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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.

Open House 2014: NASA's Ames Research Center (Grades K-12)
NASA's Ames Research Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is hosting an open house on Oct. 18, 2014. Take a 2-mile walking tour through the center, and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, visit the plaza to learn about Ames' missions. Food, drinks and mementos will be available for purchase. Tickets with reserved entry times will be required to attend. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 2, 2014.

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and accomplishments. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items via the website through Oct. 20, 2014. The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees.

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data. Prize monies of up to $25,000 will be awarded for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the recently released data. The challenge deadline is Oct. 21, 2014.

Free ESTEEM "Ask US" Webinar -- Cycles: Teachers Exploring Climate Change From a Native American Perspective (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will share the Cycles program, a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands-on activities.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 1 -- Literacy Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The first webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's K-5 literature publications that may be used to teach science vocabulary, scientific thinking and the scientific process. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Museum Alliance Webcast: Planning Your Orion First Flight Event (Informal Education)
Join the excitement of the next step in human space exploration as NASA′s new Orion spacecraft launches on its inaugural flight, Dec. 4, 2014! The Orion team invites your institution to host an Orion First Flight Viewing Event and share the excitement with your community. The Museum Alliance is hosting a webcast on Oct. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT to illustrate how you can enhance the entire mission experience from launch through splashdown in your museum, science center or planetarium.

Free Webinar -- Earth System Science Series: Part 2 -- Remote Sensing (Grades 5-12, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help educators of grades 6-12 explain Earth's natural processes. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will look at different tools available to do remote sensing, on planet Earth and throughout our solar system. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Space Mathematics: Active Math (Grades 5-8)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-8. Participants will explore the use of inquiry to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students with hands-on activities. NASA resources that can be used in the classroom to make the critical link between math and science will be shared. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 2 -- Art and the Cosmic Connection (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014 (All Grade Levels)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 3 -- Science Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's resource for elementary classrooms with a focus on life science, earth science and physical science. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Solar Week -- Fall 2014 (Grades K-12)
Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a series of Web-based educational classroom activities geared for students in upper elementary through early high school. Students learn about sunspots, solar storms and solar careers through a series of activities, games and lessons. Solar Week takes place twice per year, and is ideal for students studying the Sun, the solar system, stars or astronomy in general.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions(Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The mission is scheduled for Oct. 28-31, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

Free Educational Materials -- Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit (Grades K-4 and Informal)
Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. To request a free copy of the toolkit, send an email to press@spaceracers.org and include your name, address, phone number, school name and grade level. Requests are due Oct. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!(All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

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, 2014.

NASA Virtual University Course -- Mathematics: Algebraic Equations(All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of three webinars that highlight different NASA lessons relating to mathematics. The first webinar takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System (All Grade Levels)
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (Higher Education and Informal)
The National Institutes of Health is seeking applications for funding awards to develop serious science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, games with a focus on biology that addresses health and medicine questions for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, pre- and in-service educators or informal education audiences. Awards will be made via Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. The first deadline for applications is Nov. 12, 2014.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix(Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM, or EONS, 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Institutional Research Opportunity, or MIRO appendix. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education. Proposals are due Nov. 12, 2014.

MAVEN Workshop -- Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! (Grades K-8)
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission began orbiting Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art. The workshop will take place on Nov. 15, 2014, in Queens, New York. Registration is $15. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014, but space is limited.

2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (Higher Education)
NASA is seeking applications from current and prospective graduate students for its Space Technology Research Fellowships. The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic goals and mission in the area of space technology. Fellows will perform innovative research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2014.

National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program (Higher Education and Informal)
The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for the summer 2015 session of its East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program. This program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific. Fellows received a stipend and travel expenses are covered. Applications are due Nov. 13, 2014.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station (Grades 5-12, Higher Education and Informal)
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (All Grade Levels)
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium's STEM Takes Flight Program (Higher Education)
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium announces a new program for community college students and educators in Virginia who are involved in fields relating to science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Takes Flight program offers mentored scholarships, paid industry internships, NASA research experiences and new courses to foster STEM career awareness and workplace skills. And faculty will have access to professional development at NASA. Application deadlines are as early as Nov. 17, 2014.

2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology (Grades K-12)
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

CubeSat Mission Opportunity (Higher Education)
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or to be deployed from the International Space Station between 2015 and 2018. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Proposals are due Nov. 25, 2014.

Beautiful Earth Program Presents: Bella Gaia, a Multimedia Performance (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Beautiful Earth Program invites educators and students to take part in a musical and visual tour of Earth from space on Dec. 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. During this one-hour event, composer and musician Kenji Williams will perform Bella Gaia, a multimedia experience that incorporates music and NASA imagery. Following the performance, scientist Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum from NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission will lead a discussion on extreme weather science. Visit the website for more information and registration details.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy (All Grade Levels)
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2015 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge (Higher Education)
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse. Teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. Registration is open until Jan. 6, 2015. The competition will take place June 8-13, 2015.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

National Science Foundation's Community College Innovation Challenge (Higher Education and Informal)
The Community College Innovation Challenge is seeking teams to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, -based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must comprise community college students, a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner. Submissions consist of written entry and video entry. Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. Entries are due Jan. 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole (All Grade Levels)
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys (All Grade Levels)
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

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.

NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (Higher Education)
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from higher education institutions that are interested in conducting research related to a variety of topics in aeronautics fundamental research that are being pursued by NASA personnel. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements or contracts, depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. Proposal due dates begin Feb. 28, 2014 and end Dec. 31, 2014.

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition (Higher Education)
The 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, competition is a design project contest open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited college or university. RASC-AL challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. University teams must submit abstracts by Jan. 11, 2015.

2015 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship (Higher Education)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting applications for its 2015 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students attending Minority Serving Institutions. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due Jan. 30, 2015.

Airport Cooperative Research Program -- University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs (Higher Education)
The Airport Cooperative Research Program is accepting applications for its national competition that engages university students in addressing issues relating to airports and the National Airspace System. Managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the competition is open to teams or individuals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities who are working with a faculty advisor. Cash awards will be given to top individuals or teams in four technical design challenge areas. Submissions are due April 30, 2015.

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.

Open House 2014: NASA's Ames Research Center (Grades K-12)
NASA's Ames Research Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is hosting an open house on Oct. 18, 2014. Take a 2-mile walking tour through the center, and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, visit the plaza to learn about Ames' missions. Food, drinks and mementos will be available for purchase. Tickets with reserved entry times will be required to attend. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 2, 2014.

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and accomplishments. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items via the website through Oct. 20, 2014. The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees.

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data. Prize monies of up to $25,000 will be awarded for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the recently released data. The challenge deadline is Oct. 21, 2014.

Free ESTEEM "Ask US" Webinar -- Cycles: Teachers Exploring Climate Change From a Native American Perspective (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will share the Cycles program, a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands-on activities.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 1 -- Literacy Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The first webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's K-5 literature publications that may be used to teach science vocabulary, scientific thinking and the scientific process. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 2 -- Art and the Cosmic Connection (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014 (All Grade Levels)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 3 -- Science Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's resource for elementary classrooms with a focus on life science, earth science and physical science. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Solar Week -- Fall 2014 (Grades K-12)
Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a series of Web-based educational classroom activities geared for students in upper elementary through early high school. Students learn about sunspots, solar storms and solar careers through a series of activities, games and lessons. Solar Week takes place twice per year, and is ideal for students studying the Sun, the solar system, stars or astronomy in general.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions(Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The mission is scheduled for Oct. 28-31, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

Free Educational Materials -- Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit (Grades K-4 and Informal)
Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. To request a free copy of the toolkit, send an email to press@spaceracers.org and include your name, address, phone number, school name and grade level. Requests are due Oct. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!(All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

NASA Virtual University Course -- Mathematics: Algebraic Equations(All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of three webinars that highlight different NASA lessons relating to mathematics. The first webinar takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System (All Grade Levels)
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

MAVEN Workshop -- Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! (Grades K-8)
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission began orbiting Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art. The workshop will take place on Nov. 15, 2014, in Queens, New York. Registration is $15. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014, but space is limited.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (All Grade Levels)
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology (Grades K-12)
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy (All Grade Levels)
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole (All Grade Levels)
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys (All Grade Levels)
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

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.

Open House 2014: NASA's Ames Research Center (Grades K-12)
NASA's Ames Research Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is hosting an open house on Oct. 18, 2014. Take a 2-mile walking tour through the center, and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, visit the plaza to learn about Ames' missions. Food, drinks and mementos will be available for purchase. Tickets with reserved entry times will be required to attend. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 2, 2014.

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and accomplishments. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items via the website through Oct. 20, 2014. The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees.

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data. Prize monies of up to $25,000 will be awarded for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the recently released data. The challenge deadline is Oct. 21, 2014.

Free ESTEEM "Ask US" Webinar -- Cycles: Teachers Exploring Climate Change From a Native American Perspective (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will share the Cycles program, a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands-on activities.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 1 -- Literacy Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The first webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's K-5 literature publications that may be used to teach science vocabulary, scientific thinking and the scientific process. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Earth System Science Series: Part 2 -- Remote Sensing (Grades 5-12, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help educators of grades 6-12 explain Earth's natural processes. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will look at different tools available to do remote sensing, on planet Earth and throughout our solar system. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Space Mathematics: Active Math (Grades 5-8)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-8. Participants will explore the use of inquiry to reinforce mathematics skills while engaging students with hands-on activities. NASA resources that can be used in the classroom to make the critical link between math and science will be shared. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 2 -- Art and the Cosmic Connection (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014 (All Grade Levels)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 3 -- Science Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's resource for elementary classrooms with a focus on life science, earth science and physical science. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Solar Week -- Fall 2014 (Grades K-12)
Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a series of Web-based educational classroom activities geared for students in upper elementary through early high school. Students learn about sunspots, solar storms and solar careers through a series of activities, games and lessons. Solar Week takes place twice per year, and is ideal for students studying the Sun, the solar system, stars or astronomy in general.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions(Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The mission is scheduled for Oct. 28-31, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!(All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

NASA Virtual University Course -- Mathematics: Algebraic Equations(All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of three webinars that highlight different NASA lessons relating to mathematics. The first webinar takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System (All Grade Levels)
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

MAVEN Workshop -- Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! (Grades K-8)
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission began orbiting Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art. The workshop will take place on Nov. 15, 2014, in Queens, New York. Registration is $15. Applications are due Nov. 12, 2014, but space is limited.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station (Grades 5-12, Higher Education and Informal)
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (All Grade Levels)
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology (Grades K-12)
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

Beautiful Earth Program Presents: Bella Gaia, a Multimedia Performance (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Beautiful Earth Program invites educators and students to take part in a musical and visual tour of Earth from space on Dec. 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. During this one-hour event, composer and musician Kenji Williams will perform Bella Gaia, a multimedia experience that incorporates music and NASA imagery. Following the performance, scientist Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum from NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission will lead a discussion on extreme weather science. Visit the website for more information and registration details.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy (All Grade Levels)
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole (All Grade Levels)
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys (All Grade Levels)
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

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.

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 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.

Open House 2014: NASA's Ames Research Center (Grades K-12)
NASA's Ames Research Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is hosting an open house on Oct. 18, 2014. Take a 2-mile walking tour through the center, and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, visit the plaza to learn about Ames' missions. Food, drinks and mementos will be available for purchase. Tickets with reserved entry times will be required to attend. Tickets will be available starting Sept. 2, 2014.

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and accomplishments. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items via the website through Oct. 20, 2014. The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees.

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data. Prize monies of up to $25,000 will be awarded for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the recently released data. The challenge deadline is Oct. 21, 2014.

Free ESTEEM "Ask US" Webinar -- Cycles: Teachers Exploring Climate Change From a Native American Perspective (Grades K-12)
NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, is sponsoring a professional development event on Oct. 21, 2014, at 4:15 p.m. EDT. The Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP, or ESTEEM, team will share the Cycles program, a three-year professional development program focused on place-based climate change education merging Native American philosophy with scientific explanations of the natural world. A powerful learning experience for native and non-native student populations is achieved by incorporating NASA data, models and simulations with hands-on activities.

Free Webinar -- Earth System Science Series: Part 2 -- Remote Sensing (Grades 5-12, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help educators of grades 6-12 explain Earth's natural processes. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will look at different tools available to do remote sensing, on planet Earth and throughout our solar system. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014 (All Grade Levels)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Solar Week -- Fall 2014 (Grades K-12)
Interact live with solar scientists during Solar Week, Oct. 27-31, 2014. Solar Week provides a series of Web-based educational classroom activities geared for students in upper elementary through early high school. Students learn about sunspots, solar storms and solar careers through a series of activities, games and lessons. Solar Week takes place twice per year, and is ideal for students studying the Sun, the solar system, stars or astronomy in general.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions(Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The mission is scheduled for Oct. 28-31, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!(All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

NASA Virtual University Course -- Mathematics: Algebraic Equations(All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of three webinars that highlight different NASA lessons relating to mathematics. The first webinar takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System (All Grade Levels)
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station (Grades 5-12, Higher Education and Informal)
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (All Grade Levels)
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

2015-2016 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

NASA's Balance Mass Challenge: Using "Dead Weight" on Mars Spacecraft to Advance Science and Technology (Grades K-12)
NASA is looking for creative yet practical ideas to find a dual purpose for balance mass, also known as dead weight that is jettisoned from Mars landers to balance the spacecraft during entry and landing. Proposed concepts should perform a scientific function or technological demonstration while closely matching the mass and volume characteristics of the original balance mass. Submissions are due Nov. 21, 2014. A winner will be announced in mid-January 2015 and receive an award of $20,000.

Beautiful Earth Program Presents: Bella Gaia, a Multimedia Performance (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Beautiful Earth Program invites educators and students to take part in a musical and visual tour of Earth from space on Dec. 1, 2014, at 1 p.m. EST. During this one-hour event, composer and musician Kenji Williams will perform Bella Gaia, a multimedia experience that incorporates music and NASA imagery. Following the performance, scientist Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum from NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission will lead a discussion on extreme weather science. Visit the website for more information and registration details.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy (All Grade Levels)
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole (All Grade Levels)
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys (All Grade Levels)
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

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.

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and accomplishments. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items via the website through Oct. 20, 2014. The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees.

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data. Prize monies of up to $25,000 will be awarded for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the recently released data. The challenge deadline is Oct. 21, 2014.

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014 (All Grade Levels)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!(All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

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, 2014.

NASA Virtual University Course -- Mathematics: Algebraic Equations(All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of three webinars that highlight different NASA lessons relating to mathematics. The first webinar takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System (All Grade Levels)
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (Higher Education and Informal)
The National Institutes of Health is seeking applications for funding awards to develop serious science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, games with a focus on biology that addresses health and medicine questions for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, pre- and in-service educators or informal education audiences. Awards will be made via Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. The first deadline for applications is Nov. 12, 2014.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation New Appendix(Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM, or EONS, 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, Institutional Research Opportunity, or MIRO appendix. Through MIRO awards, NASA aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of minority serving institutions to perform NASA-related research and education. Proposals are due Nov. 12, 2014.

2015 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (Higher Education)
NASA is seeking applications from current and prospective graduate students for its Space Technology Research Fellowships. The fellowships will sponsor U.S. graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's strategic goals and mission in the area of space technology. Fellows will perform innovative research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. The deadline for submitting applications is Nov. 13, 2014.

National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program (Higher Education and Informal)
The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for the summer 2015 session of its East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program. This program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific. Fellows received a stipend and travel expenses are covered. Applications are due Nov. 13, 2014.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station (Grades 5-12, Higher Education and Informal)
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (All Grade Levels)
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium's STEM Takes Flight Program (Higher Education)
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium announces a new program for community college students and educators in Virginia who are involved in fields relating to science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Takes Flight program offers mentored scholarships, paid industry internships, NASA research experiences and new courses to foster STEM career awareness and workplace skills. And faculty will have access to professional development at NASA. Application deadlines are as early as Nov. 17, 2014.

CubeSat Mission Opportunity (Higher Education)
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch or to be deployed from the International Space Station between 2015 and 2018. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. This opportunity is open to U.S. nonprofit organizations and accredited educational organizations. Proposals are due Nov. 25, 2014.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy (All Grade Levels)
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (Higher Education)
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from higher education institutions that are interested in conducting research related to a variety of topics in aeronautics fundamental research that are being pursued by NASA personnel. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements or contracts, depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. Proposal due dates begin Feb. 28, 2014 and end Dec. 31, 2014.

2015 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge (Higher Education)
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse. Teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. Registration is open until Jan. 6, 2015. The competition will take place June 8-13, 2015.

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition (Higher Education)
The 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, competition is a design project contest open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited college or university. RASC-AL challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. University teams must submit abstracts by Jan. 11, 2015.

National Science Foundation's Community College Innovation Challenge (Higher Education and Informal)
The Community College Innovation Challenge is seeking teams to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, -based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must comprise community college students, a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner. Submissions consist of written entry and video entry. Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. Entries are due Jan. 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole (All Grade Levels)
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

2015 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship (Higher Education)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting applications for its 2015 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students attending Minority Serving Institutions. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due Jan. 30, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys (All Grade Levels)
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Airport Cooperative Research Program -- University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs (Higher Education)
The Airport Cooperative Research Program is accepting applications for its national competition that engages university students in addressing issues relating to airports and the National Airspace System. Managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, the competition is open to teams or individuals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities who are working with a faculty advisor. Cash awards will be given to top individuals or teams in four technical design challenge areas. Submissions are due April 30, 2015.

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.

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.

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.
 

Informal

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.

Historical NASA Space Artifacts Available for Educational Use (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting eligible educational institutions, museums and other organizations to screen and request historical space artifacts. The artifacts represent significant human spaceflight technologies and accomplishments. Eligible participants may view the artifacts and request specific items via the website through Oct. 20, 2014. The artifacts are free of charge. Eligible organizations must cover shipping costs and any special handling fees.

NASA Challenge: Build an App That Uses OpenNEX Climate and Earth Science Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA recently made available, through Amazon Web Services, a large collection of climate and earth sciences satellite data. In coordination with this data release, NASA is challenging application developers to create new and exciting ways to use the data. Prize monies of up to $25,000 will be awarded for the development of an application or algorithm that promotes climate resilience using the recently released data. The challenge deadline is Oct. 21, 2014.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 1 -- Literacy Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The first webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 21, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's K-5 literature publications that may be used to teach science vocabulary, scientific thinking and the scientific process. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Museum Alliance Webcast: Planning Your Orion First Flight Event (Informal Education)
Join the excitement of the next step in human space exploration as NASA′s new Orion spacecraft launches on its inaugural flight, Dec. 4, 2014! The Orion team invites your institution to host an Orion First Flight Viewing Event and share the excitement with your community. The Museum Alliance is hosting a webcast on Oct. 22, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT to illustrate how you can enhance the entire mission experience from launch through splashdown in your museum, science center or planetarium.

Free Webinar -- Earth System Science Series: Part 2 -- Remote Sensing (Grades 5-12, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help educators of grades 6-12 explain Earth's natural processes. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 22, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will look at different tools available to do remote sensing, on planet Earth and throughout our solar system. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 2 -- Art and the Cosmic Connection (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 23, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA lesson plans, educator guides and interactive websites that bring art and science together. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NOAA Education and Science Forum 2014 (All Grade Levels)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center located on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will co-host the seventh biennial Educational Partnership Program Education and Science Forum Oct. 26-29, 2014. This year’s theme is "Developing a Premier Future STEM Workforce to Support Environmental Sustainability." Student development workshops, plenary sessions, and oral and poster presentations are planned. Visit the forum website for full details and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- K-2 NASA Education Series: Part 3 -- Science Component (Grades K-8, Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to guide elementary educators to NASA's resources and books for lower grade levels. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 27, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn about NASA's resource for elementary classrooms with a focus on life science, earth science and physical science. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions(Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators are invited to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. The mission is scheduled for Oct. 28-31, 2014. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curricula at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website are targeted at middle school students but are adaptable for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome, including participants in afterschool programs.

Free Educational Materials -- Space Racers′ Space/STEM Educator Toolkit (Grades K-4 and Informal)
Space Racers™ is a new, original animated TV series that provides young children with exposure to key aspects of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, curricula. Produced in collaboration with NASA experts, the series follows a group of talented young spaceship cadets at the Stardust Bay Space Academy. A toolkit filled with lesson plans and activities related to the Space Racers episodes is now available. To request a free copy of the toolkit, send an email to press@spaceracers.org and include your name, address, phone number, school name and grade level. Requests are due Oct. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name on the First Orion Flight and Beyond!(All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars. Your name will begin its journey on a dime-sized microchip when the agency′s Orion spacecraft launches Dec. 4, 2014. But the journey for your name doesn′t end there. After returning to Earth, the names will fly on future NASA exploration flights and missions to Mars. The deadline for receiving a personal "boarding pass″ on Orion′s test flight closes Oct. 31, 2014.

NASA Virtual University Course -- Mathematics: Algebraic Equations(All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to tools for teaching algebraic equations. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of three webinars that highlight different NASA lessons relating to mathematics. The first webinar takes place on Nov. 3, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Lecture -- Far Out! A Tour of the Icy Bodies of the Outer Solar System (All Grade Levels)
Discover the diverse and curious population of icy bodies that inhabit the outer solar system. On Nov. 8, 2014, postdoctoral fellow Emily Martin will lead participants on a journey starting at the moons of Jupiter and cruising through the moons of Saturn, Neptune and Uranus, and then stopping at Pluto. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

National Institutes of Health Seeking Applications for Serious STEM Games for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (Higher Education and Informal)
The National Institutes of Health is seeking applications for funding awards to develop serious science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, games with a focus on biology that addresses health and medicine questions for pre-kindergarten to 12th grade students, pre- and in-service educators or informal education audiences. Awards will be made via Small Business Innovation Research grants and Small Business Technology Transfer grants. The first deadline for applications is Nov. 12, 2014.

National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program (Higher Education and Informal)
The National Science Foundation is accepting applications for the summer 2015 session of its East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship Program. This program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with an opportunity to spend eight weeks (10 weeks for Japan) during the summer conducting research at one of seven host locations in East Asia and the Pacific. Fellows received a stipend and travel expenses are covered. Applications are due Nov. 13, 2014.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station (Grades 5-12, Higher Education and Informal)
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Nov. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Challenges With OpenNEX Cloud Data (All Grade Levels)
NASA is challenging the public to create innovative ways to use data from the agency's Earth science satellites. The challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, a data, supercomputing and knowledge platform where users can share modeling and analysis codes, scientific results, knowledge and expertise to solve big data challenges in the Earth sciences. Prize monies of up to $60,000 will be rewarded in stages for creative innovations. Online video lectures and hands-on lab modules are available and challenges run through Nov. 15, 2014.

2014 Humans in Space Art Video Challenge (All Grade Levels)
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy (All Grade Levels)
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

National Science Foundation's Community College Innovation Challenge (Higher Education and Informal)
The Community College Innovation Challenge is seeking teams to propose innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, -based solutions for real-world problems. Teams must comprise community college students, a faculty mentor and a community or industry partner. Submissions consist of written entry and video entry. Finalists will be invited to attend an Innovation Boot Camp, a professional development workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship. Entries are due Jan. 15, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole (All Grade Levels)
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys (All Grade Levels)
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

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.
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