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Grades K-4

Earth Observatory's Tournament Earth 2015
Thirty-two of the best Earth Observatory images will compete in Tournament Earth 3.0, but only one can be the winner! From March 2 through April 3, 2015, visitors to NASA's Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2014, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. Voting takes place online and a printable bracket is available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

Dawn Mission’s I C Ceres Celebration
After more than seven years in space, the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres. Celebrate this milestone at the flagship I C Ceres event on May 9, 2015, in Pasadena, California. Not near Pasadena? Attend a local event or plan your own. Take part in games and contests, and meet members of the Dawn mission team in person or via live streaming. Visit the website to learn more, find an event near you or explore resources to plan your own I C Ceres event.

Dawn Mission’s ‘Imagine Ceres’ Project
Can you imagine what the Dawn mission might discover at Ceres in the next few weeks and months? What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How do you imagine that Ceres formed? When do you imagine Ceres came into being? Over what time frame? NASA’s Dawn mission wants you to share your ideas! Send in your creations in the form of art, music, poetry or video. Selected submissions will be featured in the “Imagine Ceres” gallery.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

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 January 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

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE, program. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. The program is limited to students from the United States. Design submissions are due April 1, 2015.

Earth Observatory's Tournament Earth 2015
Thirty-two of the best Earth Observatory images will compete in Tournament Earth 3.0, but only one can be the winner! From March 2 through April 3, 2015, visitors to NASA's Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2014, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. Voting takes place online and a printable bracket is available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 9 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 9 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 30, 2015.

Dawn Mission’s I C Ceres Celebration
After more than seven years in space, the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres. Celebrate this milestone at the flagship I C Ceres event on May 9, 2015, in Pasadena, California. Not near Pasadena? Attend a local event or plan your own. Take part in games and contests, and meet members of the Dawn mission team in person or via live streaming. Visit the website to learn more, find an event near you or explore resources to plan your own I C Ceres event.

Dawn Mission’s ‘Imagine Ceres’ Project
Can you imagine what the Dawn mission might discover at Ceres in the next few weeks and months? What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How do you imagine that Ceres formed? When do you imagine Ceres came into being? Over what time frame? NASA’s Dawn mission wants you to share your ideas! Send in your creations in the form of art, music, poetry or video. Selected submissions will be featured in the “Imagine Ceres” gallery.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

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.
 

Grades 9-12

International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments
NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE, program. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the International Space Station. CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12. The program is limited to students from the United States. Design submissions are due April 1, 2015.

Earth Observatory's Tournament Earth 2015
Thirty-two of the best Earth Observatory images will compete in Tournament Earth 3.0, but only one can be the winner! From March 2 through April 3, 2015, visitors to NASA's Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2014, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. Voting takes place online and a printable bracket is available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

2015 International Space Apps Challenge
NASA and space agencies worldwide will host the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge April 10-12, 2015. This year's challenge kicks off with a boot camp event on April 10 that will be live-streamed globally. The two-day codeathon event will follow on April 11-12, and will be hosted locally at over 135 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.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 9 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 9 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 30, 2015.

Dawn Mission’s I C Ceres Celebration
After more than seven years in space, the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres. Celebrate this milestone at the flagship I C Ceres event on May 9, 2015, in Pasadena, California. Not near Pasadena? Attend a local event or plan your own. Take part in games and contests, and meet members of the Dawn mission team in person or via live streaming. Visit the website to learn more, find an event near you or explore resources to plan your own I C Ceres event.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

Dawn Mission’s ‘Imagine Ceres’ Project
Can you imagine what the Dawn mission might discover at Ceres in the next few weeks and months? What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How do you imagine that Ceres formed? When do you imagine Ceres came into being? Over what time frame? NASA’s Dawn mission wants you to share your ideas! Send in your creations in the form of art, music, poetry or video. Selected submissions will be featured in the “Imagine Ceres” gallery.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space
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
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

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2015
Design it. Build it. Dig it. The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition will be held May 18-22, 2015, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. NASA's Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students, enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Teams are challenged to design and build a mining robot that can traverse simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a collector bin within 10 minutes. Registration is now open and limited to 50 teams.

2015 NASA Scholarship -- Minority University Research Education Project
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Minority University Research and Education Project, or MUREP, scholarship program. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines attending an accredited United States minority serving institution. The scholarship includes 75% of tuition up to $9,000 per academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a summer internship. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

2015 NASA Office of Education -- Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for the Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship, or AUS, program. The Aeronautics Undergraduate Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on students majoring in aeronautics-related fields. The scholarship includes 75% of tuition up to $9,000 per academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a summer internship. Applications are due March 31, 2015.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's 2015 Faculty Research Program
NASA's JPL Faculty Research Program provides opportunities for science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to a faculty member and a JPL researcher. Applicants must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the United States. The program awards $15,500 fellowships for the 10-week session. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

Earth Observatory's Tournament Earth 2015
Thirty-two of the best Earth Observatory images will compete in Tournament Earth 3.0, but only one can be the winner! From March 2 through April 3, 2015, visitors to NASA's Earth Observatory website can vote for their favorite images from 2014, whittling them down each week in a tournament of remote-sensing science. Voting takes place online and a printable bracket is available to let you pick your favorites and track your selections as the competition progresses.

2015 International Space Apps Challenge
NASA and space agencies worldwide will host the fourth annual International Space Apps Challenge April 10-12, 2015. This year's challenge kicks off with a boot camp event on April 10 that will be live-streamed globally. The two-day codeathon event will follow on April 11-12, and will be hosted locally at over 135 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 Center for Astronomy Education Great Lakes 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 April 10, 2015, at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

NASA Space Technology Grants for Early Career University Faculty
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high-priority areas of interest to the U.S. space program. NASA expects to award approximately six to eight grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Notices of intent to submit proposals are due March 20, 2015. The deadline for submitting final proposals is April 17, 2015.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 9 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 9 to the International Space Station. This opportunity gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. Mission 9 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 30, 2015.

2016 eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge
The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge engages university-level students in designing, researching, developing and manufacturing prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. 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, 2015.

RockOn 2015 University Rocket Science Workshop
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2015 workshop June 20-25, 2015, 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 1, 2015.

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 2, 2015, at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California.

2014 NASA EONS Solicitation – New MUREP ASTAR Fellowship Appendix
NASA's Office of Education is accepting new proposals under the EONS (Education Opportunities in NASA STEM) 2014 NASA Research Announcement for the MUREP ASTAR (Advanced STEM Training and Research) Fellowships appendix. The fellowship award includes tuition offset, student stipend, and funding for an annual research experience at a NASA center. Fellowship awards are made in the form of training grants to academic institutions and are for a duration of no more than three academic years. Proposals are due May 4, 2015.

2020 Electric General Aviation NASA Aeronautics Design Challenge
Electric-powered aircraft have the potential to revolutionize the way we travel. Student teams are invited to design an electric (i.e., no combustion) general aviation aircraft that meets performance requirements and is operational by 2020. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged. The contest is open to college teams in the United States or its territories. Letters of intent will be accepted through Jan. 16, 2015. Final entries are due May 8, 2015.

Dawn Mission’s I C Ceres Celebration
After more than seven years in space, the Dawn spacecraft will arrive at its second destination in the main asteroid belt, the dwarf planet Ceres. Celebrate this milestone at the flagship I C Ceres event on May 9, 2015, in Pasadena, California. Not near Pasadena? Attend a local event or plan your own. Take part in games and contests, and meet members of the Dawn mission team in person or via live streaming. Visit the website to learn more, find an event near you or explore resources to plan your own I C Ceres event.

NASA History Program Office Fall 2015 Internships
The NASA History Program Office is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for fall 2015 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 and 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, 2015.

2015 NSBRI First Award Fellowship Program
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, or NSBRI, is accepting fellowship applications for the First Award Fellowship Program. The one-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 also can request to be considered to spend part of the fellowship in Russia. The application deadline is June 5, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Hubble Telescope: Looking Back in Time at the Distant Universe
One of the Hubble Space Telescope’s greatest triumphs has been the clear view it has given of very distant galaxies. On June 11, 2015, astronomers Sandra Faber and Robert Williams will discuss how this clearer view has enabled astronomers to piece together the formation of structure in the universe. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Tier I Teaching Excellence Workshop for Current and Future Astronomy and Space Science Instructors
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 the educators 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 June 13-14, 2015, at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

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 shows 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 22-25, 2015, at the American Center for Physics in College Park, Maryland. To apply to attend, faculty must be nominated by their department chair.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program -- Fall 2015 Session
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, is an interactive online learning experience for community college students interested in pursuing a NASA-related science, technology, engineering or mathematics career. The program culminates with an onsite experience where selected students interact with NASA scientists and engineers. NCAS is open to community college students who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must have access to the Internet. The application deadline for the fall 2015 session is June 24, 2015.

Free Lecture -- The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. On June 30, 2015, join Professor Robert Smith, author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, as he explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. The lecture begins at 8 p.m. at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. The lecture is free but tickets are required. The lecture will be webcast live.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Short-Course on Implementing Evidence-Based Active Learning Using Think-Pair-Share/Peer Instruction
The goal of this NASA's Center for Astronomy Education short-course is to familiarize participants with best teaching practices for using Think-Pair-Share/Peer Instruction to help students increase their conceptual understandings and critical thinking skills. The workshop is designed for current or future instructors teaching introductory astronomy, space science or physics. The session will be held Aug. 4, 2015, at the Honolulu Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Short-Course on Implementing Evidence-Based Active Learning Using Lecture-Tutorials and Ranking Tasks
The goal of this NASA's Center for Astronomy Education short-course is to familiarize participants with best teaching practices for using Lecture-Tutorials and Ranking Tasks to help students increase their conceptual understandings and critical thinking skills. The workshop is designed for current or future instructors teaching introductory astronomy, space science or physics. The session will be held Aug. 5, 2015, at the Honolulu Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Short-Course on Using Animations and Simulations to Promote Active Learning
The goal of this NASA's Center for Astronomy Education short-course is to familiarize participants with best teaching practices for using animations and simulations to help students increase their conceptual understandings and critical thinking skills. The workshop is designed for current or future instructors teaching introductory astronomy, space science or physics. The session will be held Aug. 6, 2015, at the Honolulu Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

NASA's Center for Astronomy Education Northeast 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. The session will be held in August 2015, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
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 July 1, 2015.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships
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, 2015.

Dawn Mission’s ‘Imagine Ceres’ Project
Can you imagine what the Dawn mission might discover at Ceres in the next few weeks and months? What do you imagine the surface of Ceres will look like? How do you imagine that Ceres formed? When do you imagine Ceres came into being? Over what time frame? NASA’s Dawn mission wants you to share your ideas! Send in your creations in the form of art, music, poetry or video. Selected submissions will be featured in the “Imagine Ceres” gallery.

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.

NASA's Cube Quest Challenge
Registration now is open for NASA's Cube Quest Challenge, advancing communication and propulsion technology for CubeSats. Competitors can win a share of $5 million in prize money and an opportunity to fly their own CubeSat to deep space. Teams can compete to be a secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket, or launch themselves with an independent launch provider. Check the Cube Quest Challenge website for additional information.

Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature. The project is expected to run through 2018.

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.
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