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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)

Family Day -- We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures (All Grade Levels)
Visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2014, for an event highlighting the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 1: Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 5, 2014, at 7 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.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 2: Single-Class Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be led through the Water Filtration Challenge. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

"Ask NICE" Workshops in Virginia (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
The NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team is going on the road this summer. Onsite "Ask NICE" workshops will be offered in Virginia, Aug. 6-7, 2014, to provide NASA Earth Systems Science training for middle and high school teachers. Many NASA resources will be investigated and time will be spent learning how to collect and analyze data. Events are scheduled in Danville and Clarksville. NICE is funded through the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 3: Long-Term Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple NASA engineering design projects. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Louisiana Tech University Online Course -- Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement (Grades K-12)
Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week self-paced, online professional development course for educators interested in using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA's unique capabilities. Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series (All Grade Levels)
NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014.

Destination Station: San Diego (All Grade Levels)
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

Free Webinar: Secrets to Fundraising for Competing in NASA Challenges (Higher Education)
Are you interested in competing in a NASA technical challenge? Get the insider secrets on the best ways to raise money needed for equipment and travel expenses. Learn from other teams as well as experts in the fundraising field. The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute is hosting an interactive presentation to share successful fundraising strategies and grant opportunities. The free webinar will take place Sept. 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT.

Call for Papers -- The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (Higher Education)
NASA's History Program Office and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum are seeking abstracts from scholars and graduate students interested in taking part a conference commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The conference will be held March 3-4, 2015, in Washington, District of Columbia. The deadline for abstract submissions is Sept. 15, 2014.

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress (All Grade Levels)
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure (All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- The Stackable Structure. To solve this problem, teams must design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. Before they are stacked, the separate components must be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions

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

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award (All Grade Levels)
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools has a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for 2014-2015. Along with school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in reduced environment and impact costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental and sustainability education. Contact state education authorities and visit the website for more details. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015.

Family Day -- We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures (All Grade Levels)
Visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2014, for an event highlighting the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 1: Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 5, 2014, at 7 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.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 2: Single-Class Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be led through the Water Filtration Challenge. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 3: Long-Term Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple NASA engineering design projects. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series (All Grade Levels)
NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014.

Louisiana Tech University Online Course -- Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement (Grades K-12)
Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week self-paced, online professional development course for educators interested in using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA's unique capabilities. Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

Destination Station: San Diego (All Grade Levels)
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

MAVEN Workshop -- Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! (Grades K-8)
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission is set to arrive at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Celebrate the arrival with the MAVEN education team at this one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! The program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art. The workshop will take place Sept. 21, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is $20. Applications are due Sept. 15, 2014, but space is limited.

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress (All Grade Levels)
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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 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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure (All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- The Stackable Structure. To solve this problem, teams must design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. Before they are stacked, the separate components must be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions.

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

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award (All Grade Levels)
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools has a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for 2014-2015. Along with school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in reduced environment and impact costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental and sustainability education. Contact state education authorities and visit the website for more details. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015.

Family Day -- We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures (All Grade Levels)
Visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2014, for an event highlighting the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 1: Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 5, 2014, at 7 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.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 2: Single-Class Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be led through the Water Filtration Challenge. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

"Ask NICE" Workshops in Virginia (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
The NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team is going on the road this summer. Onsite "Ask NICE" workshops will be offered in Virginia, Aug. 6-7, 2014, to provide NASA Earth Systems Science training for middle and high school teachers. Many NASA resources will be investigated and time will be spent learning how to collect and analyze data. Events are scheduled in Danville and Clarksville. NICE is funded through the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 3: Long-Term Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple NASA engineering design projects. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Louisiana Tech University Online Course -- Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement (Grades K-12)
Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week self-paced, online professional development course for educators interested in using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA's unique capabilities. Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series (All Grade Levels)
NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014.

Destination Station: San Diego (All Grade Levels)
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

MAVEN Workshop -- Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! (Grades K-8)
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission is set to arrive at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Celebrate the arrival with the MAVEN education team at this one-day workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore! The program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art. The workshop will take place Sept. 21, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. Registration is $20. Applications are due Sept. 15, 2014, but space is limited.

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress (All Grade Levels)
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure (All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- The Stackable Structure. To solve this problem, teams must design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. Before they are stacked, the separate components must be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions.

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

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award (All Grade Levels)
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools has a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for 2014-2015. Along with school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in reduced environment and impact costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental and sustainability education. Contact state education authorities and visit the website for more details. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015.

Family Day -- We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures (All Grade Levels)
Visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2014, for an event highlighting the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 1: Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 5, 2014, at 7 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.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 2: Single-Class Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be led through the Water Filtration Challenge. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

"Ask NICE" Workshops in Virginia (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
The NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team is going on the road this summer. Onsite "Ask NICE" workshops will be offered in Virginia, Aug. 6-7, 2014, to provide NASA Earth Systems Science training for middle and high school teachers. Many NASA resources will be investigated and time will be spent learning how to collect and analyze data. Events are scheduled in Danville and Clarksville. NICE is funded through the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 3: Long-Term Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple NASA engineering design projects. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Louisiana Tech University Online Course -- Steps to STEM: NASA Education Resources for STEM Engagement (Grades K-12)
Louisiana Tech University is teaming up with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center to offer a 10-week self-paced, online professional development course for educators interested in using science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM, education resources available from NASA. These resources have application methods for use in grades 4-9 classrooms with the goal of advancing high quality STEM education utilizing NASA's unique capabilities. Applications are due Aug. 30, 2014.

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series (All Grade Levels)
NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014.

Destination Station: San Diego (All Grade Levels)
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014 (Grades 9-12)
Teams of U.S. high school students are challenged to design a software program for small satellites aboard the space station. The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. These bowling-ball-sized satellites fly inside the station's cabin. The finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests. Registration closes on Sept. 5, 2014.

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress (All Grade Levels)
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure (All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- The Stackable Structure. To solve this problem, teams must design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. Before they are stacked, the separate components must be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions

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.

Wallops Balloon Experience for Education (Grades 9-12)
The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, or WRATS, provides high school teachers with a technical flight experience to reinforce concepts in the classroom. Teachers and students participate virtually in hands-on experiences based on NASA's sounding rocket engineering and science data collection. WRATS includes interactive Web-based data to teach lessons in physics and engineering. Teachers also receive resources to integrate the data into classroom lessons.

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

U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award (All Grade Levels)
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools has a new Postsecondary Sustainability Award for 2014-2015. Along with school and district nominees, each state may nominate one postsecondary institution for exemplary achievement in reduced environment and impact costs, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental and sustainability education. Contact state education authorities and visit the website for more details. All state authorities are encouraged to indicate their intent to nominate in 2015 by Aug. 1, 2014. State authorities’ school, district and postsecondary nominations are due to the Department of Education by Feb. 1, 2015.

Family Day -- We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures (All Grade Levels)
Visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2014, for an event highlighting the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series (All Grade Levels)
NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors in South Carolina (Higher Education)
The goal of this NASA's Center for Astronomy Education workshop is to familiarize participants with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as to teach them how to implement these in their college courses through role-playing, modeling, practice and more. The workshop is designed for college instructors and postdoctoral and graduate students currently teaching or preparing to teach introductory astronomy and space science. The session will be held in August or September 2014, in South Carolina.

Destination Station: San Diego (All Grade Levels)
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

Free Webinar: Secrets to Fundraising for Competing in NASA Challenges (Higher Education)
Are you interested in competing in a NASA technical challenge? Get the insider secrets on the best ways to raise money needed for equipment and travel expenses. Learn from other teams as well as experts in the fundraising field. The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute is hosting an interactive presentation to share successful fundraising strategies and grant opportunities. The free webinar will take place Sept. 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. EDT.

2015 ICESat-2 Mission Hexacopter Engineering Challenge (Higher Education)
The Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2, or ICESat-2, mission is looking for teams of undergraduate students from accredited U.S. colleges and universities to design and build hexacopter multirotors that will create digital elevation models during a live challenge event at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in April 2015. Teams may consist of one to five students and a university mentor/instructor. Due to the nature of the challenge, multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. Applications are due Sept. 12, 2014.

Call for Papers -- The NACA Centenary: A Symposium on 100 Years of Aerospace Research and Development (Higher Education)
NASA's History Program Office and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum are seeking abstracts from scholars and graduate students interested in taking part a conference commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The conference will be held March 3-4, 2015, in Washington, District of Columbia. The deadline for abstract submissions is Sept. 15, 2014.

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress (All Grade Levels)
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure (All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- The Stackable Structure. To solve this problem, teams must design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. Before they are stacked, the separate components must be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions

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

 

Informal

Family Day -- We Share STEM! Connecting Across Cultures (All Grade Levels)
Visit the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 2, 2014, for an event highlighting the contributions of scientists and engineers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, professions across cultures. Talk to an astronaut, meet pilots and see their helicopters, including a gyroplane, and participate in hands-on activities. Spanish-language activities and story times along with events featuring Latino STEM professionals will also take place. The event is free and open to the public.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 1: Introduction to Engineering Design (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 5, 2014, at 7 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.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 2: Single-Class Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be led through the Water Filtration Challenge. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

"Ask NICE" Workshops in Virginia (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
The NASA Innovations in Climate Education, or NICE, team is going on the road this summer. Onsite "Ask NICE" workshops will be offered in Virginia, Aug. 6-7, 2014, to provide NASA Earth Systems Science training for middle and high school teachers. Many NASA resources will be investigated and time will be spent learning how to collect and analyze data. Events are scheduled in Danville and Clarksville. NICE is funded through the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP.

Free Webinar -- Engineering in the Classroom Part 3: Long-Term Projects (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free series of webinars designed to help K-12 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 Aug. 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT. During this 60-minute webinar, participants will be introduced to multiple NASA engineering design projects. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series (All Grade Levels)
NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge contest series will offer $35,000 in awards to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The winning solution must increase the detection sensitivity, minimize the number of false positives, ignore imperfections in the data and run effectively on all computer systems. The challenges are ongoing and have multiple deadlines through August 2014.

Destination Station: San Diego (All Grade Levels)
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

Second Annual Astrobiology Symposium at the Library of Congress (All Grade Levels)
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in the District of Columbia, in cooperation with the NASA Astrobiology Program, is hosting the second annual Astrobiology Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. “Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” is a two-day symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and audience question-and-answer sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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 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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure (All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- The Stackable Structure. To solve this problem, teams must design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. Before they are stacked, the separate components must be integrated into an artistic representation of Earth. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions

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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