includes 75% of tuition up to $9,000 per academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a summer internship. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

2015 NASA Office of Education -- Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship, or AUS, program. The Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students majoring in aeronautics-related fields. The scholarship includes 75% of tuition up to $9,000 per academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a summer internship. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 2015 Faculty Research Program (Higher Education)
NASA's JPL Faculty Research Program provides opportunities for science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to a faculty member and a JPL researcher. Applicants must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program awards $15,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity (All Grade Levels)
ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 1-June 30, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Proposals are due April 15, 2015.

RockOn 2015 University Rocket Science Workshop (Higher Education)
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2015 workshop June 20-25, 2015, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. University and community college faculty and students are invited to the weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. Participants at the hands-on workshop will build an experiment that will be launched to an altitude of more than 70 miles. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2015.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation – New MUREP ASTAR Fellowship Appendix (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the EONS (Education Opportunities in NASA STEM) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP ASTAR (Advanced STEM Training and Research) Fellowships appendix. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual research experience at a NASA center. Fellowship awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

NASA History Program Office Fall 2015 Internships (Higher Education)
The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2015 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. The division edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites and social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Applications are due June 1, 2015.

2015 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program (Higher Education)
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Fellowship Program. The one-year fellowships are available in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Applicants must submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution. This year's applicants also can request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia. The application deadline is June 5, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe (All Grade Levels
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy (All Grade Levels
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due July 1, 2015.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2015.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition (All Grade Levels)
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

NASA's Cube Quest Challenge (Higher Education)
Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, advancing communication and propulsion technology for CubeSats. Competitors can win a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to fly their own CubeSat to deep space. Teams can compete to be a secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket, or launch themselves with an independent launch provider. Check the Cube Quest Challenge website for additional information.

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015 (Higher Education)
Design it. Build it. Dig it. The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be held May 18-22, 2015, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NASA's Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students, enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Teams are challenged to design and build a mining robot that can traverse simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. Registration is now open and limited to 50 teams.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective! (All Grade Levels)
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare (All Grade Levels)
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Teacher and Student Opportunity: Ames Education Associates Project (Grades K-12 and Higher Education)
The Ames Education Associates Program is a unique experiential learning program that provides students or faculty members at U.S. colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows and active K-12 teachers the opportunity to "experience NASA." Educational Associates will participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility for a minimum of two months, and a maximum of 12. The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.
 

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles and other special items offered on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles. There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.

Family Day -- African American Pioneers in Aviation (All Grade Levels)
Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration during a Family Day on Feb. 28, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments. Attendees will also learn about inspiring historic figures like Bessie Coleman through re-enactments or story times.

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE, program. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. The program is limited to students from the United States. Deadlines for design submissions are March 1 and April 1, 2015.

Engineering for You Video Contest 2 (All Grade Levels)
The National Academy of Engineering, or NAE, has launched the Engineering for You Video Contest 2, or E4U2. The NAE has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Review the challenges and produce a one- to two-minute video showing how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world. Videos will be accepted through March 2, 2015.

Free Webinar -- Here an Earth, There an Earth, Everywhere an Earth: The Kepler Telescope’s Search for Planets Beyond Our Solar System (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-12 on March 3, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Explore how the Kepler Telescope searches for planets orbiting other stars. Participants will learn how to use actual Kepler Telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet, orbiting a star in another solar system, is a candidate to support “life.” The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (All Grade Levels)
On March 3, 1915, Congress established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or N-A-C-A. In 1958, the NACA's staff, research facilities and know-how were transitioned to the new NASA. Join NASA's History Program Office for a special symposium to commemorate a century of aerospace research and development. The symposium will take place March 3-4, 2015, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The event will feature keynote addresses and moderated discussion panels.

Free Webinar -- Parachuting Onto Mars (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators of grades 6-8 on March 4, 2015, at 6 p.m. EST. Participants will calculate surface area and mass of a spacecraft, and learn the design process behind the parachute system used on NASA spacecraft. A NASA engineer will also participate in this session. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to ask questions! Several math concepts will be covered. The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Presents Astronomy Chats (All Grade Levels)
Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a series of free informal conversations with astronomy researchers. The astronomers work at a variety of institutions, including the Smithsonian, NASA, Harvard University and the U.S. Naval Research Lab. The conversations may be on any topic of interest to participants. The chats take place at the museum in the District of Columbia and are scheduled for March 5, 2015.

Free Webinar -- Spaced Out Sports (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for 5-8 educators on March 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. EST. “Spaced Out Sports” is a curriculum using a variety of sports clips filmed on Earth and on the International Space Station that will challenge your students to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion. Using a series of classroom activities and career videos, students will discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion can be applied to any sport or physical activity. The webinar room opens approximately 15 minutes before start time. Sign in as a guest using your first and last names.

Free ‘NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports’ Webinar -- It’s All in Your Head: NASA Investigates Techniques for Measuring Intracranial Pressure (Grades 5-12)
Kick off your classroom activities with “NASA STEM Mania: STEM in Sports”! Join NASA for a professional development webinar for educators on March 9, 2015, at 4 p.m. EDT. Learn how astronauts experience pressure similar to that felt by a person standing on his head. Investigate how noninvasive techniques for measuring intracranial pressure, being studied by NASA, also can be used in sports whose participants are prone to head injuries. Visit the website to register for this free one-hour event and to learn more about upcoming webinars in this series.

Live Broadcast of Space Launch System Booster Test Firing (All Grade Levels)
Did you know that NASA is building the largest solid propellant rocket booster in the world? NASA will test this booster, designated Qualification Motor-1, or QM-1, on March 11, 2015, at the Orbital ATK test facility in Promontory, Utah. The test is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. EDT. QM-1 is a five-segment solid propellant booster that will help power the Space Launch System that will be used to send humans to deep space destinations like an asteroid and Mars. The two-minute test will be streamed online and broadcast on NASA TV.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have made significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" Family Day taking place March 14, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them.

Free Lecture -- Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (All Grade Levels)
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced by the space shuttle. On March 26, 2015, former astronaut Michael J. Massimino will discuss the final Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission, during which the crew upgraded Hubble through a record-setting series of five spacewalks including the first ever to repair Hubble science instruments in place. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement Mission Launches Hands-On Field Campaign for Students With GLOBE (Grades K-12 and Informal)
This spring, students worldwide are invited to grab rain gauges and learn how scientists use ground measurements to validate satellite precipitation data. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement, or GPM, mission is partnering with the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, program to conduct a field campaign where students will measure rain and snow in their hometowns through April 15, 2015, and then analyze the data. Supporting education resources are available online.

Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity (All Grade Levels)
ARISS-US is now accepting proposals from U.S. schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, or ARISS, contact between Jan. 1-June 30, 2016. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS-US is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes long. Proposals are due April 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe (All Grade Levels
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy (All Grade Levels
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition (All Grade Levels)
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective! (All Grade Levels)
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
Join the Passport to Explore Space program! Your mission is to visit all 14 visitor centers and space shuttle locations. Each NASA Visitor Center offers a unique focus and scope of work, contributing to the overall mission of America’s space program. Membership in the free program includes an official 8-page Passport to Explore Space that you can get stamped at each site. Members receive discounts on admission, tours, food and retail at participating locations in addition to stamped certification of visits and a newsletter.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Dawn Mission invites you to investigate and analyze high-resolution Dawn images of the giant asteroid Vesta, including craters and other features, from your own computer. The Dawn Mission's spacecraft has gathered intriguing data, including tens of thousands of images, more than the Dawn team has time to analyze in detail. That's where you come in. Register today to help the Dawn Science Team make sense of new elements on the surface of Vesta and learn more about this mysterious world.

Curiosity Explorer Badge on Foursquare (All Grade Levels)
NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center or venue categorized as a science museum or planetarium. Foursquare users also can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet.

Discovery Dome Loaner Program (Informal Education)
Thanks to NASA support from the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, museums, science centers, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations are eligible for a free monthlong Discovery Dome loan. The dome includes the show "We Choose Space," but will also include other NASA-sponsored planetarium shows and software. Preference will be given to rural sites, sites more than 100 miles from a digital planetarium and sites serving minority groups.

Host a "From Earth to the Solar System" Exhibit (Informal Educators)
Celebrate NASA's Year of the Solar System by hosting a "From Earth to the Solar System" exhibit. This collection of high-resolution images showcases the excitement of planetary exploration. The images are freely available to organizations worldwide to host their own exhibitions. The artistic and informative images weave together themes in astrobiology, planetary science and astronomy. The collection represents the current state of exploration as seen through the eyes of the scientific community.

Page Last Updated: February 26th, 2015
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