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Special Announcement

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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Current Opportunities

Students and faculty may explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content through NASA's education opportunities for higher education in the Kennedy Space Center region and nationwide. Learn about ways to interact with NASA engineers and scientists in the programs listed below.

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Higher Education Opportunities for Students

2014 MUREP Scholarship
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a Summer 2014 10-week internship at a NASA center. Applications are due Aug. 23, 2013.

Family Day -- A Century of Women in Aerospace
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models at A Century of Women in Aerospace Day taking place Sept. 14, 2013, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.

Super Science Saturday -- Living and Working in Space
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. This month's event focuses on living and working in space. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Family Day -- Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration at Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space Day event taking place Sept. 21 2013, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. A second event will take place Oct. 5, 2013, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities. The events are free and open to the public.

OSSI -- Spring 2014 Opportunities(Higher Education)
The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI 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 2014 opportunities are due Oct. 11, 2013.

Super Science Saturday -- Balloons and Blimps
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Oct. 12, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. This month's event focuses on balloons and blimps. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness. Registration closes on Oct. 25, 2013.

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 fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2013.

Super Science Saturday -- The Moon and Beyond
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Nov. 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. This month's event focuses on the moon and beyond. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Super Science Saturday -- The Wright Brothers
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Dec. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. This month's event focuses on the Wright Brothers. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

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.

Odyssey of the Mind -- It's How You Look at It
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- It's How You Look at It. To solve this problem, teams create and present an original humorous performance that includes two characters that act naturally -- to them -- but odd to those around them. The performance must include a meter that indicates the degree of odd/normal behavior and a creative scene change. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions.

 

Higher Education Opportunities for Educators

2014 MUREP Scholarship (Higher Education)
NASA's Office of Education is accepting applications for Minority University Research and Education Program Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, based on tuition amount, and $6,000 for a Summer 2014 10-week internship at a NASA center. Applications are due Aug. 23, 2013.

Family Day -- A Century of Women in Aerospace(All Grade Levels)
For over 100 years, women have contributed to technological advances in aviation and space. Hear about the historic women who have inspired today’s role models at A Century of Women in Aerospace Day taking place Sept. 14, 2013, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.

Super Science Saturday -- Living and Working in Space(All Grade Levels)
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Sept. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. This month's event focuses on living and working in space. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Family Day -- Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space(All Grade Levels)
Celebrate Latin America’s historical contributions to aviation and space exploration at Hispanic Heritage Month: Innovators in Air and Space Day event taking place Sept. 21 2013, at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. A second event will take place Oct. 5, 2013, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Meet current Hispanic scientists and engineers through the Smithsonian Latinos in STEM initiative. Listen to bilingual stories and participate in hands-on activities. The events are free and open to the public.

OSSI -- Spring 2014 Opportunities(Higher Education)
The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, provides access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA. The site features the OSSI 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 2014 opportunities are due Oct. 11, 2013.

Super Science Saturday -- Balloons and Blimps(All Grade Levels)
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Oct. 12, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT. This month's event focuses on balloons and blimps. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge (Higher Education)
Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif. To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness. Registration closes on Oct. 25, 2013.

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships(Higher Education)
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 fellowship appointments that offer scientists and engineers unique opportunities to conduct research in fields of science relevant to NASA. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. or equivalent degree before beginning the fellowship, but may apply while completing the degree requirements. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2013.

Super Science Saturday -- The Moon and Beyond(All Grade Levels)
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Nov. 9, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. This month's event focuses on the moon and beyond. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

Super Science Saturday -- The Wright Brothers(All Grade Levels)
Join the National Air and Space Museum for Super Science Saturday at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va., on Dec. 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST. This month's event focuses on the Wright Brothers. Through demonstrations and hands-on activities, visitors of all ages will become immersed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics related to aviation and space exploration. Admission is free, and parking is $15.

NASA Visitor Centers: Passport to Explore Space (All Grade Levels)
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.

Teacher Learning Journeys Project(All Grade Levels)
NASA's Aerospace Education Services Project has teamed up with the National Science Teachers Association to launch the new Teacher Learning Journeys project. This new approach to individualized professional development allows participants to select, prioritize and complete training opportunities that allow them to make use of specific resources, teaching strategies and content. This free project helps participants meet personal learning goals, and increase student learning and motivation.

Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers(All Grade Levels)
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(All Grade Levels)
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 NASA's Digital Learning Network Module: Digital Badges(Grades 9-12 and Higher Education)
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to learn about a new innovative teaching tool called a digital badge. Using a brand-new type of 3D content, a new interactive game-based activity allows visitors to join in the excitement of the Mars Curiosity Rover. During your event, the DLN will give an overview of the Mars Curiosity Activity and provide additional information regarding digital badges for lifelong learning.

Odyssey of the Mind -- It's How You Look at It(All Grade Levels)
NASA is sponsoring the Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- It's How You Look at It. To solve this problem, teams create and present an original humorous performance that includes two characters that act naturally -- to them -- but odd to those around them. The performance must include a meter that indicates the degree of odd/normal behavior and a creative scene change. Visit the site for more information and dates for regional competitions.

Discovery Dome Loaner Program(Informal Education)
Thanks to NASA support from the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums, museums, science centers, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations are eligible for a free monthlong Discovery Dome loan. The dome includes the show "We Choose Space," but will also include other NASA-sponsored planetarium shows and software. Preference will be given to rural sites, sites more than 100 miles from a digital planetarium and sites serving minority groups.

Expanded Offer for Space Shuttle Tiles and Food(All Grade Levels)
NASA is expanding its offer of space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for spaceflight to museums and schools. Museums across the United States are now eligible to receive these pieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that have received them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program. Requests for these artifacts are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The artifacts are free, but museums and schools are responsible for paying shipping and handling fees.

Host a "From Earth to the Solar System" Exhibit (Informal Educators)
Celebrate NASA's Year of the Solar System by hosting a "From Earth to the Solar System" exhibit. This collection of high-resolution images showcases the excitement of planetary exploration. The images are freely available to organizations worldwide to host their own exhibitions. The artistic and informative images weave together themes in astrobiology, planetary science and astronomy. The collection represents the current state of exploration as seen through the eyes of the scientific community.

Teacher Opportunity: Fit Explorer Challenge (Grades K-12, Informal)
Inspire the nation's future explorers by joining NASA and the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in a variety of exciting physical and hands-on educational activities to encourage students to train like astronauts. Students in grades 3-5 will track their progress, learn the science behind nutritional and physical fitness, and relate physical Earth-based needs to the requirements of exploring in space.

Teacher and Student Opportunity: Ames Education Associates Project (Higher Education)
The Ames Education Associates Program is a unique experiential learning program that provides students or faculty members at U.S. colleges or universities, postdoctoral fellows and active K-12 teachers the opportunity to "experience NASA." Educational Associates will participate in and contribute to a project at a NASA facility for a minimum of two months, and a maximum of 12. The program operates year round and positions may start and end at any time.

Research Scholarship: NASA Astrobiology Institute (Higher Education)
The NASA Astrobiology Institute Research Scholarship Project offers research-related travel support that enables graduate or postdoctoral students to circulate among two or more NAI teams or participating institutions of the NAI. Requests are accepted on a continuous basis.

 

Page Last Updated: September 30th, 2013
Page Editor: Rob Cannon