Computer Science Education Week is Dec. 7-13. This annual event seeks to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers and partners to the field.
Audience: Educators, Parents, Caregivers and Students of All Ages
Session Dates: Dec. 7-11
Celebrate Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week with Tynker’s space-themed coding activities created in collaboration with NASA STEM Engagement. Get creative by solving exciting coding challenges, designing a lunar habitat and programming a Moon rover. Step-by-step instructions and sample code allow users of any experience level to participate.
This year, you can also participate in CodeLab sessions on YouTube Live, where NASA experts will introduce the science and engineering behind the space exploration-themed coding activities while Tynker teachers walk your students step-by-step through each activity. Click here for the live session schedule.
Audience:Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Entry Deadline:Dec. 13
NASA’s 2021 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition open to teams of five to 25 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for near-term dust mitigation (or dust tolerant) technologies that could be used for lunar applications near or at the Moon's South Pole. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life.
The challenge is sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. It is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.
Imagine what it would be like to lead a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. What skills, attributes and/or personality traits would an astronaut need for a successful mission 250,000 miles from Earth? What technology would be good to leave on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon?
Participants must be U.S. citizens. Entries will be divided into three categories: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12. Selected semifinalists will be invited to take part in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Nine finalists will have the opportunity to travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to learn about lunar exploration, and the national winner in each grade division will receive a family trip to see the first Artemis flight test to watch the most-powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Do you want to help select the winning essay?Click hereto register to be a judge.
Calling all artists in grades K-12. NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites you to take part in its 2021 Student Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Virtually Everywhere” and encourages you, the Artemis Generation, to illustrate ways NASA’s science, aeronautics and space exploration can be found virtually everywhere. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus, a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.
Audience:All Educators, Parents, Caregivers and Students
Closing Date: Dec. 31
You can help NASA explore Mars from home through the AI4Mars challenge. By examining images taken by the Curiosity rover, you can teach future Mars rovers how to identify terrain types, such as sand, rock and soil. Image annotations from participants will be used to develop an algorithm to help rovers identify and avoid potentially hazardous terrains. The resulting algorithm could be used in the ground operation system of the Mars Science Laboratory and Mars 2020 missions, as well as in future self-driving software on the rover.
The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying three moons of Uranus: Ariel, Oberon and Titania. Participants will examine and research the three moons, and then write an essay about the moon where they think NASA should return. In less than 300 words, participants must explain why they think the moon they choose would provide the best scientific results. Contest winners and their classmates will talk with NASA scientists.
NASA is seeking innovative ideas for excavating the Moon’s icy regolith, or dirt, and delivering it to a hypothetical processing plant at the lunar South Pole. This technology will help support a sustained human presence on the Moon by the end of the decade.
For Phase 1 of the competition, participants will submit ideas and approaches for a system architecture capable of excavating and moving icy regolith and water on the lunar surface. A prize pool of up to $500,000 will be awarded to challenge winners.
Audience: Educators, Parents and Caregivers of Students in Grades
Explore a variety of resources connecting computer science on the International Space Station to K-12 curricula. Learn about the space station and experiments such as human exploration telerobotics, Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellite (SPHERES) and medical robotics that benefit humans as we head to the Moon and beyond. Watch inspiring videos. Participate in engaging activities that can be completed in a classroom, at home or virtually.
Audience:Educators, Parents, Caregivers and Students
Launch Date: Dec. 5
Did you know the International Space Station is getting its first commercial air lock? SpaceX’s 21st resupply mission for NASA will be the first to use the upgraded version of the Dragon spacecraft. You can follow along byregistering for email updatesto let NASA know you’ll be watching the launch and to receive any schedule updates, related activities (including a virtual passport stamp for registrants) and access to curated resources.
Audience: Educators, Parents, Caregivers and Students in Middle School and Above
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket will be the most powerful rocket ever built, enabling astronauts to begin exploring destinations farther into the solar system. SLS is getting closer every day to the Artemis I launch. Get the latest updates on the SLS rocket’s progress sent to your inbox each month bysubscribing to the e-newsletter “SLS in 3, 2, 1.”
Audience: Formal, Homeschool and Non-formal Educators
Application Deadline: Dec. 7
The NASA eClips team is seeking diverse and highly motivated educators with a passion for integrative STEM education to join the 2020-2021 NASA eClips Teacher Advisory Board. Members will identify topics to be addressed in the development of new resources, review and provide feedback on NASA eClips resources and ensure that NASA eClips products meet the needs of learners.
The NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program provides opportunities for STEM faculty to do research for 10 weeks during the summer at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Applicants must be U.S. citizens working full time at accredited universities or colleges in the United States and its territories. The program provides stipends and covers limited travel expenses. Qualified faculty from majority- and minority-serving universities and colleges, including underserved groups and persons with disabilities, as well as early career faculty, are encouraged to apply.
NASA invites graduate students and established researchers to submit proposals for ground-based research for experimental and numerical studies that use experimental data residing in NASA's Physical Sciences Informatics System. This solicitation appendix features six research areas: biophysics, combustion science, complex fluids, fluid physics, fundamental physics and materials science. Proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisors. The typical award will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to two years.
Audience:U.S. Accredited Educational Institutions and Nonprofit Organizations
Proposal Deadline: 4:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 16
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be launched between 2021 and 2024 and deployed directly into orbit or from the International Space Station. Proposed CubeSat investigations must advance NASA’s strategic goals in the areas of science, technology development and education. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience in the process of designing, building and operating small research satellites. For this round of the initiative, NASA is particularly interested in proposals from organizations in Delaware, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota and Wyoming.
NASA's Office of STEM Engagement is accepting new proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2021 NASA Research Announcement for the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry (OCEAN) activity.
Through OCEAN awards, NASA aims to strengthen and develop the research capacity and infrastructure of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in areas of strategic importance and value to NASA’s mission and national priorities. NASA seeks to improve understanding of the structure and function of global aquatic ecosystems, their interactions with the atmosphere, terrestrial and cryospheric systems, and the ocean’s role in the cycling of the major biogeochemical elements. Awards will be made up to a maximum of $250,000/year for three years.
Audience: Upcoming Junior/Senior Undergraduate Students and Recent Graduates
Application Deadline: Jan. 4, 2021, at 5 p.m. PST
NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) provides professional experience in space life science areas such as molecular, cellular, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering. This challenging 10-week summer program trains the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in space life sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens ages 18 or older in high academic standing (GPA of 3.2 or higher).
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 internship was held virtually with 10 interns and two staffers from four different U.S. time zones. The 2021 SLSTP program will be held virtually as well.
The U.S. Department of Energy's Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges in Alaska. The appointment is for two years. During the first year, you will spend the first three to four months at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the balance of your time at a DOE National Laboratory. The second year is dependent on funding availability and your ability to meet program expectations. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have completed requirements for or received a master’s or doctorate in a STEM field.
Audience: Educators, Industry Experts, Researchers and Members of Academia
Registration Deadline: Jan. 8, 2021
The Conrad Challenge, now in its 15th year, is an annual, multiphase innovation and entrepreneurship competition that encourages young adults to participate in designing a sustainable future through purpose-driven education. Teams become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues using their creativity and critical-thinking skills.
Help inspire students to pursue STEM careers by registering to judge this year’s entries. Judges follow a rubric to review, score and provide feedback on business plans from teams worldwide, all through a virtual, user-friendly platform. Visit thewebsitefor details and to register.
Find NASA science resources for your classroom. NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of Earth and space science resources for educators of all levels — from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs.https://science.nasa.gov/learners/wavelength
Check out the ‘Explore NASA Science’ website! Science starts with questions, leading to discoveries. Visit science.nasa.gov. To view the site in Spanish, visit ciencia.nasa.gov.