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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)

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

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

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

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

Free Webinar -- NASA Resources for Homeschoolers (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT, for a look at NASA resources relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to get students actively engaged while building content knowledge. Participants in this hourlong webinar will get an overview of resources and join a discussion of modifications to accommodate small groups or individual students. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway 2014 (Grades K-12)
Join NASA Rockets 2 Racecars at Richmond International Raceway Sept. 5-6, 2014, and become an ambassador of NASA content on NASA-inspired activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team up with NASA education specialists in the VA529 Kid Zone and earn hours of professional development for every hour spent at the track. Participating teachers will receive a free ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Race on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014.

International Observe the Moon Night (All Grade Levels)
On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. Don't see an event near you? Sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

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

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

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" family day taking place Sept. 13, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

Launch Opportunity: RockSat-X Programs (Higher Education)
RockSat-X is an advanced competitive program for college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Student teams have full access to the space environment and can receive live experiment telemetry during flight. Selected experiments will launch in June 2015. Visit the website for more information and to see experiments selected for previous RockSat-X flights. Intent to fly forms are due Sept. 19, 2014.

Launch Opportunity: RockSat-C Program (Higher Education)
RockSat-C is a competitive program for college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The program actively engages students through full design-process mentoring. Selected experiments will launch in June 2015. Visit the website for more information and to see experiments selected for previous RockSat-C flights. Intent to fly forms are due Sept. 19, 2014.

National Mars Education Conference -- Mars and the Comet: How to Use Natural Events as NGSS-Aligned Teachable Moments in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Comet Siding Spring is on track to have a close encounter with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Dr. Richard Zurek, Mars program chief scientist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will provide the latest information about how NASA will address this challenging event. Educators will learn how to capitalize on natural events and how they can be turned into great standards-based science "teachable moments" lessons. This free event takes place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona on Sept. 27, 2014. Applications are due Sept. 23, 2014.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014 (Grades 9-12)
Teams of U.S. high school students are challenged to design a software program for small satellites aboard the space station. The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. These bowling-ball-sized satellites fly inside the station's cabin. The finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests. Registration closes on Sept. 24, 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.

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

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

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

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

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2014.

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

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

2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship(Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

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

NASA 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grades K-4

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

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

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

Free Webinar -- NASA Resources for Homeschoolers (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT, for a look at NASA resources relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to get students actively engaged while building content knowledge. Participants in this hourlong webinar will get an overview of resources and join a discussion of modifications to accommodate small groups or individual students. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway 2014 (Grades K-12)
Join NASA Rockets 2 Racecars at Richmond International Raceway Sept. 5-6, 2014, and become an ambassador of NASA content on NASA-inspired activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team up with NASA education specialists in the VA529 Kid Zone and earn hours of professional development for every hour spent at the track. Participating teachers will receive a free ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Race on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014.

International Observe the Moon Night (All Grade Levels)
On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. Don't see an event near you? Sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" family day taking place Sept. 13, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

National Mars Education Conference -- Mars and the Comet: How to Use Natural Events as NGSS-Aligned Teachable Moments in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Comet Siding Spring is on track to have a close encounter with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Dr. Richard Zurek, Mars program chief scientist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will provide the latest information about how NASA will address this challenging event. Educators will learn how to capitalize on natural events and how they can be turned into great standards-based science "teachable moments" lessons. This free event takes place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona on Sept. 27, 2014. Applications are due Sept. 23, 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.

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

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

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

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

2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship(Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Grades 5-8

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

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

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

Free Webinar -- NASA Resources for Homeschoolers (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT, for a look at NASA resources relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to get students actively engaged while building content knowledge. Participants in this hourlong webinar will get an overview of resources and join a discussion of modifications to accommodate small groups or individual students. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway 2014 (Grades K-12)
Join NASA Rockets 2 Racecars at Richmond International Raceway Sept. 5-6, 2014, and become an ambassador of NASA content on NASA-inspired activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team up with NASA education specialists in the VA529 Kid Zone and earn hours of professional development for every hour spent at the track. Participating teachers will receive a free ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Race on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014.

International Observe the Moon Night (All Grade Levels)
On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. Don't see an event near you? Sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" family day taking place Sept. 13, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

National Mars Education Conference -- Mars and the Comet: How to Use Natural Events as NGSS-Aligned Teachable Moments in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Comet Siding Spring is on track to have a close encounter with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Dr. Richard Zurek, Mars program chief scientist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will provide the latest information about how NASA will address this challenging event. Educators will learn how to capitalize on natural events and how they can be turned into great standards-based science "teachable moments" lessons. This free event takes place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona on Sept. 27, 2014. Applications are due Sept. 23, 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.

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

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

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

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

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

2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship(Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Grades 9-12

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

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

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

Free Webinar -- NASA Resources for Homeschoolers (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT, for a look at NASA resources relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to get students actively engaged while building content knowledge. Participants in this hourlong webinar will get an overview of resources and join a discussion of modifications to accommodate small groups or individual students. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars Educator Professional Development Opportunity at Richmond International Raceway 2014 (Grades K-12)
Join NASA Rockets 2 Racecars at Richmond International Raceway Sept. 5-6, 2014, and become an ambassador of NASA content on NASA-inspired activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Team up with NASA education specialists in the VA529 Kid Zone and earn hours of professional development for every hour spent at the track. Participating teachers will receive a free ticket for the NASCAR Nationwide Race on Fri., Sept. 5, 2014.

International Observe the Moon Night (All Grade Levels)
On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. Don't see an event near you? Sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" family day taking place Sept. 13, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

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

National Mars Education Conference -- Mars and the Comet: How to Use Natural Events as NGSS-Aligned Teachable Moments in Your Classroom (Grades K-12)
Comet Siding Spring is on track to have a close encounter with Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. Dr. Richard Zurek, Mars program chief scientist from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will provide the latest information about how NASA will address this challenging event. Educators will learn how to capitalize on natural events and how they can be turned into great standards-based science "teachable moments" lessons. This free event takes place at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona on Sept. 27, 2014. Applications are due Sept. 23, 2014.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2014 (Grades 9-12)
Teams of U.S. high school students are challenged to design a software program for small satellites aboard the space station. The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. These bowling-ball-sized satellites fly inside the station's cabin. The finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests. Registration closes on Sept. 24, 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.

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

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

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

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

2015-16 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship(Grades K-12)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 science, mathematics, engineering and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in the District of Columbia, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Applicants must be U.S. citizens currently employed full time in an elementary or secondary school or school district. Applicants must have been teaching STEM full time for at least five of the last seven years. Applications are due Nov. 20, 2014, at 5 p.m. EST.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Higher Education

NASA’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.

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

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

International Observe the Moon Night (All Grade Levels)
On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. Don't see an event near you? Sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

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

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

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" family day taking place Sept. 13, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

Launch Opportunity: RockSat-X Programs (Higher Education)
RockSat-X is an advanced competitive program for college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Student teams have full access to the space environment and can receive live experiment telemetry during flight. Selected experiments will launch in June 2015. Visit the website for more information and to see experiments selected for previous RockSat-X flights. Intent to fly forms are due Sept. 19, 2014.

Launch Opportunity: RockSat-C Program (Higher Education)
RockSat-C is a competitive program for college students to design and build a sounding rocket payload, and then launch the payload on a rocket at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The program actively engages students through full design-process mentoring. Selected experiments will launch in June 2015. Visit the website for more information and to see experiments selected for previous RockSat-C flights. Intent to fly forms are due Sept. 19, 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.

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

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

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships (Higher Education)
The NASA Postdoctoral Program supports NASA's goal to expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe in which we live. NPP fellows complete one- to three-year fellowships that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a doctorate or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2014.

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

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

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

NASA 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Free Webinar -- NASA Resources for Homeschoolers (Grades K-12 and Informal)
Join NASA Educator Professional Development on Sept. 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. EDT, for a look at NASA resources relating to science, technology, engineering and mathematics designed to get students actively engaged while building content knowledge. Participants in this hourlong webinar will get an overview of resources and join a discussion of modifications to accommodate small groups or individual students. Connections to the Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed. Visit the site for more information and to register to attend.

International Observe the Moon Night (All Grade Levels)
On Sept. 6, 2014, the whole world has the chance to admire and celebrate our moon on International Observe the Moon Night. And you can join in the fun! Visit the website to find a map of registered events and make plans to attend. Don't see an event near you? Sign up to host your own! The website has step-by-step plans for hosting an event of any size. Ideas for hands-on activities are available to make your event a success.

Family Day -- Women in Aviation and Space (All Grade Levels)
From the days of the earliest pilots to today's space program, women have been making significant contributions. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at the "Women in Aviation and Space" family day taking place Sept. 13, 2014, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia. During this event, visitors will have the opportunity to meet female role models and learn about the women who inspired them. The event is free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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