Welcome to NASA's Summer of Innovation website. In addition to the interactive hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math that are happening across the country, we have some online activities to get your brain buzzing this summer!
Please take a look at the interesting areas on this site -- Homework, Interactives, Games, Challenges, Videos, Careers and Experts -- and make sure to check back often for more! The Summer of Innovation project is focused on middle school students, and we also have information and activities for younger kids (Printables and Kids' Games) and older students who are interested in NASA.
> International Youth Art Competition → In April 2011, experts from around the world will gather in Houston for the International Academy of Astronautics Humans in Space Symposium. As part of this event, students ages 10-17 are invited to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art. Winning art will be displayed in an online gallery, and winners will be invited to attend the symposium in person. Submissions must be received by Sept. 30, 2010.
> Hitch a Ride on the Glory Satellite Do you want to hitch a ride on NASA's next climate monitoring satellite? Join the Glory mission, which will launch no earlier than Oct. 1, 2010, by surfing over to the Send Your Name Around the Earth Web page. Names will be recorded on a microchip built into the satellite, and you will get a printable certificate from NASA acknowledging your participation. There are already 226,323 names on the chip, but there's still plenty of room. You may not submit your name more than once.
> Send Your Name to Mars NASA invites you to submit your name to be included on a microchip that will be sent to Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, scheduled to launch in 2011. The Mars Science Laboratory is a rover that will assess whether Mars ever was, or still is, an environment able to support microbial life. Participants can print a certificate of participation and view a map showing where other contributors are from.
> Student Opportunity: Odyssey of the Mind → The Earth Observing System Project Science Office is sponsoring an Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem -- Earth Trek. Teams will design and build a small vehicle that will visit four locations. Each time it leaves a location, the vehicle will look different. After leaving one of the locations, it will appear to be a group of vehicles traveling together. The team's performance will incorporate the visits to the locations, the environments and the changes in appearance of the vehicle.
> 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.