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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)

NASA Virtual University Course -- Engineering: NASA Design Challenges for the Classroom (All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to ways to integrate engineering design into existing curricula. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of four webinars, each highlighting a different engineering challenge. The first webinar takes place on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 1: An Introduction (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The first webinar in the series takes place on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to inquiry-based activities related to the engineering design cycle. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx will launch in 2016 and return a sample of asteroid Bennu in 2023. Submissions should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. NASA will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu! (All Grade Levels)
The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is set to launch to asteroid Bennu in 2016. And your name could hitch a ride! All names that are submitted will be placed on a microchip that will be carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement. Names must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 2: Implementation (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn how engineering concepts and the design process can be used to reinforce content across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines while building students' problem-solving skills. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

2014-2015 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition (Higher Education)
The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium is hosting the 2014-2015 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition, an opportunity for teams of college students to design and construct high-power rockets to be launched in May 2015 at a launch site near Minneapolis, Minnesota. No previous experience in high-power rocketry is necessary to compete. Interested teams from any state are eligible and must garner local Space Grant sponsorship, then submit a nonbinding “Notice of Intent to Compete” by Oct. 1, 2014.

Presidential Management Fellows Program: STEM Opportunity (Higher Education)
The Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, has developed and piloted a track of the Presidential Management Fellows program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. This flagship leadership development program seeks advanced degree candidates for entry-level positions in federal agencies around the country. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application period for 2015 fellowships will open in Oct 1. 2014. Visit the website for more details.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 3: Assessment (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple potential methods of assessing both the final design product and the students' use of engineering design principles. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014 (All Grade Levels)
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world with 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10. For World Space Week 2014, educators are encouraged to use global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, space-themed activities. "Space: Guiding Your Way" focuses on the relevance of GNSS for position, navigation and timing on Earth.

Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle Prize (Higher Education)
The Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle, or MAV, Prize is open to both academic and nonacademic teams to demonstrate technologies that may be relevant to future NASA Mars missions. The challenge focuses on getting samples from the Martian surface to Mars orbit for collection and return to Earth. Centennial Challenges will award prizes for successful demonstration of an end-to-end autonomous operation. Proposals are due Oct. 6, 2014.

Free Webinar -- Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom (Grades K-8 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-9. Participants will be introduced to "Food for Thought," a NASA educator guide that investigates space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts. Participants will use NASA resources to research the nutritional needs of astronauts and the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods, and construct sample space food menus. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition (Higher Education)
The Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops competition, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, is a design contest open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students. Robo-Ops teams build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Rovers are tele-operated by mission control operations, based on information received from onboard cameras. University teams must submit project plans by Oct. 10, 2014.

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth's Connected Systems (All Grade Levels)
Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014, and this year's events celebrate Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between. NASA missions study Earth's system and help us understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA's Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, a schedule of events for educators and the public, and more.

OSSI NIFS -- Spring 2015 Opportunities (Higher Education)
NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education opportunities. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors. Applications for spring 2015 opportunities are due Oct. 12, 2014.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (All Grade Levels)
The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is seeking highly motivated individuals to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public. Enthusiasts nationwide are eligible, and those in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program (Higher Education)
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for spring 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications for spring 2015 internships are due Oct. 17, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest (All Grade Levels)
The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Photographs should support the topic "Connections in My Community" and show how earth systems (land, water, air, living things) connect in a community. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest (Grades K-8)
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Artwork should focus on the topic "Earth's Connected Systems and Me." The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2-D visual arts project that shows how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around us. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014, and must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest (Grades 5-12)
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Essays should focus on the theme "Earth System Science in Today's World." The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 17, 2014.

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.

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.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. Missions are scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Horizons Kids Club
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 (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

NASA Virtual University Course -- Engineering: NASA Design Challenges for the Classroom (All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to ways to integrate engineering design into existing curricula. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of four webinars, each highlighting a different engineering challenge. The first webinar takes place on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 1: An Introduction (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The first webinar in the series takes place on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to inquiry-based activities related to the engineering design cycle. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx will launch in 2016 and return a sample of asteroid Bennu in 2023. Submissions should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. NASA will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu! (All Grade Levels)
The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is set to launch to asteroid Bennu in 2016. And your name could hitch a ride! All names that are submitted will be placed on a microchip that will be carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement. Names must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 2: Implementation (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn how engineering concepts and the design process can be used to reinforce content across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines while building students' problem-solving skills. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 3: Assessment (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple potential methods of assessing both the final design product and the students' use of engineering design principles. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014 (All Grade Levels)
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world with 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10. For World Space Week 2014, educators are encouraged to use global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, space-themed activities. "Space: Guiding Your Way" focuses on the relevance of GNSS for position, navigation and timing on Earth.

Free Webinar -- Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom (Grades K-8 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-9. Participants will be introduced to "Food for Thought," a NASA educator guide that investigates space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts. Participants will use NASA resources to research the nutritional needs of astronauts and the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods, and construct sample space food menus. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth's Connected Systems (All Grade Levels)
Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014, and this year's events celebrate Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between. NASA missions study Earth's system and help us understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA's Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, a schedule of events for educators and the public, and more.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (All Grade Levels)
The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is seeking highly motivated individuals to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public. Enthusiasts nationwide are eligible, and those in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest (All Grade Levels)
The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Photographs should support the topic "Connections in My Community" and show how earth systems (land, water, air, living things) connect in a community. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest (Grades K-8)
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Artwork should focus on the topic "Earth's Connected Systems and Me." The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2-D visual arts project that shows how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around us. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014, and must be submitted by mail.

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.

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.

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.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. Missions are scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 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.

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.

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

NASA Virtual University Course -- Engineering: NASA Design Challenges for the Classroom (All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to ways to integrate engineering design into existing curricula. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of four webinars, each highlighting a different engineering challenge. The first webinar takes place on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 1: An Introduction (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The first webinar in the series takes place on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to inquiry-based activities related to the engineering design cycle. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx will launch in 2016 and return a sample of asteroid Bennu in 2023. Submissions should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. NASA will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu! (All Grade Levels)
The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is set to launch to asteroid Bennu in 2016. And your name could hitch a ride! All names that are submitted will be placed on a microchip that will be carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement. Names must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 2: Implementation (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn how engineering concepts and the design process can be used to reinforce content across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines while building students' problem-solving skills. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 3: Assessment (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple potential methods of assessing both the final design product and the students' use of engineering design principles. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014 (All Grade Levels)
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world with 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10. For World Space Week 2014, educators are encouraged to use global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, space-themed activities. "Space: Guiding Your Way" focuses on the relevance of GNSS for position, navigation and timing on Earth.

Free Webinar -- Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom (Grades K-8 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-9. Participants will be introduced to "Food for Thought," a NASA educator guide that investigates space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts. Participants will use NASA resources to research the nutritional needs of astronauts and the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods, and construct sample space food menus. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth's Connected Systems (All Grade Levels)
Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014, and this year's events celebrate Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between. NASA missions study Earth's system and help us understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA's Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, a schedule of events for educators and the public, and more.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (All Grade Levels)
The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is seeking highly motivated individuals to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public. Enthusiasts nationwide are eligible, and those in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest (All Grade Levels)
The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Photographs should support the topic "Connections in My Community" and show how earth systems (land, water, air, living things) connect in a community. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Visual Arts Contest (Grades K-8)
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring a visual arts contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Artwork should focus on the topic "Earth's Connected Systems and Me." The contest is open to students in grades K-5 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original 2-D visual arts project that shows how land, water, air and living things are connected in the world around us. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014, and must be submitted by mail.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest (Grades 5-12)
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Essays should focus on the theme "Earth System Science in Today's World." The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 17, 2014.

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.

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.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. Missions are scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

NASA Virtual University Course -- Engineering: NASA Design Challenges for the Classroom (All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to ways to integrate engineering design into existing curricula. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of four webinars, each highlighting a different engineering challenge. The first webinar takes place on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 1: An Introduction (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The first webinar in the series takes place on Sept. 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to inquiry-based activities related to the engineering design cycle. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx will launch in 2016 and return a sample of asteroid Bennu in 2023. Submissions should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. NASA will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu! (All Grade Levels)
The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is set to launch to asteroid Bennu in 2016. And your name could hitch a ride! All names that are submitted will be placed on a microchip that will be carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement. Names must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 2: Implementation (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The second webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will learn how engineering concepts and the design process can be used to reinforce content across science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines while building students' problem-solving skills. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design in the Classroom Part 3: Assessment (Grades K-12)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help grades 5-9 teachers incorporate engineering design as a problem-solving method and cross-cutting concept in their classrooms. The third webinar in the series takes place on Oct. 2, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple potential methods of assessing both the final design product and the students' use of engineering design principles. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014 (All Grade Levels)
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world with 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10. For World Space Week 2014, educators are encouraged to use global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, space-themed activities. "Space: Guiding Your Way" focuses on the relevance of GNSS for position, navigation and timing on Earth.

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth's Connected Systems (All Grade Levels)
Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014, and this year's events celebrate Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between. NASA missions study Earth's system and help us understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA's Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, a schedule of events for educators and the public, and more.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (All Grade Levels)
The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is seeking highly motivated individuals to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public. Enthusiasts nationwide are eligible, and those in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest (All Grade Levels)
The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Photographs should support the topic "Connections in My Community" and show how earth systems (land, water, air, living things) connect in a community. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Essay Contest (Grades 5-12)
The American Geosciences Institute is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Essays should focus on the theme "Earth System Science in Today's World." The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed and formatted to fit on one page. Entries must be submitted electronically. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 17, 2014.

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.

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.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. Missions are scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

NASA Virtual University Course -- Engineering: NASA Design Challenges for the Classroom (All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to ways to integrate engineering design into existing curricula. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of four webinars, each highlighting a different engineering challenge. The first webinar takes place on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx will launch in 2016 and return a sample of asteroid Bennu in 2023. Submissions should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. NASA will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu! (All Grade Levels)
The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is set to launch to asteroid Bennu in 2016. And your name could hitch a ride! All names that are submitted will be placed on a microchip that will be carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement. Names must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

2014-2015 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition (Higher Education)
The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium is hosting the 2014-2015 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition, an opportunity for teams of college students to design and construct high-power rockets to be launched in May 2015 at a launch site near Minneapolis, Minnesota. No previous experience in high-power rocketry is necessary to compete. Interested teams from any state are eligible and must garner local Space Grant sponsorship, then submit a nonbinding “Notice of Intent to Compete” by Oct. 1, 2014.

Presidential Management Fellows Program: STEM Opportunity (Higher Education)
The Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, has developed and piloted a track of the Presidential Management Fellows program focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. This flagship leadership development program seeks advanced degree candidates for entry-level positions in federal agencies around the country. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The application period for 2015 fellowships will open in Oct 1. 2014. Visit the website for more details.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014 (All Grade Levels)
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world with 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10. For World Space Week 2014, educators are encouraged to use global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, space-themed activities. "Space: Guiding Your Way" focuses on the relevance of GNSS for position, navigation and timing on Earth.

Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle Prize (Higher Education)
The Centennial Challenges Mars Ascent Vehicle, or MAV, Prize is open to both academic and nonacademic teams to demonstrate technologies that may be relevant to future NASA Mars missions. The challenge focuses on getting samples from the Martian surface to Mars orbit for collection and return to Earth. Centennial Challenges will award prizes for successful demonstration of an end-to-end autonomous operation. Proposals are due Oct. 6, 2014.

2015 RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition (Higher Education)
The Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage Exploration Robo-Ops competition, also known as RASC-AL Robo-Ops, is a design contest open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students. Robo-Ops teams build a planetary rover prototype and demonstrate its capabilities in field tests at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Rovers are tele-operated by mission control operations, based on information received from onboard cameras. University teams must submit project plans by Oct. 10, 2014.

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth's Connected Systems (All Grade Levels)
Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014, and this year's events celebrate Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between. NASA missions study Earth's system and help us understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA's Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, a schedule of events for educators and the public, and more.

OSSI NIFS -- Spring 2015 Opportunities (Higher Education)
NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative for Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships, or OSSI NIFS, provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI NIFS online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows and scholars. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher education opportunities. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by all NASA mentors. Applications for spring 2015 opportunities are due Oct. 12, 2014.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (All Grade Levels)
The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is seeking highly motivated individuals to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public. Enthusiasts nationwide are eligible, and those in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's Spring 2015 Policy Internship Program (Higher Education)
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for spring 2015 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications for spring 2015 internships are due Oct. 17, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest (All Grade Levels)
The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Photographs should support the topic "Connections in My Community" and show how earth systems (land, water, air, living things) connect in a community. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
 

 

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NASA Virtual University Course -- Engineering: NASA Design Challenges for the Classroom (All Grade Levels)
NASA Education is presenting a free online course designed to introduce educators to ways to integrate engineering design into existing curricula. Offered through NASA Virtual University, the course features a series of four webinars, each highlighting a different engineering challenge. The first webinar takes place on Sept. 29, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. EDT. Each webinar will be offered twice. Courses are free, but you must register to attend.

Submit Messages for Asteroid Mission Time Capsule (All Grade Levels)
NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard the Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft. OSIRIS-REx will launch in 2016 and return a sample of asteroid Bennu in 2023. Submissions should be about solar system exploration in 2014 and predictions for space exploration activities in 2023. NASA will choose 50 tweets and 50 images to be placed in the capsule. Messages must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu! (All Grade Levels)
The Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx, spacecraft is set to launch to asteroid Bennu in 2016. And your name could hitch a ride! All names that are submitted will be placed on a microchip that will be carried aboard the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Participants who submit their names to the "Messages to Bennu!" campaign will be able to print a certificate of appreciation to document their involvement. Names must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2014.

Celebrate World Space Week 2014 (All Grade Levels)
World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world with 1,400 events in more than 80 countries held during the week of Oct. 4-10. For World Space Week 2014, educators are encouraged to use global navigation satellite systems, or GNSS, space-themed activities. "Space: Guiding Your Way" focuses on the relevance of GNSS for position, navigation and timing on Earth.

Free Webinar -- Food for Thought: Space Food and Nutrition for the Classroom (Grades K-8 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Oct. 7, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT for an hourlong webinar for educators of grades 5-9. Participants will be introduced to "Food for Thought," a NASA educator guide that investigates space food and the nutritional needs of astronauts. Participants will use NASA resources to research the nutritional needs of astronauts and the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods, and construct sample space food menus. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate Earth Science Week: Earth's Connected Systems (All Grade Levels)
Earth Science Week takes place Oct. 12-18, 2014, and this year's events celebrate Earth’s Connected Systems – from land to sea, ice to sky and everything living in between. NASA missions study Earth's system and help us understand the interconnectivity among its components. NASA's Earth Science Week 2014 website covers NASA's Earth missions and how scientists study our home planet, educational resources about Earth's system, videos, links to mission science, a schedule of events for educators and the public, and more.

Solar System Ambassadors Program Accepting Applications (All Grade Levels)
The Solar System Ambassadors Program, a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers, is seeking highly motivated individuals to represent NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as volunteer Solar System Ambassadors to the public. Enthusiasts nationwide are eligible, and those in Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming and the District of Columbia are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest (All Grade Levels)
The American Geosciences Institute, or AGI, is sponsoring a photography contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2014. Photographs should support the topic "Connections in My Community" and show how earth systems (land, water, air, living things) connect in a community. Any resident of the United States or any AGI international affiliate may enter. Entries must be submitted electronically. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Entries are due Oct. 17, 2014.

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.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Announces the 2014 Fall Missions (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Students and educators have two chances to participate in Sally Ride EarthKAM this fall. Missions are scheduled for Oct. 21-24, 2014, and Nov. 18-21, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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