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Current Opportunities for Students

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

Grades K-4

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event – Orion Flight Test
Don’t miss the Orion Flight Test. NASA invites you to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network event on Dec. 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST. Orion will launch atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This two-orbit, four-hour flight will evaluate launch and high-speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. The webcast including video of launch, special guests and more will be streamed on the NASA DLiNfo Channel.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 FIRST Robotic Competitions
The FIRST robotics programs challenge teams to design and build a robot in a six-week timeframe to play games that change every year. Several FIRST programs are available, covering students ages 6-18. The FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC, is targeted at high school students, and is the largest of the FIRST programs. In the FRC, students work side-by-side with professional engineers to create their robots while experiencing the entire engineering life cycle. The FRC Kickoff, the official start of the design-and-build season, is set for Jan. 3, 2015. Visit the site to find a kickoff event near you.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

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

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event – Orion Flight Test
Don’t miss the Orion Flight Test. NASA invites you to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network event on Dec. 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST. Orion will launch atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This two-orbit, four-hour flight will evaluate launch and high-speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. The webcast including video of launch, special guests and more will be streamed on the NASA DLiNfo Channel.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 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 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 15, 2014.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

Free Webcast -- Kites to Flight: Inventing With the Wright Brothers
Celebrate the anniversary of Wilbur and Orville Wright's historic first flight in 1903. Join the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on Dec. 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for this fast-paced webcast designed for students in sixth to eighth grades. Students will be introduced to the Wright brothers and the process of innovation. The program will use the Wright Flyer as a starting point to explore the concepts of flight. Supporting educational content and activities are available online.

2014-2015 FIRST Robotic Competitions
The FIRST robotics programs challenge teams to design and build a robot in a six-week timeframe to play games that change every year. Several FIRST programs are available, covering students ages 6-18. The FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC, is targeted at high school students, and is the largest of the FIRST programs. In the FRC, students work side-by-side with professional engineers to create their robots while experiencing the entire engineering life cycle. The FRC Kickoff, the official start of the design-and-build season, is set for Jan. 3, 2015. Visit the site to find a kickoff event near you.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

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.

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

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event – Orion Flight Test
Don’t miss the Orion Flight Test. NASA invites you to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network event on Dec. 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST. Orion will launch atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This two-orbit, four-hour flight will evaluate launch and high-speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. The webcast including video of launch, special guests and more will be streamed on the NASA DLiNfo Channel.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 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 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 15, 2014.

Future Engineers 3-D Printing in Space: Design a Space Tool Challenge
NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging students in grades K-12 to create and submit a digital 3-D model of a tool that they think astronauts might need in space. Using 3-D modeling software, participants have the opportunity for their designs to be printed on the first 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available. The grand prize for the winning student will be the opportunity to watch from NASA′s Payload Operations Center with the mission control team as the item he or she designed is printed in space. Entries are due Dec. 15, 2014.

2014-2015 FIRST Robotic Competitions
The FIRST robotics programs challenge teams to design and build a robot in a six-week timeframe to play games that change every year. Several FIRST programs are available, covering students ages 6-18. The FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC, is targeted at high school students, and is the largest of the FIRST programs. In the FRC, students work side-by-side with professional engineers to create their robots while experiencing the entire engineering life cycle. The FRC Kickoff, the official start of the design-and-build season, is set for Jan. 3, 2015. Visit the site to find a kickoff event near you.

2014-2015 NASA Goddard OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is launching the 2014-2015 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used on Earth. The scope of this year's contest is being expanded to include two challenges: a video challenge for grades 3-12 and an InWorld Challenge for grades 6-12. Winning students from each grade category will be invited to Goddard to participate in a behind-the-scenes workshop, attend a VIP awards ceremony and meet actor Peter Cullen, the voice of OPTIMUS PRIME. The deadline to register and upload videos is Jan. 12, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

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

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

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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. The deadline for submissions has been extended. All submissions must be received by Nov. 30, 2014.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event – Orion Flight Test
Don’t miss the Orion Flight Test. NASA invites you to tune in for a special Digital Learning Network event on Dec. 4, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. EST. Orion will launch atop a Delta IV heavy rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. This two-orbit, four-hour flight will evaluate launch and high-speed re-entry systems such as avionics, attitude control, parachutes and the heat shield. The webcast including video of launch, special guests and more will be streamed on the NASA DLiNfo Channel.

Free Lecture -- Rubble Trouble: How Space Junk Impacts Astronomy
The incredible information and images gathered using space telescopes have revolutionized what we know about the cosmos. Could space junk hinder future findings? On Dec. 6, 2014, research associate Lisa Rand will discuss this question and the impact space junk has on astronomy. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program -- Mission 8 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces Mission 8 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 8 is open to school districts serving grades 5-12, informal education organizations and colleges. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than Dec. 15, 2014.

NASA Space Technology Game Changing Program Solicitation for Ultralightweight Core Materials for Efficient Load-Bearing Composite Sandwich Structures
NASA is seeking proposals to develop and manufacture ultralightweight materials for aerospace vehicles and structures of the future. Proposals will demonstrate lower-mass alternatives to honeycomb or foam cores currently used in composite sandwich structures. Proposals will be accepted from U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and federally funded research and development centers. NASA expects to make two awards of up to $550,000 each for this first development phase. Proposals are due Dec. 16, 2014.

2015 NASA High-Altitude Student Platform Opportunity
NASA is accepting applications from students at U.S. colleges and universities who want to send experiments to the edge of space on a high-flying scientific balloon. The annual NASA/Louisiana Space Consortium project provides near-space access for 12 student experiments to be carried by a NASA high-altitude research balloon. The flights typically last 15 to 20 hours and reach an altitude of 23 miles. Experiments may include compact satellites or prototypes. The deadline for applications is Dec. 19, 2014.

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.

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.

2015 NASA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sample Return Robot Challenge
NASA and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, are seeking teams to compete in a robot technology demonstration competition with a potential $1.5 million prize purse. Teams will compete to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain without human control. Registration is open until Jan. 6, 2015. The competition will take place June 8-13, 2015.

2015 RASC-AL Aerospace Concepts Design Competition
The 2015 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage, or RASC-AL, competition is a design project contest open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students majoring in engineering or science at an accredited college or university. RASC-AL challenges participants to design projects based on real NASA problems, responding to one of four themes. Concepts derived from the design projects could potentially be implemented by NASA. University teams must submit abstracts by Jan. 11, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Observing the Origin of the Universe From the South Pole
After three years of observing from the South Pole, scientists may have found confirmation that the universe underwent a burst of inflationary growth at the time of the Big Bang. On Jan. 24, 2015, cosmologist Colin Bischoff will discuss these findings as well as the excitement of astronomy from Antarctica. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

2015 NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting applications for its 2015 Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The program provides scholarships for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students attending Minority Serving Institutions. A stipend and housing allowance is provided. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and must earn and maintain a minimum 3.2 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Applications are due Jan. 30, 2015.

2015-16 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships
The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, or NESSF, program is accepting proposals for the 2015-2016 academic year. Applications must be from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. NASA will award training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as principal investigator. The maximum NESSF award is $30,000 per year. Proposals are due Feb. 2, 2015.

2015 NASA Student Airborne Research Program
The NASA Student Airborne Research Program seeks applications from current junior undergraduate students. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign. Participants will assist in the operation of instruments aboard a DC-8 aircraft to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Participants receive a stipend, and living expenses are covered. Applications are due Feb. 5, 2015.

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage talented individuals to conduct research in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, fields. Participants must take part in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA's mission. Applicants must be enrolled fulltime at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Applications are due Feb. 9, 2015.

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium's Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Research should support NASA's mission. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled fulltime at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Applications are due Feb. 9, 2015.

National Space Biomedical Research Institute's Graduate Education Program in Space Life Sciences
The NSBRI-sponsored training program in space life sciences enables students to pursue doctorate degrees at Texas A&M University and focus their research on space life sciences and fields related to the space initiative. Texas A&M is recruiting participants for fall 2015. Students will pursue degrees in biomedical engineering, genetics, kinesiology, health physics or nutrition, or an M.D./Ph.D. or a Ph.D. in medical sciences. Application packages are due Feb. 17, 2015.

Free Lecture -- Tracing the Structure of the Universe With Galaxy Surveys
Studies of galaxy formation and cosmology have exploded in recent years due to the immense data obtained from large galaxy surveys. On Feb. 21, 2015, postdoctoral fellow Cameron McBride will discuss how observational data and theory are combined to better understand fundamental questions in our universe. The lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. EST at the Albert Einstein Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in the District of Columbia. Stay after the lecture to visit the observatory, weather permitting.

2015-16 Virginia Space Grant Consortium STEM Bridge Scholarship
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering renewable scholarships to sophomore undergraduate students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM. The STEM Bridge Scholarships are $1,000 and are available to students who are U.S. citizens from any federally recognized minority group enrolled fulltime at The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia or Virginia Tech. Applications are due March 16, 2015.

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

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.

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.
Page Last Updated: November 21st, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild