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Current Opportunities for Students

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Grades K-4

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

Destination Station: San Diego
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.

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.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest
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
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.

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

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

Destination Station: San Diego
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.

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.

Earth Science Week 2014 Photography Contest
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
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
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.

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


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

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series
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
Ever wonder what it's like to live and work in space? Find out at the Destination Station exhibit! This multimedia exhibit showcases what it's like to live aboard the International Space Station. The exhibit will be open to the public through Sept. 2, 2014, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego, California.

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

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

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
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.

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

Odyssey of the Mind -- The Stackable Structure
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

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

NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge Contest Series
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.

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

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

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

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

Send Your Name to the Asteroid Bennu!
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.

OSSI NIFS -- Spring 2015 Opportunities
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
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
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
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
How will humans use space science and technology to benefit humanity? The Humans in Space Art Challenge invites college students and early career professionals to ponder this question and to express an answer creatively in a video less than three minutes long. Video artwork can be of any style, featuring original animation, sketches, music, live action drama, poetry, dance, Rube Goldberg machines, apps, etc. Younger students may also participate. Submissions must be received by Nov. 15, 2014.

NASA Research Opportunities in Aeronautics
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.
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