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NASA STEM Opportunities and Activities For Students

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

Power to Explore Student Challenge

K-12 students are invited to enter a writing contest describing a new space mission to a destination with limited light…

Spring 2024 NASA L’SPACE Interactive Program for Students

A free online, interactive program for college students interested in pursuing a career with NASA or other space organizations.

GeneLab for High Schools

A four-week intensive training program for rising high school juniors and seniors sponsored by NASA’s Ames Research Center.

NASA Academy at Langley Research Center

A rigorous and diverse summer research program that prioritizes collaboration, teamwork, leadership, innovation, and creativity. 

NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

Participation is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students at accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities officially affiliated with their state's…

RASC-AL Competition

University students are invited to develop new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate on the Moon,…

NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies Competition: Advancing Aviation for Natural Disasters

Teams of students at accredited U.S.-based colleges or universities will conceptualize aviation-related system(s) that can be applied to one phase…

NASA Aeronautics “Dream With Us!” Design Challenge

Students ages 13-18, come dream with NASA Aeronautics and help us envision and market a more sustainable commercial aircraft.

Drop Tower Challenge – Microgravity Expulsion From Water

Teams of students in grades 8-12 are challenged to design and build devices to be tested in NASA’s Drop Tower

Lunabotics Challenge

University-level competition for teams to use the NASA systems engineering process to design, build, and operate a lunar robot.

High School Aerospace Scholars

A year-long commitment for Texas high school juniors related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, and aeronautics.

NASA Student Launch Challenge

Middle/high school and college-level student teams design, build, test, and launch a high-powered rocket carrying a scientific or engineering payload.

High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH)

A project based learning program for high school students to learn skills by designing and fabricating valued products for NASA.

App Development Challenge

A coding challenge in which NASA presents technical problems to middle/ high school students.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

Challenges are designed to build student knowledge and skills in STEM by focusing on NASA's goals, collaboration, and career pathways.

NASA Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students

NASA SUITS challenges undergraduate or graduate students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments.

Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams

Undergraduate students design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge.

NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Teams of high school and college students design, develop, build, and test human-powered rovers capable of traversing challenging terrain.

NASA Internship Programs

Eligibility at a Glance Requirements OSTEM Intern Pathways Intern International Intern Citizenship U.S. Citizen U.S. Citizen Citizen of a country…

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.

Robotics Alliance Project

Teams of professionals and young people are challenged to solve an engineering design problem in a competitive way.