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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 for Students

Click on your grade level to find things you can do with NASA. Check this page often for new items.

Grades K-4

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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 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.

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.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

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.

New Horizons Kids Club
New Horizons wasn't the only voyage launched on Janurary 19, 2006. The New Horizons team welcomes five new "Pluto Pals." The five students were born on the same day the spacecraft started on its historic journey the outer solar system.

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.

 

Grades 5-8

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres
During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 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.

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.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

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.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
NASA's Digital Learning Network is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station’s mission control. Each event will begin with a 30-minute introduction by a DLN education specialist, followed by a question and answer session with mission control representatives. This special event will take place each Thursday. Visit the site to register your classroom for an upcoming event.

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.

 

Grades 9-12

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres
During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013
High school teams are challenged to design a software program for small satellites aboard the space station. The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. Three of these bowling-ball-sized satellites fly inside the station's cabin. The finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests. Registration is now open and the competition begins on Sept. 7, 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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 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.

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.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

Youth For Understanding USA
Youth For Understanding, or YFU, USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs, is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited about learning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annual scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad. YFU also seeks host families and mentors nationwide for international exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide. For more on YFU opportunities, visit http://www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural and professional exchanges across the world and also for American citizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/us. Join in the fun and make a difference!

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.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer
NASA's Digital Learning Network is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station’s mission control. Each event will begin with a 30-minute introduction by a DLN education specialist, followed by a question and answer session with mission control representatives. This special event will take place each Thursday. Visit the site to register your classroom for an upcoming event.

 

Current Opportunities for Educators

Don't miss out on opportunities available from NASA. Check the link for All Grade Levels, as well as the opportunities links listed in your grade level. Check this page often for new additions.

All Opportunities (listed in order of expiration)

Free Webinar -- Weather and Climate Introduction(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the differences in scope between weather and climate. Participants will gain a better understanding of the components of weather that are measured and how long-term weather measurement relates to climate change.

Free Webinar -- Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she discusses ways to modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units to incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

Free Webinar -- Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss Mars and how its atmosphere compares to Earth's. Learn about the Curiosity rover and NASA's future missions to the red planet. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity that demonstrates how the atmosphere can be used to slow down a lander.

Free Webinar -- Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Beth White as she discusses ways to use the online resource "Electricity and Power in Space" to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres(Grades 5-12)
During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

Free Webinar -- My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead participants through a series of lessons using the live access server of the My NASA Data website. Participants will learn how to search and download lesson plans from the My NASA Data website. These lessons allow students to analyze real NASA climate data.

Free Webinar -- Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses ways to use the online resource "Electricity and Power in Space" to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

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.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 1 -- Ask, Imagine and Plan(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler for this first part in a hands-on webinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering design process. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming and design challenges using the "Spaghetti Anyone?" tower building activity.

Free Webinar -- Satellite Meteorology: Demonstrations and Activities for Science(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 27, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski as she shares a series of online resources that use NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud cover, observe global weather patterns and examine information related to climate change. Participants will look at lessons, activities and simulations related to weather and climate.

Free Webinar -- Messenger Mission to Mercury: Introduction and Hands-On Activities(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Beth White will provide an overview of the Messenger mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Participants will explore images of the surface of Mercury and discuss the latest discoveries. A hands-on/minds-on activity will be shared, and participants will visit the Messenger mission website to get a glimpse of available resources.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 2 -- Create, Experiment and Improve(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she provides teachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test, evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013(Grades 9-12)
High school teams are challenged to design a software program for small satellites aboard the space station. The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. Three of these bowling-ball-sized satellites fly inside the station's cabin. The finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests. Registration is now open and the competition begins on Sept. 7, 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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 2013.

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.

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference(Grades K-12)
Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge(Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

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.

Youth For Understanding USA(Grades 9-12)
Youth For Understanding, or YFU, USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs, is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited about learning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annual scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad. YFU also seeks host families and mentors nationwide for international exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide. For more on YFU opportunities, visit http://www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural and professional exchanges across the world and also for American citizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/us. Join in the fun and make a difference!

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.

Mars Student Imaging Project(Grades 5-12)
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand new image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Applications are being accepted now.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer(Grades 5-12)
NASA's Digital Learning Network is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station's mission control. Each event will begin with a 30-minute introduction by a DLN education specialist, followed by a question and answer session with mission control representatives. This special event will take place each Thursday. Visit the site to register your classroom for an upcoming event.

New NASA's Digital Learning Network Module: STEM on Station(Grades 5-8)
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating the International Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in the driver’s seat as they complete four activities related to concepts NASA engineers use. During your event, the DLN host will provide additional information regarding the marvel of the space station! A Teacher's Resource Guide with activities is provided.

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.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the new NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation and recognition for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools. Participants have access to NASA opportunities and are recognized for innovative use of NASA educational resources and demonstration of best practices in STEM education.

Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students (Grades 9-12)
The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, or WRATS, provides high school teachers with a technical flight experience to reinforce concepts in the classroom. Teachers and students participate virtually in hands-on experiences based on NASA's sounding rocket engineering and science data collection. WRATS includes interactive Web-based data to teach lessons in physics and engineering. Teachers also receive resources to integrate the data into classroom lessons.

Wallops Balloon Experience for Education (Grades 9-12)
The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, or WRATS, provides high school teachers with a technical flight experience to reinforce concepts in the classroom. Teachers and students participate virtually in hands-on experiences based on NASA's sounding rocket engineering and science data collection. WRATS includes interactive Web-based data to teach lessons in physics and engineering. Teachers also receive resources to integrate the data into classroom lessons.

Rock Around the World (Grades K-4)
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.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.

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.

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.

 

Grades K-4

Free Webinar -- Weather and Climate Introduction(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the differences in scope between weather and climate. Participants will gain a better understanding of the components of weather that are measured and how long-term weather measurement relates to climate change.

Free Webinar -- Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she discusses ways to modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units to incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

Free Webinar -- My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead participants through a series of lessons using the live access server of the My NASA Data website. Participants will learn how to search and download lesson plans from the My NASA Data website. These lessons allow students to analyze real NASA climate data.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 1 -- Ask, Imagine and Plan(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler for this first part in a hands-on webinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering design process. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming and design challenges using the "Spaghetti Anyone?" tower building activity.

Free Webinar -- Messenger Mission to Mercury: Introduction and Hands-On Activities(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Beth White will provide an overview of the Messenger mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Participants will explore images of the surface of Mercury and discuss the latest discoveries. A hands-on/minds-on activity will be shared, and participants will visit the Messenger mission website to get a glimpse of available resources.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 2 -- Create, Experiment and Improve(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she provides teachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test, evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.

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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 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.

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.

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference(Grades K-12)
Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge(Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

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.

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.

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.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the new NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation and recognition for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools. Participants have access to NASA opportunities and are recognized for innovative use of NASA educational resources and demonstration of best practices in STEM education.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.

Teacher Opportunity: Fit Explorer Challenge (Grades K-12, Informal Education)
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.

Rock Around the World (Grades K-4)
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.

 

Grades 5-8

Free Webinar -- Weather and Climate Introduction(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 19, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss the differences in scope between weather and climate. Participants will gain a better understanding of the components of weather that are measured and how long-term weather measurement relates to climate change.

Free Webinar -- Applying the Engineering Design Process to STEM Content(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 20, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she discusses ways to modify lessons to teach the engineering process while still covering required content. Upon completion, participants will be able to modify lessons and units to incorporate engineering design into any science, technology, engineering and mathematics subject as recommended in the Common Core standards.

Free Webinar -- Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss Mars and how its atmosphere compares to Earth's. Learn about the Curiosity rover and NASA's future missions to the red planet. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity that demonstrates how the atmosphere can be used to slow down a lander.

Free Webinar -- Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Beth White as she discusses ways to use the online resource "Electricity and Power in Space" to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres(Grades 5-12)
During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

Free Webinar -- My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead participants through a series of lessons using the live access server of the My NASA Data website. Participants will learn how to search and download lesson plans from the My NASA Data website. These lessons allow students to analyze real NASA climate data.

Free Webinar -- Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses ways to use the online resource "Electricity and Power in Space" to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 1 -- Ask, Imagine and Plan(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler for this first part in a hands-on webinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering design process. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming and design challenges using the "Spaghetti Anyone?" tower building activity.

Free Webinar -- Satellite Meteorology: Demonstrations and Activities for Science(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 27, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski as she shares a series of online resources that use NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud cover, observe global weather patterns and examine information related to climate change. Participants will look at lessons, activities and simulations related to weather and climate.

Free Webinar -- Messenger Mission to Mercury: Introduction and Hands-On Activities(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Beth White will provide an overview of the Messenger mission along with lessons and activities connected to the mission. Participants will explore images of the surface of Mercury and discuss the latest discoveries. A hands-on/minds-on activity will be shared, and participants will visit the Messenger mission website to get a glimpse of available resources.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 2 -- Create, Experiment and Improve(Grades K-8)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler as she provides teachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test, evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.

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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 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.

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.

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference(Grades K-12)
Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge(Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

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.

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.

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.

Mars Student Imaging Project(Grades 5-12)
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand new image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Applications are being accepted now.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer(Grades 5-12)
NASA's Digital Learning Network is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station’s mission control. Each event will begin with a 30-minute introduction by a DLN education specialist, followed by a question and answer session with mission control representatives. This special event will take place each Thursday. Visit the site to register your classroom for an upcoming event.

New NASA's Digital Learning Network Module: STEM on Station(Grades 5-8)
NASA's Digital Learning Network, or DLN, is excited to offer a unique opportunity to see firsthand how operating the International Space Station is tied to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, classroom lessons. This module puts students in the driver’s seat as they complete four activities related to concepts NASA engineers use. During your event, the DLN host will provide additional information regarding the marvel of the space station! A Teacher's Resource Guide with activities is provided.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the new NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation and recognition for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools. Participants have access to NASA opportunities and are recognized for innovative use of NASA educational resources and demonstration of best practices in STEM education.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.

Teacher Opportunity: Fit Explorer Challenge (Grades K-12, Informal Education)
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.

 

Grades 9-12

Free Webinar -- Earth and Mars: An Atmospheric Perspective(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 20, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Marilé Colón Robles will discuss Mars and how its atmosphere compares to Earth's. Learn about the Curiosity rover and NASA's future missions to the red planet. Participants will take part in a hands-on activity that demonstrates how the atmosphere can be used to slow down a lander.

Free Webinar -- Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 21, 2013, at 2 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Beth White as she discusses ways to use the online resource "Electricity and Power in Space" to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Event -- Small Bodies: Vesta and Ceres(Grades 5-12)
During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn spacecraft will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Learn more about these small bodies during a live videoconference with planetary geologist Dr. Julie Castillo-Rogez on Aug. 22, 2013, at Noon EDT. Castillo-Rogez will discuss the classification of Vesta and Ceres and will answer students’ questions.

Free Webinar -- My NASA Data: Using Live-Access Weather and Climate Data(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 22, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will lead participants through a series of lessons using the live access server of the My NASA Data website. Participants will learn how to search and download lesson plans from the My NASA Data website. These lessons allow students to analyze real NASA climate data.

Free Webinar -- Exploring Solar Energy: Electricity for Space Exploration(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 23, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Tony Leavitt as he discusses ways to use the online resource "Electricity and Power in Space" to provide an exciting context for teaching concepts related to energy, electricity and circuits. Participants will be guided through a series of activities relating to circuits, voltage, amperes, ohms and much more.

Free Webinar -- Engineering Design Process: Part 1 -- Ask, Imagine and Plan(Grades K-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Susan Kohler for this first part in a hands-on webinar series to provide details on the first three steps of the engineering design process. Participants learn about problem identification, brainstorming and design challenges using the "Spaghetti Anyone?" tower building activity.

Free Webinar -- Satellite Meteorology: Demonstrations and Activities for Science(Grades 5-12)
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a free hourlong webcast on Aug. 27, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT. Join aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski as she shares a series of online resources that use NASA data and imagery to monitor cloud cover, observe global weather patterns and examine information related to climate change. Participants will look at lessons, activities and simulations related to weather and climate.

Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2013(Grades 9-12)
High school teams are challenged to design a software program for small satellites aboard the space station. The competition centers on the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. Three of these bowling-ball-sized satellites fly inside the station's cabin. The finalists will have their codes sent to the station, where an astronaut will program the SPHERES satellites to run their tests. Registration is now open and the competition begins on Sept. 7, 2013.

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.

2014 GLOBE Calendar Art Competition(Grades K-12)
The Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is sponsoring an international art competition to encourage students to highlight and document GLOBE communities around the world. Through a variety of media, GLOBE students will show how their local environment is unique, and how participating in GLOBE has helped them appreciate their surroundings. Winning entries will be featured in the 2014 GLOBE calendar. Entries are due Sept. 30, 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.

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.

2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference(Grades K-12)
Register today for the Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more. Attend sessions hosted by scientists, engineers and astronauts leading the charge in exploration. Receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

NASA Exploration Design Challenge(Grades K-12)
NASA's Exploration Design Challenge invites students from around the world to think and act like scientists to come up with ways to protect astronauts from space radiation. Students in grades K-8 will analyze different materials that simulate space radiation shielding. Students in grades 9-12 will design radiation shielding to protect a sensor on the Orion crew module from space radiation. The names of all students participating in the challenge will fly aboard the Orion spacecraft as honorary virtual crewmembers during its test flight in 2014. The deadline to register students for the virtual crew is March 14, 2014.

Green Strides Webinar Series (Grades K-12)
The U.S. Department of Education presents the Green Strides Webinar Series. These webinars feature experts from various federal programs. The webinars are free, and events are scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

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.

Youth For Understanding USA(Grades 9-12)
Youth For Understanding, or YFU, USA, a nonprofit leader in youth exchange programs, is reaching out to educators, parents and students who are excited about learning and intercultural exchange. YFU awards $1.6 million in annual scholarships to U.S. high school students to study abroad. YFU also seeks host families and mentors nationwide for international exchange students arriving in August to attend high schools nationwide. For more on YFU opportunities, visit http://www.yfu-usa.org or call 1-800-TEENAGE. The U.S. Department of State sponsors multiple programs for educational, cultural and professional exchanges across the world and also for American citizens to go abroad. To learn more, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/us. Join in the fun and make a difference!

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.

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.

Mars Student Imaging Project(Grades 5-12)
The Mars Student Imaging Project is seeking educator applicants to participate in a virtual experiential opportunity for the 2011-2012 school year and the summer of 2012. Students will have the opportunity to ask a research question about Mars, use real Mars data to answer the question, interact with Mars scientists and target a brand new image of Mars using a special camera on the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft. Applications are being accepted now.

NASA's Digital Learning Network Special Event: Chat With a Mission Control Flight Officer(Grades 5-12)
NASA's Digital Learning Network is excited to offer a unique opportunity to ask questions of an actual mission control flight officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Students will witness the inner workings of the International Space Station’s mission control. Each event will begin with a 30-minute introduction by a DLN education specialist, followed by a question and answer session with mission control representatives. This special event will take place each Thursday. Visit the site to register your classroom for an upcoming event.

NASA Explorer Schools Registration Open (Grades K-12)
Register today to take part in the new NASA Explorer Schools project. NES offers multiple pathways for participation and recognition for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. The project requires no application process. Project materials are freely available to all types of schools. Participants may be individual educators, teams of educators or whole schools. Participants have access to NASA opportunities and are recognized for innovative use of NASA educational resources and demonstration of best practices in STEM education.

Wallops Balloon Experience for Education (Grades 9-12)
The Wallops Rocket Academy for Teachers and Students, or WRATS, provides high school teachers with a technical flight experience to reinforce concepts in the classroom. Teachers and students participate virtually in hands-on experiences based on NASA's sounding rocket engineering and science data collection. WRATS includes interactive Web-based data to teach lessons in physics and engineering. Teachers also receive resources to integrate the data into classroom lessons.

Free Teaching Tools Aligned to State Science Education Standards (Grades K-12)
A series of free curriculum supplements from the National Institutes of Health aimed at promoting science education achievement is now aligned to individual state education standards in science, math, health and English language arts for grades K-12. The ongoing series promotes inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning. The series currently includes 16 supplements on such topics as genetics, infectious diseases and cell biology. Visit the site to request these free education supplements.

 

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