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Click on your grade level to find things you can do with NASA. Check this page often for new items.

Grades K-4

Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon as it continues to make important science observations. LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon's surface on or before April 21, 2014. When do you think it will take the plunge? The challenge is open to everyone, and winners will be announced after impact. Entries are due by 3 p.m. PDT on April 11, 2014. One submission per person is allowed.

2014 International Space Apps Challenge
NASA and space agencies worldwide will host the third annual International Space Apps Challenge April 12-13, 2014. The two-day challenge will be a codeathon event hosted locally at almost 100 locations spanning six continents. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. Visit the website to get the latest updates and to register to attend an event.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects
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.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip
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.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
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.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
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
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
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

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
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
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 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.

Rock Around the World
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

Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon as it continues to make important science observations. LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon's surface on or before April 21, 2014. When do you think it will take the plunge? The challenge is open to everyone, and winners will be announced after impact. Entries are due by 3 p.m. PDT on April 11, 2014. One submission per person is allowed.

2014 International Space Apps Challenge
NASA and space agencies worldwide will host the third annual International Space Apps Challenge April 12-13, 2014. The two-day challenge will be a codeathon event hosted locally at almost 100 locations spanning six continents. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. Visit the website to get the latest updates and to register to attend an event.

Spring 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year's targets are Saturn's F Ring, Saturn's largest moon Titan and Saturn itself. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice. The deadline for entries is April 17, 2014.

Free Program -- Cubes in Space™
The Rubik Learning Initiative™, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA's Sounding Rocket Program is offering a free science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, focused education program for students ages 11-14. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Student-designed payload cubes will be launched via a Terrier-Orion sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., in late June 2014. The deadline for program registration is April 18, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects
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.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip
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.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest
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 IGES Earth Day Photo and Essay Contest
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.

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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
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.

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
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
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
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

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
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
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.

Rock Around the World
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

Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon as it continues to make important science observations. LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon's surface on or before April 21, 2014. When do you think it will take the plunge? The challenge is open to everyone, and winners will be announced after impact. Entries are due by 3 p.m. PDT on April 11, 2014. One submission per person is allowed.

2014 International Space Apps Challenge
NASA and space agencies worldwide will host the third annual International Space Apps Challenge April 12-13, 2014. The two-day challenge will be a codeathon event hosted locally at almost 100 locations spanning six continents. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. Visit the website to get the latest updates and to register to attend an event.

Spring 2014 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year's targets are Saturn's F Ring, Saturn's largest moon Titan and Saturn itself. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice. The deadline for entries is April 17, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects
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.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip
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.

Kepler Art of Discovery Art Contest
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
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.

Beautiful Earth Program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
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
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
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!
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
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
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

Youth For Understanding USA
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
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
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.
 

Higher Education

Take the Plunge: LADEE Impact Challenge
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, spacecraft is gradually lowering its orbital altitude over the moon as it continues to make important science observations. LADEE mission managers expect the spacecraft will impact the moon's surface on or before April 21, 2014. When do you think it will take the plunge? The challenge is open to everyone, and winners will be announced after impact. Entries are due by 3 p.m. PDT on April 11, 2014. One submission per person is allowed.

2014 International Space Apps Challenge
NASA and space agencies worldwide will host the third annual International Space Apps Challenge April 12-13, 2014. The two-day challenge will be a codeathon event hosted locally at almost 100 locations spanning six continents. Participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. Visit the website to get the latest updates and to register to attend an event.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium's 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers Program
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is seeking applications for the 2014-2016 Integrative STEM for Preservice Teachers program, or InSTEP. This two-year program serves to increase future educators' understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom. The program includes $2,500 scholarship each year, plus training and travel. Applicants must be rising juniors (third year of a preservice teacher program) in Summer 2014 at a Virginia college/university. Applications are due April 15, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Climate Change Effects
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.

NASA's Digital Learning Network™ Event -- Mission Mars Virtual Field Trip
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
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.

2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
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 2, 2014.

RockOn 2014 University Rocket Science Workshop
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
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
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.

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute
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
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.

Space Grant Community Colleges and Technical Schools Solicitation
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
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
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.

 

Page Last Updated: April 10th, 2014
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