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Get Involved with NASA

We invite members of the public to contribute their time and expertise to advancing research, solving problems, and potentially winning prizes as a result of their work. We also invite you to find out all of the ways you can bring NASA into your life through participating in experiences, learning engagements, and activities that you can do on your own.

Help NASA Solve Challenges

NASA invites the public to develop solutions in support of the agency's missions. Below are current opportunities, including prize competitions, challenges, crowdsourcing, and solicitations that address the agency's needs.

NASA Space ROS Sim Summer Sprint Challenge

Space ROS is an open-source software framework, derived from ROS 2, which was created to be compatible with the demands…

Robotic Assembly and Outfitting for NASA Space Missions

NASA is turning to the 3D modeling experts in the community for ideas and designs to use or enhance the…


Middle/high school student teams are invited to submit science and technology experiment ideas to fly on a suborbital flight platform.

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Citizen Science

NASA citizen science projects are open to everyone around the world, not limited to U.S. citizens or residents.

NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. More than 450 NASA citizen scientists have been named as co-authors on refereed scientific publications. Want to work on some real NASA science? Be a Citizen Scientist!

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The Biopolymer Research for In-Situ Capabilities team assembles the control experiments that will be delivered to middle school classrooms for the students to run as part of the citizen science program. Image courtesy of Ben Gao.

Bring NASA into Your Classroom

Professional development, webcasts, lectures, contests, and more

Browse opportunities that integrate NASA missions, educational resources, and NASA-unique facilities to provide high-quality STEM content and hands-on learning experiences. Educators return to their classrooms equipped with real-world experiences relevant to NASA content, hands-on training, and readiness to teach and engage their students in the STEM areas.

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NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative

Explore Student Opportunities

Multiple challenges and opportunities reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

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NASA TechRise Student Challenge

Middle/high school student teams are invited to submit science and technology experiment ideas to fly on a suborbital flight platform.

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NASA Student Launch Challenge

Student Launch is a research-based, competitive, experiential exploration activity. This project offers multiple challenges reaching a broad audience of middle and high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation.

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First Nations Launch

The competition offers Tribal college-level students the opportunity to demonstrate engineering and design skills through direct application in high-powered rocketry.

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Informational Webinar: Europa Clipper – Seeking Life on Jupiter’s Icy Moon

Join this informational webinar to learn more about the mission and NASA’s plans for student and public engagement.

In October 2024, NASA is sending a mission to explore an ocean on another world. Europa, a moon of Jupiter, has a global ocean of liquid water under an icy surface. The Europa Clipper mission will orbit Jupiter, making several close approaches to Europa, to collect data on its geology and chemistry and determine whether there are places below Europa’s surface that could support life. Webinar Date: July 23, at noon EDT.

NASA'S Europa Clipper Spacecraft
Artist’s rendering of NASA’s Europa Clipper spacecraft.

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Help NASA explore creative possibilities for addressing the agency’s needs through prizes, challenges, and crowdsourcing opportunities.

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These projects are collaborations between scientists and members of the public.

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We’re launching learning to new heights with STEM resources.

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