The Mars Helicopter, Ingenuity, is a technology demonstration that will test powered flight on another world for the first time. Ingenuity hitched a ride to Mars on the Perseverance rover, and is getting ready to take its first flight.
Get excited for this historic event with fun STEM activities.
NASA is turning the page to a new chapter of human space exploration. We’re going to land the first woman and next man on the Moon, and we need you to help us with a pledge of the Artemis Generation to explore. Send a recorded video pledge, and we’ll send it to the Moon aboard the Artemis I mission. Pledges are due April 2.
“NASA STEM Stars” is a webchat series that connects students with subject matter experts to learn about STEM careers and ask questions about STEM topics.
Join “NASA STEM Stars” for the first in a series of webinars focusing on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) research. Dr. Andrew Lind, a research aerospace engineer at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, will share how an early love of construction toys and flight simulators led him to get his pilot’s license and pursue a STEM career studying many aspects of aerodynamics and flying machines. From studying how propellers affect fuel efficiency in college to learning about his current role performing acoustic flight tests to make AAM vehicles quieter, we’ll soar through Dr. Lind’s career path and get advice for students interested in pursuing a career in aerospace.
Watch the live event and ask questions about pursuing careers in STEM.
Audience: Formal and Informal Educators, Parents and Caregivers
Webinar Date: April 8 at 2 p.m. EDT
Join the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program for a professional development webinar featuring Dr. Mike Wimberly from the University of Oklahoma. Learn how human modifications of Earth’s land surface has resulted in changes that affect many organisms, including disease-transmitting mosquitoes. Learn about several case studies that use satellite remote sensing to study connections between land cover and mosquito-borne disease transmission. Join us to discuss the opportunities and challenges of studying these relationships.
Audience: Educators, Parents and Caregivers of Students in Grades K-12
Explore resources connecting Earth science research being conducted on the International Space Station to K-12 curricula. Learn about the experiments underway within a range of disciplines, along with 20 years of Earth observations and experiments conducted on the space station. Explore Earth through the scientific lens of studying climate, air, land, water and human impact that will have your class wanting to learn more. Watch inspiring videos, and participate in engaging activities that can be completed in a classroom, at home or virtually.
Audience: Educators, Parents and Caregivers of Students of All Ages
You are invited to be a virtual guest for the launch of the NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. Join NASA for #LaunchAmerica as four astronauts travel to the International Space Station for a six-month mission. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than April 22 from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.
Register for email updates to let NASA know you’ll be watching the launch. Participants will receive schedule updates and access to related activities and resources (including a boarding pass and a virtual passport stamp for email registrants). Organizations hosting launch-focused events, including school groups and museums, are also encouraged to register.
NASA is seeking proposals for competitive funding opportunities in support of the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) administered by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Proposals are being accepted from coalitions led by Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) that support broadening participation in engineering. This activity enables MSIs to organize and lead coalitions comprising multiple organizations, institutions, agencies and industries to implement novel programmatic endeavors, or to support the expansion of existing successful programs or methodologies to address critical challenges with broad impact.
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: April 30
Start Date: Sept. 1
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education announce Mission 16 to the International Space Station, a community engagement initiative in STEM. In each participating community, one proposed student experiment is selected to fly in low-Earth orbit on the space station. For precollege grades 5-12, each community is expected to engage at least 300 students in real microgravity experiment design and proposal writing. For an undergraduate community, at least 30 students are expected to engage. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than April 30.
NASA is seeking proposals for competitive funding opportunities in support of the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) administered by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. Proposals are being accepted for the MUREP Space Technology Artemis Research (M-STAR) Implementation Funding activity. M-STAR will strengthen and develop the research capacity and infrastructure of U.S. Minority-Serving Institutions and enhance their capability to participate in NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate research. These efforts will support the advancement of technologies needed for exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.
Audience: Educators and Graduate Students Attending Minority-Serving Institutions
Informational Webinars: April 7 at 1 p.m. EDT and May 4 at 4 p.m. EDT
Proposal Deadline: May 24
NASA is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals for competitive funding opportunities in support of the 2021 NASA Fellowship activity. Supporting NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement objectives, this activity provides academic institutions the ability to enhance graduate-level learning and development. Candidates must attend a Minority-Serving Institution and be U.S. citizens or nationals who are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program pursuing a NASA-relevant field. Fellows will receive annual awards of up to $55,000 for their institutions.
The University Leadership Initiative provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining multidisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms and applying innovative strategies to strengthen research impact. Multiple awards are anticipated with nominal annual budgets in the $1 to 2 million range per award. Awards will have a maximum duration of five years.
NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) is forecasting the announcement of a funding opportunity during April-June 2021. Eligible proposers include U.S. nonprofit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations and libraries. Qualified peer reviewers who will not be proposing to the opportunity are invited to submit their qualifications, interest and availability. Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your interest and/or referrals.
Audience: Subject Matter Experts in Earth and Space Science
NASA's Science Mission Directorate seeks subject matter experts to serve as proposal reviewers. Visit the websiteto find volunteer review forms and to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review, you may be contacted to discuss scheduling.
Astronauts have busy schedules when they’re living and working in space. Current plant-growing systems require human intervention for watering, adjusting lighting and maintaining systems. Fully autonomous systems could make food production easier and less time-consuming for astronauts.
Teams of innovators in high school and college are challenged to design, build and test a smart system that can grow plants without human interaction over a 30-day period. Finalists will receive stipends to cover the building costs of their final prototypes. Visit the challenge website for full details and FAQs.
The Artemis Lunar Entry and Approach Platform for Research On Ground, or LEAPFROG, competition is a national software and flight-based challenge for university-level students to gain understanding and training on lunar landing vehicle technology and innovation. Coordinated by the California Space Grant Consortium, the software challenge will be conducted in a virtual environment that simulates obstacles on the lunar surface. The challenge is designed to test students’ understanding of control theory, flight dynamics modeling and simulation for flight systems. Visit the website for details and registration information. Winners will receive a full lander kit to assemble through a summer boot camp supported by the LEAPFROG team.
The Lucy in Space contest challenges students to bridge the human drive for discovery and exploration of our Earth origins to solar system exploration. Set to launch in 2021, the Lucy missionwill make history as the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids, a population of small bodies orbiting the Sun near Jupiter. Middle and high school students in the U.S. can submit creative artwork, videos and essays to explore the connection of ideas and methods of science across an array of fields of study — biology, Earth science, astrobiology, space exploration and planetary science.
Audience: Educators, Parents and Caregivers of Students of All Ages
Event Date: April 7 at 5 p.m. EDT
Join DreamUp for the first in a series of free education webinars focused on engaging students in space science. During this one-hour event, presenters will demonstrate exciting space science activities you can do with your learners using simple household materials. Click here to register.
Audience: U.S. Students in Grades 7-12, Educators, Parents and Caregivers
Deadline: April 12
Students are invited to propose experiments using new gene analysis tools aboard the International Space Station. Working individually or in teams, students are challenged to design a DNA experiment that addresses challenges in space travel and deep space exploration. From bacterial cell growth to the human immune system, everything works a little differently in space. Participation is free and does not require specialized equipment.
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.