NASA Education

Online Student Application

Logo for NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative LaunchPad Eligible students can access a portfolio of NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities through a single portal and a single application.
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Comments and Questions

Astronaut Barbara Morgan observes a student working on a computer Send a comment or ask a question about the NASA Education Web Site.
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President Launches Campaign

White House logo President Obama has launched an "Educate to Innovate" campaign to improve the participation and performance of America's students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
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About NASA's Education Program

NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow. 

In 2012 and beyond, NASA will continue to pursue three major education goals:
-- Strengthening NASA and the Nation's future workforce 
-- Attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines 
-- Engaging Americans in NASA's mission

Special Announcements

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years. As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided. For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

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NASA Recommends Discontinuation of Student Rocket Activity

Recently, an air pressurized paper rocket launcher being used by an educator failed. This launcher is described in NASA's Rockets Educator Guide, publications EG-2011-11-223-KSC, pp. 86-90 and EG-2008-05-060-KSC, pp. 86-90. NASA completed an engineering investigation into the failure and determined that the launcher, or design equivalents, should not be used. NASA has removed the launcher design from its website and its education curriculum. Individuals and organizations should immediately discontinue use of the launcher published in the referenced NASA publications. The point of contact for additional information is James Stofan, Deputy Associate Administrator for Education Integration at nasaedpartners@nasa.gov. We request that your organization assist NASA in disseminating this information as widely as possible throughout the education community.

Education Leadership

Leland Melvin Leland D. Melvin is NASA's associate administrator for education.
› View Leland Melvin's Biography
› Meeting and Speaker Requests 
› In Their Own Words: Leland Melvin Video
› Middle school student Molly Moore interviews Leland Melvin.
› Leland Melvin Honored

You can follow Leland Melvin on Twitter and his blog as he shares insight about NASA Education. 
› Twitter at@Astro_Flow→

Summer of Innovation

Summer of Innovation The Summer of Innovation project provides hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, educational activities during the summer school break. SOI is a key component of the agency's broader education program to increase student interest in STEM courses, particularly among those in underserved sectors of the academic community.
› Go to the Summer of Innovation Website

Ideas and/or Suggestions

Summer of Innovation The White House issued an unprecedented requirement for federal agencies to immediately implement actions related to transparency, participation and collaboration. NASA’s Office of Education is taking the next step to get involved with the Agency’s commitment to supporting this Open Government Directive. To learn more, we invite you to explore more about NASA and what we do. We also hope you give us feedback and help shape the future of the Agency.
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Related Links

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Business Opportunities
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Research Opportunities
NASA offices and field centers offer a wide variety of opportunities for researchers.

Education Calendar
Check the Education Calendar to discover how educators and students can interact with NASA.


The Orion capsule sits in a blue background Join the Exploration Design Challenge
NASA's EDC gives students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to play a unique role in the future of human spaceflight.
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A group of children look at an Apollo capsule exhibit in a museumOpportunities for Informal Education Institutions
Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed STEM informal education.

Man in blue astronaut suit with two girlsInternational Space Education Board
ISEB members offer educational activities and programs for international participation.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden speaks from a podiumNASA Expands Its Education Portfolio With Digital Badging
NASA's efforts to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education took a giant leap forward this week at a digital learning badges event.

Leland Melvin speaks into a microphoneNASA Partnership Announcement
NASA seeks unfunded collaborations with organizations to enhance its ability to achieve its strategic goals, outcomes, and objectives as they relate to education.

Lori Garver Women@NASA
The website was developed to encourage more young women to pursue careers in mathematics, science and technology. › Women@NASA Website  →
› A Tribute to Women at NASA
› Aspire 2 Inspire Website  →

Page Last Updated: December 9th, 2013
Page Editor: NASA Administrator