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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)

2014-15 NASA LEARN Opportunity (Grades 5-12)
The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program that provides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue throughout the school year. This opportunity is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Application is open to U.S. citizens only. Applications are due April 21, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects (All Grade Levels)
Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, the Environment Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the U.S. will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. The live webcast event will take place on April 22, 2014, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar – Journeying Through the Solar System and Milky Way Galaxy (Grades K-8)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades K-12 educators on April 22, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Attend this 60-minute webinar and be prepared to construct a planisphere that can be used to predict the locations of seasonal and circumpolar constellations in the night sky. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate Earth Day With "Global Selfie" Event (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites you to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post the picture to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use these pictures to create a mosaic image of Earth. This mosaic image and a video using the images will be released in May.

NES Web Seminar -- Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math -- Lunar Rover (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association for a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the moon. Participants need a basic knowledge of scale and application of the Pythagorean theorem. A calculator is helpful but not necessary. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing national mathematics standards as well as Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

Free Webinar – Humans in Space: Higher “Standards” of Living (Grades 5-8)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades K-12 educators on April 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will explore how humans have adapted to the space environment, particularly on the International Space Station. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Digital Learning Network™, the U.S. Department of State's Collaboratory, and Google invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will take place April 25, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This virtual event features a special lesson about Mars rovers, along with Google Hangout interactions among students and experts worldwide. Visit the website for more information and to view the live webcast of the event.

Free Webinar -- Life Science Resources for Grades 4-12 (Grades 4-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 4-12 educators on April 29, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT. This hourlong webinar will give participants tools they can use to give life science lessons a NASA twist. Participants will browse through interactive simulation sites, and download or print life science content. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge (Higher Education)
The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to design, manufacture, assemble and test deep space habitat systems and innovations to be integrated with a NASA-built operational habitat prototype. Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design or architecture curriculum at an accredited university in the U.S. Proposals are due April 30, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Chat with an Engineer En Español (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish. This special Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. Learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers. Tune into the live Spanish webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar -- Solar System and the Periodic Table (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 3-12 educators on April 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will journey from the center to the outer boundaries of our solar system and discover that the periodic table is everywhere! This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NES Web Seminar -- Engineering Design: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge (Grades 9-12 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar on May 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the Boomerang Design Challenge and two extensions featuring free computer simulations that teach students about airflow around airfoils. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange (Higher Education)
NASA's Center for Astronomy Education regional teaching exchanges are designed to foster a sense of community among geographically linked current and future Astronomy 101 and Space Science 101 college instructors. Regional experts from the broader CAE community are ready, willing and able to provide the opportunity for you to meet your neighbors, expand your instructional repertoire and share your own expertise. So grab your colleagues and join the exchange. This session will be held May 3, 2014, at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest (All Grade Levels)
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers. The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest (Grades 9-12)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is accepting entries for the 2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. The contest is open to U.S. students in grades 9-12. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. Entries should demonstrate the best use of geospatial tools or data to study our U.S protected area of interest. The grand prize winner will have their work featured in a geospatial publication. Cash awards will be given to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to the winning students' teachers. Entries must be postmarked by May 5, 2014.

NES Web Seminar -- Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on May 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. Get an overview of the "Engineering a Stable Rocket" student activity, explore NASA connections and share tips and tricks for implementing the activity. The featured activity provides opportunities for incorporating Next Generation Science Standards.

NES Web Seminar -- Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve algebra problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge (Higher Education)
Student teams are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Team proposals will be rated on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. The contest is open to college teams in the United States or its territories. Entries are due May 9, 2014.

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute (Grades 5-8 and Higher Education)
The Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a free workshop for future middle school science teachers and the educators who mentor them. Workshop participants will explore questions relating to the nature of science and how scientists conduct their work. Discussions with planetary scientists, hands-on activity demonstrations and a tour of the lunar rock laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center are planned. Possible dates include May 13-17 and June 23-27, 2014. Final dates will be determined based on application data.

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time (Grades 9-12)
The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the Mars Through Time workshop. This free workshop will take place July 8-11, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. Attendees will discover the relationship between technology and science as it relates to our understanding of Mars. Attendees will also discuss the nature and process of science with each other and invited speakers. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Applications are due May 16, 2014.

2014 IGES Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest (Grades 5-8)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies invites students in grades 5-8 to submit photos to the 2014 IGES Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest. To enter, a student must take a photograph of something that is changing in the local natural environment. The photo must be taken April 14-25, 2014. (Earth Day is April 22.) Each participant must write an essay of up to 400 words to describe the change happening in the photo. Prizes are awarded to the top 10 winners. Entries are due May 16, 2014.

2015 NASA Scholars (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for NASA Scholars. The NASA Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. Applications are due May 16, 2014.

2015 NASA MUREP Scholarship (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a required 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. Applications are due May 16, 2014.

Proposal Solicitation for Game Changing Development Program: Advanced Energy Storage Systems (Higher Education)
NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America's space program. Proposals will be accepted from NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations. NASA expects to make approximately four awards for Phase I of the solicitation, ranging in value up to $250,000 each. Proposals are due May 27, 2014.

Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting proposals from Space Grant consortia for a 2014 Space Grant opportunity for community college and technical school students and faculty. The purpose of this announcement is to engage community college and technical school faculty and undergraduate students enrolled in STEM degree programs, or the equivalent of the available general/liberal arts degree program with a STEM focus. This opportunity is open to Space Grant consortia in each state plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Proposals are due May 28, 2014.

NASA Mars Educator Symposium -- The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Join scientists from NASA's Curiosity Rover team as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Learn how scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth and what makes an environment habitable. The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration will remain open until all positions are filled.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors in Boston (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 May 31-June 1, 2014, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Grades 5-12)
Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place June 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities. Visit the website for more information and to register to attend.

2014 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program (Higher Education)
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Program. The two-year fellowships are available in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Applicants must submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution. This year's applicants can also request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia. The application deadline is June 6, 2014.

Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference (Higher Education)
A call for abstracts has been released for the 30th annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research conference to be held Oct. 23-26, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. All accepted abstracts from students will be presented as posters or orally in competitions. Winners will receive monetary prizes. Student travel assistance of up to $500 is available on a limited basis. Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than June 15, 2014.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Contributes to the New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy (Higher Education)
This semiannual conference helps new faculty understand how students learn physics and astronomy, and suggests how this information can impact a new professor's teaching methods. The workshop is intended for faculty in the first few years of their initial tenure-track appointment at a four-year college or university. The conference will be held June 23-27, 2014, at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Md. To apply to attend, faculty must be nominated by their department chair.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research (Higher Education)
NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Office and the International Space Station Program Office are seeking hypothesis-driven research concept papers that use the International Space Station as a microgravity platform in the space life and physical sciences disciplines. NASA anticipates selecting 10 submissions to receive monetary awards. Selected awardees will be invited to submit full proposals, which may result in one flight opportunity for student researchers. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to submit papers by July 10, 2014.

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is sponsoring a workshop for educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.

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.

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.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools.

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.

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.

New NASA's Digital Learning Network Module: STEM on Station (Grades 5-8)
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating the International Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in the driver’s seat as they complete four activities related to concepts NASA engineers use. During your event, the DLN host will provide additional information regarding the marvel of the space station! A Teacher's Resource Guide with activities is provided.

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

 

Grades K-4

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects (All Grade Levels)
Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, the Environment Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the U.S. will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. The live webcast event will take place on April 22, 2014, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar – Journeying Through the Solar System and Milky Way Galaxy (Grades K-8)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades K-12 educators on April 22, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Attend this 60-minute webinar and be prepared to construct a planisphere that can be used to predict the locations of seasonal and circumpolar constellations in the night sky. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate Earth Day With "Global Selfie" Event (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites you to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post the picture to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use these pictures to create a mosaic image of Earth. This mosaic image and a video using the images will be released in May.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Digital Learning Network™, the U.S. Department of State's Collaboratory, and Google invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will take place April 25, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This virtual event features a special lesson about Mars rovers, along with Google Hangout interactions among students and experts worldwide. Visit the website for more information and to view the live webcast of the event.

Free Webinar -- Life Science Resources for Grades 4-12 (Grades 4-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 4-12 educators on April 29, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT. This hourlong webinar will give participants tools they can use to give life science lessons a NASA twist. Participants will browse through interactive simulation sites, and download or print life science content. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Chat with an Engineer En Español (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish. This special Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. Learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers. Tune into the live Spanish webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar -- Solar System and the Periodic Table (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 3-12 educators on April 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will journey from the center to the outer boundaries of our solar system and discover that the periodic table is everywhere! This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest (All Grade Levels)
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers. The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

NASA Mars Educator Symposium -- The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Join scientists from NASA's Curiosity Rover team as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Learn how scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth and what makes an environment habitable. The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration will remain open until all positions are filled.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 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.

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.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools.

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

2014-15 NASA LEARN Opportunity (Grades 5-12)
The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program that provides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue throughout the school year. This opportunity is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Application is open to U.S. citizens only. Applications are due April 21, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects (All Grade Levels)
Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, the Environment Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the U.S. will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. The live webcast event will take place on April 22, 2014, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar – Journeying Through the Solar System and Milky Way Galaxy (Grades K-8)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades K-12 educators on April 22, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Attend this 60-minute webinar and be prepared to construct a planisphere that can be used to predict the locations of seasonal and circumpolar constellations in the night sky. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Celebrate Earth Day With "Global Selfie" Event (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites you to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post the picture to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use these pictures to create a mosaic image of Earth. This mosaic image and a video using the images will be released in May.

NES Web Seminar -- Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math -- Lunar Rover (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association for a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the moon. Participants need a basic knowledge of scale and application of the Pythagorean theorem. A calculator is helpful but not necessary. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing national mathematics standards as well as Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

Free Webinar – Humans in Space: Higher "Standards” of Living (Grades 5-8)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades K-12 educators on April 24, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will explore how humans have adapted to the space environment, particularly on the International Space Station. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Digital Learning Network™, the U.S. Department of State's Collaboratory, and Google invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will take place April 25, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This virtual event features a special lesson about Mars rovers, along with Google Hangout interactions among students and experts worldwide. Visit the website for more information and to view the live webcast of the event.

Free Webinar -- Life Science Resources for Grades 4-12 (Grades 4-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 4-12 educators on April 29, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT. This hourlong webinar will give participants tools they can use to give life science lessons a NASA twist. Participants will browse through interactive simulation sites, and download or print life science content. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Chat with an Engineer En Español (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish. This special Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. Learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers. Tune into the live Spanish webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar -- Solar System and the Periodic Table (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 3-12 educators on April 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will journey from the center to the outer boundaries of our solar system and discover that the periodic table is everywhere! This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest (All Grade Levels)
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers. The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

NES Web Seminar -- Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on May 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. Get an overview of the "Engineering a Stable Rocket" student activity, explore NASA connections and share tips and tricks for implementing the activity. The featured activity provides opportunities for incorporating Next Generation Science Standards.

NES Web Seminar -- Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve algebra problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute (Grades 5-8 and Higher Education)
The Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a free workshop for future middle school science teachers and the educators who mentor them. Workshop participants will explore questions relating to the nature of science and how scientists conduct their work. Discussions with planetary scientists, hands-on activity demonstrations and a tour of the lunar rock laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center are planned. Possible dates include May 13-17 and June 23-27, 2014. Final dates will be determined based on application data.

2014 IGES Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest (Grades 5-8)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies invites students in grades 5-8 to submit photos to the 2014 IGES Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest. To enter, a student must take a photograph of something that is changing in the local natural environment. The photo must be taken April 14-25, 2014. (Earth Day is April 22.) Each participant must write an essay of up to 400 words to describe the change happening in the photo. Prizes are awarded to the top 10 winners. Entries are due May 16, 2014.

NASA Mars Educator Symposium -- The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Join scientists from NASA's Curiosity Rover team as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Learn how scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth and what makes an environment habitable. The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration will remain open until all positions are filled.

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Grades 5-12)
Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place June 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities. Visit the website for more information and to register to attend.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 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.

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.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools.

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

2014-15 NASA LEARN Opportunity (Grades 5-12)
The Long-term Engagement in Authentic Research at NASA, or LEARN, Project is seeking educators for an innovative program that provides onsite research and training opportunities with NASA scientists in the summer and guided research projects that continue throughout the school year. This opportunity is open to science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators of grades 6-12. Application is open to U.S. citizens only. Applications are due April 21, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects (All Grade Levels)
Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, the Environment Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the U.S. will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. The live webcast event will take place on April 22, 2014, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Celebrate Earth Day With "Global Selfie" Event (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites you to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post the picture to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use these pictures to create a mosaic image of Earth. This mosaic image and a video using the images will be released in May.

NES Web Seminar -- Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math -- Lunar Rover (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association for a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the moon. Participants need a basic knowledge of scale and application of the Pythagorean theorem. A calculator is helpful but not necessary. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing national mathematics standards as well as Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Digital Learning Network™, the U.S. Department of State's Collaboratory, and Google invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will take place April 25, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This virtual event features a special lesson about Mars rovers, along with Google Hangout interactions among students and experts worldwide. Visit the website for more information and to view the live webcast of the event.

Free Webinar -- Life Science Resources for Grades 4-12 (Grades 4-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 4-12 educators on April 29, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT. This hourlong webinar will give participants tools they can use to give life science lessons a NASA twist. Participants will browse through interactive simulation sites, and download or print life science content. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Chat with an Engineer En Español (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish. This special Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. Learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers. Tune into the live Spanish webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar -- Solar System and the Periodic Table (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 3-12 educators on April 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will journey from the center to the outer boundaries of our solar system and discover that the periodic table is everywhere! This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NES Web Seminar -- Engineering Design: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge (Grades 9-12 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar on May 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the Boomerang Design Challenge and two extensions featuring free computer simulations that teach students about airflow around airfoils. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest (All Grade Levels)
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers. The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest (Grades 9-12)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is accepting entries for the 2014 Thacher Environmental Research Contest. The contest is open to U.S. students in grades 9-12. Entries may be submitted by individuals or teams. Entries should demonstrate the best use of geospatial tools or data to study our U.S protected area of interest. The grand prize winner will have their work featured in a geospatial publication. Cash awards will be given to students in the top three places. Awards will also be given to the winning students' teachers. Entries must be postmarked by May 5, 2014.

NES Web Seminar -- Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve algebra problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Through Time (Grades 9-12)
The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the Mars Through Time workshop. This free workshop will take place July 8-11, 2014, in Albuquerque, NM. Attendees will discover the relationship between technology and science as it relates to our understanding of Mars. Attendees will also discuss the nature and process of science with each other and invited speakers. This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Applications are due May 16, 2014.

NASA Mars Educator Symposium -- The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Join scientists from NASA's Curiosity Rover team as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Learn how scientists search for habitable environments beyond Earth and what makes an environment habitable. The symposium will take place June 16-20, 2014, in Tempe, Ariz. Participants will receive a certificate with a minimum of 45 professional development hours. Space is limited to 30 participants. Registration will remain open until all positions are filled.

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (Grades 5-12)
Join scientists from the Aura mission at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center's visitor center in Greenbelt, Md., for the Beautiful Earth Program. Taking place June 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST, this celebration of earth science for students and teachers includes the BELLA GAIA Live multimedia show, interactive sessions with NASA earth scientists and hands-on activities. Visit the website for more information and to register to attend.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge (Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is June 30, 2014.

2014 Lunar Workshop for Educators (Grades 5-12)
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is sponsoring a workshop for educators of students in grades 6-9. This workshop will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with new data from current and recent lunar missions. The workshop will take place July 14-18, 2014, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help offset travel expenses.

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.

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.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools.

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.

New NASA's Digital Learning Network Module: Digital Badges (Grades 9-12 and Higher Education)
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to learn about a new innovative teaching tool called a digital badge. Using a brand-new type of 3D content, a new interactive game-based activity allows visitors to join in the excitement of the Mars Curiosity Rover. During your event, the DLN will give an overview of the Mars Curiosity Activity and provide additional information regarding digital badges for lifelong learning.

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

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects (All Grade Levels)
Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, the Environment Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the U.S. will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. The live webcast event will take place on April 22, 2014, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Celebrate Earth Day With "Global Selfie" Event (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites you to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post the picture to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use these pictures to create a mosaic image of Earth. This mosaic image and a video using the images will be released in May.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Digital Learning Network™, the U.S. Department of State's Collaboratory, and Google invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will take place April 25, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This virtual event features a special lesson about Mars rovers, along with Google Hangout interactions among students and experts worldwide. Visit the website for more information and to view the live webcast of the event.

2015 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge (Higher Education)
The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge encourages university-level students to design, manufacture, assemble and test deep space habitat systems and innovations to be integrated with a NASA-built operational habitat prototype. Proposals will be accepted from university faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design or architecture curriculum at an accredited university in the U.S. Proposals are due April 30, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Chat with an Engineer En Español (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish. This special Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. Learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers. Tune into the live Spanish webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT.

RockOn 2014 University Rocket Science Workshop (Higher Education)
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2014 workshop June 14-19, 2014, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. University and community college faculty and students are invited to the weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. Participants at the hands-on workshop will build an experiment that will be launched to an altitude of more than 70 miles. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 2, 2014.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Southwest Regional Teaching Exchange (Higher Education)
NASA's Center for Astronomy Education regional teaching exchanges are designed to foster a sense of community among geographically linked current and future Astronomy 101 and Space Science 101 college instructors. Regional experts from the broader CAE community are ready, willing and able to provide the opportunity for you to meet your neighbors, expand your instructional repertoire and share your own expertise. So grab your colleagues and join the exchange. This session will be held May 3, 2014, at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, Calif.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest (All Grade Levels)
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers. The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge (Higher Education)
Student teams are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Team proposals will be rated on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. The contest is open to college teams in the United States or its territories. Entries are due May 9, 2014.

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute (Grades 5-8 and Higher Education)
The Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute is a free workshop for future middle school science teachers and the educators who mentor them. Workshop participants will explore questions relating to the nature of science and how scientists conduct their work. Discussions with planetary scientists, hands-on activity demonstrations and a tour of the lunar rock laboratory at NASA's Johnson Space Center are planned. Possible dates include May 13-17 and June 23-27, 2014. Final dates will be determined based on application data.

2015 NASA Scholars (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for NASA Scholars. The NASA Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. Applications are due May 16, 2014.

2015 NASA MUREP Scholarship (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75 percent of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a required 10-week internship at a NASA center during summer 2015. Applications are due May 16, 2014.

Proposal Solicitation for Game Changing Development Program: Advanced Energy Storage Systems (Higher Education)
NASA is seeking proposals for the development of new, more capable energy storage technologies to replace the battery technology that has long powered America's space program. Proposals will be accepted from NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations. NASA expects to make approximately four awards for Phase I of the solicitation, ranging in value up to $250,000 each. Proposals are due May 27, 2014.

Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting proposals from Space Grant consortia for a 2014 Space Grant opportunity for community college and technical school students and faculty. The purpose of this announcement is to engage community college and technical school faculty and undergraduate students enrolled in STEM degree programs, or the equivalent of the available general/liberal arts degree program with a STEM focus. This opportunity is open to Space Grant consortia in each state plus the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Proposals are due May 28, 2014.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors in Boston (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 May 31-June 1, 2014, at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

NASA History Program Office Fall 2014 Internships (Higher Education)
The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2014 internships. The History Division maintains archival materials to answer research questions. The division edits and publishes several books and monographs each year, and it maintains websites/social media featuring NASA history. Strong research, writing and editing skills are essential to the internship. Students of all majors are welcome to apply. Applications are due June 1, 2014.

2014 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program (Higher Education)
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Program. The two-year fellowships are available in any U.S. laboratory carrying out space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. Applicants must submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution. This year's applicants can also request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia. The application deadline is June 6, 2014.

Call for Abstracts: 30th American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Conference (Higher Education)
A call for abstracts has been released for the 30th annual American Society for Gravitational and Space Research conference to be held Oct. 23-26, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. All accepted abstracts from students will be presented as posters or orally in competitions. Winners will receive monetary prizes. Student travel assistance of up to $500 is available on a limited basis. Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than June 15, 2014.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Contributes to the New Faculty Workshop for Physics and Astronomy (Higher Education)
This semiannual conference helps new faculty understand how students learn physics and astronomy, and suggests how this information can impact a new professor's teaching methods. The workshop is intended for faculty in the first few years of their initial tenure-track appointment at a four-year college or university. The conference will be held June 23-27, 2014, at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Md. To apply to attend, faculty must be nominated by their department chair.

Concept Paper Solicitation: ISS Post-Grad Innovation Awards in Space Life and Physical Science Research (Higher Education)
NASA's Space Life and Physical Sciences Office and the International Space Station Program Office are seeking hypothesis-driven research concept papers that use the International Space Station as a microgravity platform in the space life and physical sciences disciplines. NASA anticipates selecting 10 submissions to receive monetary awards. Selected awardees will be invited to submit full proposals, which may result in one flight opportunity for student researchers. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are eligible to submit papers by July 10, 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.

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.

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.

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.

New NASA's Digital Learning Network Module: Digital Badges (Grades 9-12 and Higher Education)
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to learn about a new innovative teaching tool called a digital badge. Using a brand-new type of 3D content, a new interactive game-based activity allows visitors to join in the excitement of the Mars Curiosity Rover. During your event, the DLN will give an overview of the Mars Curiosity Activity and provide additional information regarding digital badges for lifelong learning.

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.

 

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NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects (All Grade Levels)
Join NASA's Digital Learning Network, the Environment Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for an educational investigation into the effects of climate change. Students across the U.S. will speak to climate change experts and experience climate change simulations using NASA satellite data. Students will learn the effects of climate change on our planet and how each of us can make a difference. The live webcast event will take place on April 22, 2014, from noon to 1:15 p.m. EDT.

Celebrate Earth Day With "Global Selfie" Event (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites you to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event. On Earth Day, April 22, 2014, NASA is asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post the picture to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. NASA will use these pictures to create a mosaic image of Earth. This mosaic image and a video using the images will be released in May.

NES Web Seminar -- Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math -- Lunar Rover (Grades 5-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association for a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on April 23, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use the distance formula and Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the moon. Participants need a basic knowledge of scale and application of the Pythagorean theorem. A calculator is helpful but not necessary. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing national mathematics standards as well as Common Core State Standards, Mathematics.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip (All Grade Levels)
NASA's Digital Learning Network™, the U.S. Department of State's Collaboratory, and Google invite educators and students to their Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip. The event will take place April 25, 2014, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, in conjunction with the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Washington Convention Center. This virtual event features a special lesson about Mars rovers, along with Google Hangout interactions among students and experts worldwide. Visit the website for more information and to view the live webcast of the event.

Free Webinar -- Life Science Resources for Grades 4-12 (Grades 4-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 4-12 educators on April 29, 2014, at 4 p.m. EDT. This hourlong webinar will give participants tools they can use to give life science lessons a NASA twist. Participants will browse through interactive simulation sites, and download or print life science content. This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars for in-service and pre-service educators. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Chat with an Engineer En Español (All Grade Levels)
NASA invites students and educators to chat with NASA engineer Heriberto Soto in Spanish. This special Digital Learning Network event will be a live interview from NASA's Kennedy Space Center to audiences across the country whose first language is Spanish. Learn about Soto's career path, challenges he faced, projects he has worked on at NASA and the future for students who want to become engineers. Tune into the live Spanish webcast on the NASA DLiNfo Channel on April 30, 2014, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Free Webinar -- Solar System and the Periodic Table (Grades K-12 and Informal)
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free webinar open to grades 3-12 educators on April 30, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. During this 90-minute webinar, participants will journey from the center to the outer boundaries of our solar system and discover that the periodic table is everywhere! This event is part of a series of free educational professional development webinars. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NES Web Seminar -- Engineering Design: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge (Grades 9-12 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar on May 1, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn about the Boomerang Design Challenge and two extensions featuring free computer simulations that teach students about airflow around airfoils. The activity provides opportunities for incorporating national science, technology and mathematics standards into the curricula and addresses middle school Next Generation Science Standards.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest (All Grade Levels)
Commemorate the fifth anniversary of NASA's Kepler mission to search for habitable planets with the Kepler Art of Discovery art contest. The contest is open to artists ages 13 and older who reside in the continental U.S. The contest invites artists to submit creative artwork that depicts, or relates to, the exciting discoveries made possible by the Kepler spacecraft and its team of scientists and engineers. The contest registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

NES Web Seminar -- Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable Rocket (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on May 5, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate rocketry into your teaching repertoire. Get an overview of the "Engineering a Stable Rocket" student activity, explore NASA connections and share tips and tricks for implementing the activity. The featured activity provides opportunities for incorporating Next Generation Science Standards.

NES Web Seminar -- Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots (Grades 5-8 and Informal)
NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on May 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn to use programmable Texas Instruments, or TI, calculators and Norland Research Robots to solve algebra problems requiring substituting values for variables in formulas. You do not need to have a Norland Research Robot or programmable TI calculator to participate in this seminar. The featured activity provides many opportunities for addressing grades 6-8 Common Core State Mathematics Standards.

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.

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.

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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