Current NASA Education Opportunities

Last Updated on February 04, 2016
Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below

New This Week!

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Event Date: Feb. 6, 2016Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars
Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators
Next Event Date: Feb. 8, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST

2016 NASA MUREP Educator Institutes
Audience: Pre-service and Alternate-Route STEM Teacher Candidates From Minority Serving Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 10, 2016

‘Mosaics in Science’ Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Ages 18-35 Years Old
Application Deadline: Feb. 19, 2016

Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress
Audience: Full-time U.S. Graduate Students Attending U.S. Universities
Submission Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Summer 2016 Policy Internship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Audience: All Educators and Students
Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2016

‘RockOn! 2016’ University Rocket Science Workshop
Audience: Higher Education Faculty and Students
Registration Deadline: May 2, 2016
Workshop Dates: June 18-23, 2016


PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…

NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2016 Space Grant Internships
Audience: Higher Education Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship
Audience: Undergraduate Sophomores and Juniors at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship
Audience: Graduate Students at Virginia Space Grant Consortium Member Institutions
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Audience: Informal Education Institutions; K-12 School Systems; Higher Education Institutions; State, Local and Tribal Governments
Application Deadline: Feb. 8, 2016

“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing Through March 2016

#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Next Deadline: Feb. 10, 2016

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: Feb. 11, 2016, at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)

2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program
Audience: Undergraduate Students Majoring in Geology or a Related Science
Application Deadline: Feb. 12, 2016

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Audience: Designed for Families With Children Ages 10 to 14, but Open to All
Next Event Date: Feb. 12, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class
Audience: All Educators and Graduate Students
Application Deadline: Mid-February 2016

2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program
Audience: Higher Education Educators
Application Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Mentored Research Program in Space Life Science
Audience: Students Pursuing Doctorate Degrees at Texas A&M University
Proposal Deadline: Feb. 15, 2016

2016 NASA Academy
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

2016 NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative
Audience: College Students Who Will Be Juniors, Seniors or Graduate Students in Fall 2016
Application Deadline: Feb. 16, 2016

Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use
Audience: Educational Institutions, Museums and Other Education Organizations

2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2016

Google Plus Hangout Series: How to Survive in Space
Audience: All Educators and Students
First Event Date: Feb. 23, 2016, 9 – 10 a.m. EST

Call for Papers: 2016 International Space Station Research and Development Conference
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb. 25, 2016

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: 5-12 Students
Entry Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

‘Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond’ Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Students and Faculty
Submission Deadline: Feb. 26, 2016

Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science Researchers
Audience: Higher Education Students
Proposal Deadline: Various Dates Depending on Specific Program

Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)
Audience: Education Institutions and Organizations
Applications Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through Dec. 31, 2017

Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html

Are you looking for NASA educational materials to support your STEM curriculum? Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword athttp://www.nasa.gov/education/resources/.

 

NEW THIS WEEK!

Family Day Events at Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s Family Day event series celebrates the diverse ethnic and cultural communities that have contributed to aviation and space exploration. Events will commemorate historic and current contributions through presentations and activities for the entire family. The events are free and open to the public.

African-American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Feb. 6, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia

Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/african-american/

African-American Pioneers in Aviation and Space
Feb. 20, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia

Celebrate the significant contributions African-Americans have made to flight and space exploration despite the overwhelming obstacles they had to overcome. Visitors will enjoy presentations, hands-on activities and stories. They may have the opportunity to meet astronauts, fighter pilots, and others who will share stories of their challenges and accomplishments.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/african-american/

Women in Aviation and Space
March 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia
Throughout the history of aviation and space exploration, women have fought to be on equal terms with their male counterparts. Celebrate the incredible contributions of women in aviation and space exploration at this event featuring presentations by women in the field, hands-on activities and stories.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/womens-history/

Explore the Universe
April 9, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. EST
National Air and Space Museum in Washington, District of Columbia
People around the world have always looked to the sky, but they don’t always see the same things. Bring your family to experience how different people study the sky and to hear their stories. Learn about telescopes and, if weather permits, do some daytime observations.
http://airandspace.si.edu/events/heritage-days/explore-universe/

Please direct questions about this series of events to the Visitor Service line at 202-633-2214.

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Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

NASA Rockets 2 Racecars: May the Force Uplift You, or Not!
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-9
Event Date: Feb. 8, 2016, at 4 p.m. EST
Get your students revved up about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars! Participants will learn more about the science behind racing and the forces of flight and motion. Educators will discuss air pressure and airflow on airplane wings in relation to racecars to help students understand Bernoulli’s principle. Register online to participate.https://www.etouches.com/150707

Solar System and Beyond: The Kepler Mission Exploring Strange New Worlds
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: Feb. 10, 2016, at 6 p.m. EST
Explore how the Kepler Space Telescope searches for planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Participants will investigate how to use real Kepler telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet orbiting a star in another solar system is Earth-like and a candidate to support “life.” Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/159277

Solar System and Beyond: Exploring Black Holes in Space
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Feb. 11, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Explore black holes through NASA’s Space Math website for educators of grades 6-8. This STEM-based webinar uses NASA press releases, eClips videos, and math problems involving mathematical expressions. The content of this webinar is aligned with the NGSS: PS1, PS3, ESS1, and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/158868

For a full schedule of upcoming webinars, visithttp://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA MUREP Educator Institutes

Pre-service and alternate-route STEM teacher candidates from Minority Serving Institutions are invited to participate in a five-day MUREP Educator Institute taking place this summer at each of the 10 NASA centers. Funded by NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, the institutes present student-centered classroom activities that feature NASA assets and resources. These activities will help educators develop instructional practices to enhance STEM instruction for all students.

Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to send a team of up to five STEM teacher candidates and a faculty sponsor. Participants are provided with lodging, breakfasts and lunches, and a $500 stipend.

Applications are due Feb. 10, 2016.

For more information, including a list of upcoming institute locations and dates, visit https://www.txstate-epdc.net/epdc-post/calling-all-msis/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Michelle Berry at NASAMEI@txstate.edu.

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‘Mosaics in Science’ Program

The National Park Service’s ‘Mosaics in Science’ Diversity Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates who are underrepresented in STEM career fields with on-the-ground, science-based work experience related to natural resources in the National Park System.

Participants spend 11 weeks working on a STEM project in a national park. After completing their projects, participants travel to the District of Columbia for a career workshop that provides opportunities to present their work, learn about how to apply for a federal job, and meet National Park Service staff and management. Participants receive a stipend of $4,800, plus housing and travel allowances.

To be eligible, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States between 18 and 35 years old. The applicants must attend or recently have graduated from an undergraduate institution, or they must be in the early stages of their career. Eligible students and young adults from groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to seek nomination. These groups include but are not limited to African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.

Applications are due Feb. 19, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/mosaics/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Lisa Norby atlisa_norby@nps.gov.

This program is run in partnership with Environment for the Americas and Greening Youth Foundation.

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Call for Abstracts: 67th International Astronautical Congress

NASA announces its intent to participate in the 67th International Astronautical Congress, or IAC, and requests that full-time U.S. graduate students attending U.S. universities respond to this “Call for Abstracts.”

The IAC — which is organized by the International Astronautical Federation, or IAF; the International Academy of Astronautics, or IAA; and the International Institute of Space Law, or IISL — is the largest space-related conference worldwide and selects an average of 1,000 scientific papers every year. The upcoming IAC will be held Sept. 26-30, 2016, in Guadalajara, Mexico. NASA’s participation in this event is part of an ongoing effort to connect NASA with the astronautical and space international community.

This “Call for Abstracts” is a precursor to a subsequent submission of a final paper, which may be presented at the 67th IAC. Student authors are invited to submit an abstract regarding an original, unpublished paper that has not been submitted in any other forum. A NASA technical review panel will select abstracts from those that have been accepted by the International Astronautical Federation. This opportunity is for graduate students majoring in fields related to the IAF research topics. Students may submit technical (oral) presentations and/or posters. Students may submit abstracts that are co-authored with their Principal Investigators. However, the student must be the “lead author,” and only the student will present at the IAC. Students must be available to travel to the conference to represent NASA and their universities. Students must be U.S. citizens, attending a U.S. university, who plan to enter a career in space science or aeronautics. Pending the availability of funding, graduate students selected by NASA to participate in the IAC will be considered for subsidy funding from NASA.

Many students and professors currently are involved in NASA-related research that could be considered for this submission. Students submitting abstracts are strongly encouraged to seek advice from professors who are conducting NASA research and/or from NASA scientists and engineers. Abstracts must be related to NASA’s ongoing vision for space exploration and fit into one of the following IAC categories:

— Science and Exploration — Systems sustaining missions, including life, microgravity, space exploration, space debris and Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, or SETI
— Applications and Operations — Ongoing and future operational applications, including earth observation, communication, navigation, human space endeavors and small satellites
— Technology — Common technologies to space systems including astrodynamics, structures, power and propulsion
— Infrastructure — Systems sustaining space missions including space system transportation, future systems and safety
— Space and Society — Interaction of space with society including education, policy and economics, history, and law

The criteria for the selection will be defined according to the following specifications:
— Abstracts should specify purpose, methodology, results, conclusions and areas for discussion.
— Abstracts should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content is included.
— Abstracts should clearly indicate that the material is new and original; they should explain why and how.
— Prospective author(s) should certify that the paper was not presented at a previous meeting.

Abstracts must be written in English, and the length should not exceed 400 words. Tables or drawings are not allowed in the abstract.

NOTE: If you plan to seek assistance from NASA, you must submit to the International Astronautical Federationand to NASA.
— Submit your abstract to the IAF at their website
www.iafastro.org by Feb. 29, 2016 (14:00 CET).
— Submit your abstract to NASA at
https://iac.nasaprs.com no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

IAC Paper Selection
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the Session Chairs on the basis of technical quality and relevance to the session topics. Selected abstracts may be chosen for eventual oral or poster presentation. Any such choice is not an indication of quality of the submitted abstract. Their evaluation will be submitted to the Symposium Coordinators. They will make acceptance recommendations to the International Programme Committee, which will make the final decision. Please note that any relevance to the Congress main theme will be considered as an advantage.

The following information must be included in the submission: paper title, name of contact author, name of co-author(s), organization(s), full postal address, phone, email of the author and co-author(s). The abstract should specify purpose, methodology, results and conclusions. The abstract should indicate that substantive technical and/or programmatic content is included, as well as clearly indicate that the material is new and original and explain why and how.

Please check the IAF website (www.iafastro.org) regularly to get the latest updates on the Technical Programme.

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Summer 2016 Policy Internship Program

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, or OSTP, is seeking students for summer 2016 internships. The OSTP advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analyses and judgment for the president with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the federal government.

Policy internships are open to interested students from all majors and programs, including law school programs. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are enrolled, at least half-time, in an accredited college or university during the period of volunteer service. Students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in all fields are encouraged to apply.

While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience and networking opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

Applications for summer 2016 internships are due Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ostp/about/student.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contactRebecca Grimm at rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.

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2016 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program. PAEMST is the highest recognition that a teacher of K-12 mathematics or science (including computer science) may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. Since 1983, more than 4,400 teachers have been recognized for their contributions to mathematics and science education. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education. Up to 108 awardees may be recognized each year.

Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President of the United States; a trip for two to Washington, D.C., to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on the behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The PAEMST program is open to outstanding mathematics and science teachers in the 50 states and the four U.S. jurisdictions (Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense education activity schools; and the U.S. territories as a group). Anyone — principals, teachers, parents, students or members of the public — may nominate a teacher by completing the nomination form available on the PAEMST website. Teachers also may apply directly. Teachers from groups underrepresented in STEM teaching and learning are encouraged to apply.

Nominations for elementary school teachers (grades K-6) are due April 1, 2016. Secondary school teachers (grades 7-12) are eligible to apply in 2017.

For more information, visit http://www.paemst.org/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity toinfo@paemst.org.

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‘RockOn! 2016’ University Rocket Science Workshop

University and community college faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the “RockOn! 2016” workshop June 18-23, 2016, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Workshop participants must be U.S. citizens. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 2, 2016.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

Register before March 23, 2016, and save $100 on workshop registration.

For more information about “RockOn!” and to register online, visit http://spacegrant.colorado.edu/national-programs/rockon-2016-home/.

Since 2008, more than 376 people have participated in the “RockOn!” workshops and successfully built and launched 119 payloads to space. Images and information from past years’ workshops can be found at the “RockOn!” website.

Questions about the workshop or the registration process should be directed to Chris Koehler by email atkoehler@colorado.edu or by telephone at 303-492-4750.

PREVIOUSLY PROMOTED OPPORTUNITIES…
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NASA Science Mission Directorate — Summer 2016 Space Grant Internships

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is looking to fill Space Grant-sponsored internships for summer 2016 sessions. Internship opportunities are available with three NASA missions.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Launched in 1999, Chandra is one of NASA’s Great Observatories and continues to be a major research tool for X-ray astronomy. Chandra has internship opportunities available assisting two different teams. Applicants may choose to assist the Flight Operations team or the Integration team. Both opportunities involve working to enhance ground system software to support flight operations of NASA’s Chandra spacecraft. Interns will work side-by-side with engineers at the Chandra Operations Control Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Space Telescope Science Institute
The Space Telescope Science Institute, located in Baltimore, Maryland, is one of the world’s premiere astronomical research institutions. It is the science operations center for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and its future successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. The institute is seeking a summer intern to work on developing education products in the Office of Public Outreach.

OSIRIS-REx
NASA has awarded a contract to the University of Arizona in Tucson to lead OSIRIS-REx, the first U.S. asteroid sample-return mission. OSIRIS-REx is part of the NASA New Frontiers Program of solar system exploration. This summer, the mission will be ramping up to its September launch, and its Communications and Public Engagement office is seeking an intern to support the mission’s pre-launch communications activities. The team will be producing a communications campaign involving video and graphics products. Applicants should have writing, art and videography skills to create products for this campaign.

Applicants for these internships must be U.S. citizens. Individual Space Grants will submit names and application materials for students interested in applying for these internships. Applications should be submitted via the home Space Grant organization of the applicant (either the applicant’s home state or where the applicant attends school). Note that, because of funding constraints, not all Space Grants are participating.

Application materials are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For a list of Space Grant contacts and websites, visithttp://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/spacegrant/home/Space_Grant_Consortium_Websites.html.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Terry Teays at tteays1@jhu.edu.

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NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visithttp://go.nasa.gov/1H34oH3.

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay atClaire.I.Macaulay@nasa.gov.

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at hq-nessf-Space@nasa.gov.
2016-17 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium is offering undergraduate research scholarships of up to $8,500 to encourage talented individuals to conduct research in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering or mathematics).

Participants must participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and NASA’s mission. Student stipends and research support totaling $4,000 during the academic year and $4,500 during a summer semester are available.

These one-year awards are nonrenewable and based on student academic merit, quality of the research proposal, and alignment of research with the goals of NASA and the aerospace sector. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Applicants must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb.8, 2016.

For more information, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/undergrad/. Please email any questions about this opportunity to Anne Weiss at aweiss@odu.edu.

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2016-2017 Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate STEM Research Fellowship

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. The objective of this research fellowship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in STEM industries that support NASA’s mission.

Participants in the Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program must take part in an active faculty‐mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and NASA’s mission. Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory progress in academics and research.

This is a competitive fellowship program, and awards are based on merit to recognize high academic achievement and promise. Underrepresented minority students, female students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled at one of the five Virginia Space Grant member universities: The College of William and Mary, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply online, visit http://vsgc.odu.edu/sf/gradfellow/. Please email any questions to Anne Weiss at aweiss@odu.edu.

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NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a competitive funding opportunity for education projects that will strengthen the public’s and/or K-12 students’ environmental literacy to enable informed decision-making necessary for community resilience to extreme weather events and other environmental hazards. Successful projects will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.

Applications are due Feb. 8, 2016.

For more information and to submit an online application, visithttp://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html#page=funding.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed tooed.grants@noaa.gov.

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“Where Over the World Is Astronaut Scott Kelly?” Geography From Space Trivia Contest

During his year-long stay on the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly wants to test your knowledge of the world through a geography trivia game on Twitter. Traveling more than 220 miles above Earth, and at 17,500 miles per hour, he circumnavigates the globe more than a dozen times a day. This gives Kelly the opportunity to see and photograph various geographical locations on Earth. In fact, part of his job while in space is to capture images of Earth for scientific observations.

Follow @StationCDRKelly on Twitter. Each Wednesday, Kelly will tweet a picture and ask the public to identify the place depicted in the photo. The first person to identify the place correctly will win an autographed copy of the picture. Kelly plans to continue posting weekly contest photos until he returns from the space station in March 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/where-over-the-world-is-astronaut-scott-kelly.

To learn more about the One-Year Mission, visithttp://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.


#WhySpaceMatters Photography Competition

NASA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, or UNOOSA, have launched a global photography competition to highlight how the vantage point of space helps us better understand our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future by aiding sustainable development on Earth.

To highlight the role of space-based science and technologies and their applications on Earth, NASA and UNOOSA are inviting the public to submit photos depicting why space matters to us all in our daily lives. To participate, post a picture and description on Instagram using the hashtag #whyspacematters and tagging @UNOOSA.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who is on a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, will announce the winning photo each month by posting it from his Instagram account @StationCDRKelly.

For more information about the competition, visithttp://www.unoosa.org/oosa/contests/whyspacematters/index.html.

For more information about the International Space Station and the One-Year Mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/content/one-year-crew.

2016 von Kármán Lecture Series — Attend in Person or View Online

The Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, named after the founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and presented by JPL’s Office of Communication and Education, shares the excitement of the space program’s missions, instruments and other technologies.

Lectures take place twice per month, on consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The Thursday lectures take place in JPL’s Theodore von Kármán Auditorium, and Friday lectures take place at Pasadena City College’s Vosloh Forum. Both start at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT). Admission and parking are free for all lectures. No reservations are required, but seating is limited. The Thursday evening lectures also are streamed live for viewing online. Archives of past lectures are also available online.

The next lecture in the series is “The Europa Mission.”

The Europa Mission
Event Date:
Feb. 11 and Feb. 12, 2016, at 7 pm. PDT (10 p.m. EDT)
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2016&month=2
After many years of study, NASA has approved a new start for a spaceflight mission to investigate the mysteries of Jupiter’s moon Europa. Multiple flybys of the Jovian moon will allow scientists to explore its ice shell, ocean and geology. Join Europa Mission project manager Barry Goldstein and project scientist Bob Pappalardo, Ph.D., for a discussion about the new mission.

For more information about the Theodore von Kármán Lecture Series, including a complete list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures.php.

Questions about this series should be directed tohttp://www.jpl.nasa.gov/contact_JPL.php.

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2016 Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program

The Planetary Geology and Geophysics Undergraduate Research Program, or PGGURP, pairs qualified undergraduate students with NASA-funded investigators at research locations across the U.S. for eight weeks during the summer. Students spend the summer at the NASA scientists’ home institutions. Selected students receive a cost-of-living stipend and compensation for housing and travel.

Undergraduate students majoring in geology or related sciences are eligible to apply. Students graduating in 2016 who have not started graduate school yet are also eligible. Preference is given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Applications are due Feb. 12, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~tgregg/pggurp_homepage.html.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email Robyn Wagner, PGGURP administrator, atpggurp@buffalo.edu.

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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy

Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is a free alternate-reality game that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. Choose what role you will play on the mission; engage in fun interactive activities; and explore the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills you will need as a next-generation space traveler. Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the museum’s fascinating artifacts.

Instructions and guidance are given via a special webpage accessed on your mobile device. Players should bring their own phones or devices equipped with an internet browser and a camera. Having a digital picture-taking device (smartphone, tablet, camera) is highly recommended but not required.

The game is aimed at upper elementary and middle school visitors and their families. Do you want to bring a group?Reservations are required for groups larger than 15.

The next offering of the Astronaut Academy is on Feb. 12, 2016. Begin your training with Astronaut Orientation in the Claude Moore Education Center Classroom 1 located on the first level across from the restrooms. Astronaut Orientation is offered at regular intervals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The last opportunity to start the game is at 2:30 p.m. A self-guided activity, the game should take between 60 and 90 minutes, and staff will help you along the way.

For more information, including a full list of upcoming Astronaut Academy dates, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/techquest/.

Please direct questions about the Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy to the visitor service line at 202-633-2214.

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Be an Astronaut! Apply Now for New Astronaut Candidate Class

NASA soon will be selecting astronauts for the next class of space explorers! Between Dec. 14, 2015, and mid-February 2016, NASA will be accepting astronaut candidate applications. Selection announcements are targeted for mid-2017.

Teaching, including experience at the K-12 level, is considered to be qualifying experience to be an astronaut. Educators with the appropriate educational background are eligible to apply.

For additional details on this opportunity and how to submit an application, visit http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts.

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2016 NASA Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is offering fellowships for qualified science, technology, mathematics and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at Marshall.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who hold full-time teaching or research appointments at accredited universities or colleges in the United States. Women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Faculty fellows receive stipends based on academic level. And fellows living more than 50 miles from Marshall will receive a relocation allowance of $1,500 and a $500 travel supplement for one round-trip.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visithttp://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/MSFC-Faculty-Fellowship.html.

Inquiries about NASA’s Marshall Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. Frank Six at frank.six@nasa.gov or to Mona Miller at Mona.Miller@nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications has been extended to Feb. 15, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visithttp://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/faculty_fellowship_final.pdf.

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam atMark.D.Kankam@nasa.gov.

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National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s Mentored Research Program in Space Life Science

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute seeks solutions to health concerns facing astronauts on long missions. The institute′s research also benefits patients on Earth. This training program in space life sciences enables students to pursue doctoral degrees at Texas A&M University and to focus their research on space life sciences and fields related to the space initiative. Texas A&M currently is recruiting participants for fall 2016. Students will pursue degrees in biomedical engineering, genetics, kinesiology, health physics or nutrition, or an M.D./Ph.D. or a Ph.D. in medical sciences.

Application packages are due Feb. 15, 2016.

The graduate training program in Space Life Sciences at Texas A&M University is sponsored by NASA and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.

For more information, visit http://SLSGraduateProgram.tamu.edu.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Dr. Nancy Turner at n-turner@tamu.edu.

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2016 NASA Academy

The 2016 NASA Academy is being offered at three locations: NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Ohio, and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. Applications are being solicited for this 10-week summer experience for college students with emphasis on immersive and integrated multidisciplinary exposure and training. Activities include laboratory research, a group project, lectures, meetings with experts and administrators, visits to NASA centers and space-related industries, and technical presentations. Students learn how NASA and its centers operate, gain experience in world-class laboratories, and participate in leadership development and team-building activities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens (including citizens of the U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Marianas) majoring in a STEM discipline. The applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time in accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. and its territories. Students may apply to any of the NASA Academy opportunities by following these steps:

1. Log into the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, site at https://intern.nasa.gov.
2. Register and set up an account.
3. Select the “Search Opportunities” tab at the top bar.
4. Select “NASA Center(s) of Interest” under “NASA Center/Facility.”
5. Enter “Academy” in the “Keywords” block at the bottom of the screen.
6. Click the “Search” button at the very bottom of screen; a list of Academy Opportunities will then be displayed.
7. Click on the “View” icon in the first column under “Action” to read about the Opportunity of interest, followed by comments on additional instructions for completing the application, including two requested essays.

The deadline for receipt of NASA Academy application(s) and associated documents is Feb. 16, 2016.

Please direct questions about NASA Academy to NASA-Academy-Application@mail.nasa.gov.

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2016 NASA Multidisciplinary Aeronautics Research Team Initiative

This summer, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is offering an integrated systems, multidisciplinary research opportunity for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering, computer science or related disciplines. Student researchers will work as a team to propose innovative solutions for real-world aeronautics problems.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who will be undergraduate juniors, undergraduate seniors or graduate students by the fall semester of 2016. Majors sought include aeronautical, aerospace, electrical, mechanical, software or systems engineering; mechatronics; and computer programming disciplines. A GPA of 3.2 or above is required. Veterans, women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due Feb. 16, 2016.

For more information, visit https://www.martiapp.com/.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed toinfo@MARTIapp.com.

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Space Shuttle Thermal Protective Tiles and Blankets Available for Educational Use

NASA invites eligible U.S. educational institutions and museums to request space shuttle thermal protective tiles, space shuttle thermal protective blankets and other special items offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last. Organizations previously allocated thermal protective tiles may request an additional three tiles.

There will be a nominal shipping fee that must be paid online with a credit card.  To make a request for special items online, visit http://gsaxcess.gov/htm/nasa/userguide/Special_Item_Request_Procedure.pdf.

Please direct questions about this opportunity toGSAXcessHelp@gsa.gov.

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2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, program introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student submits a technical paper and gives an oral presentation at SURF Seminar Day.

All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2016. For more information, visithttp://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

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Google Plus Hangout Series: How to Survive in Space

NASA’s Digital Learning Network is teaming up with The Royal Institution and Faraday Studios for a series of Google Hangout events in connection with British astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station. The live hourlong events will include selected classrooms from the United Kingdom and the U.S. These classes will pose questions to Dr. Kevin Fong (author of “Extreme Medicine”), Dr. Steven Jacobs (Mr. Wizard) and NASA experts. The events will be broadcast live on YouTube.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #1
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 — 9-10 a.m. EST; 2-3 p.m. UK
The most difficult part of any space journey is the first 400 kilometers, overcoming Earth’s gravity to reach low Earth orbit. Though Tim Peake’s journey to the space station took over six hours, reaching low Earth orbit lasted just eight and a half minutes. In this Hangout, experts will answer students’ questions about Peake’s journey from the launch pad to the space station. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by NASA power and propulsion engineer Stephen J. Damico.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #2
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 — 10-11 a.m. EST; 3-4 p.m. UK
Tim Peake made it safely to the space station, and now he faces the next challenge — living in space. The International Space Station protects astronauts against space radiation, the vacuum of space and the extremes of temperature. In this Hangout, experts will answer students’ questions about the life of an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by Lara (Liz) Warren, a member of the International Space Station NASA Communications Team.

How to Survive in Space: Hangout #3
Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 — 9-10 a.m. EST; 2-3 p.m. UK

The space station orbits just 400 kilometers away. But the ultimate purpose of the International Space Station is to act as a training and learning platform for human missions much farther afield. Space agencies are designing missions that will take astronauts far beyond the moon, on to Mars and perhaps even to near-Earth asteroids. In this Hangout, students’ questions will focus on how science can help us propel crews across the vast chasms of space that separate the planets as we will look at the challenges of designing artificial life support systems for these marathon voyages. Host Dr. Steve Jacobs and Dr. Kevin Fong will be joined by NASA Kennedy Space Center researchers Trent Smith from aerospace flight systems and Massa Gioia (Joy-ya) from life sciences research.

For more information about these events, visithttp://www.nasa.gov/feature/how-to-survive-in-space-hangout-1-tuesday-feb-23-9-10-am-est-2-3-pm-uk.

Please direct questions about these events toDLiNfochannel@gmail.com.

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Call for Papers: 2016 International Space Station Research and Development Conference

The fifth annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference will be held July 12-14, 2016, at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California.

NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, and the American Astronautical Society are seeking abstracts under the categories of biology and medicine; human health in space; commercialization and nongovernment utilization; physical sciences and materials development; plant science; Earth science and remote sensing; technology development and demonstration; and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education. Topics should relate to science, exploration and technology activities (past, present, planned or under development) on the International Space Station.

Both the conference and abstract submittal are open to entrepreneurial, commercial, academic and government agency attendees, both from and outside the United States. Eligible attendees include professionals, young professionals, students and interested parties. The working language for the conference is English. The conference will include plenaries for topics of general interests and technical sessions for focused discussions.

Because of the large number of expected submissions, presenters are encouraged to submit abstracts early; the deadline is Feb. 25, 2016.

For more information about the conference and how to submit an abstract for consideration, visithttp://www.issconference.org/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity toISSTechChair@atdl-inc.com.

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Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible targets for the Cassini spacecraft to observe and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This year’s targets are Saturn’s rings and three of its moons; Jupiter as seen from approximately one billion miles away; and Saturn’s moon Tethys passing behind Rhea, another of Saturn’s moons. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.

The contest is open to all students in the United States in grades 5-12. The essays will be divided into three groups for scoring: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Participants may enter as individuals or as part of a team of up to four students.

The deadline for entries is Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday2015/.

If you have questions about this contest, please emailscientistforaday@jpl.nasa.gov.

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‘Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond’ Challenge

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is sponsoring the “Sky for All: Air Mobility for 2035 and Beyond” challenge. With a prize purse of $15,000, the challenge seeks innovative ideas for technologies that could be part of a clean-slate, revolutionary design and concept of operations for the airspace of the future.

Potential solvers are tasked with thinking outside the current air traffic management system box and with considering how to manage crowded skies, autonomous operations and cyber security of the system. The challenge is open to all individuals, age 18 or older, private teams, public teams and collegiate teams. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation.

Registration is required and submissions are due Feb. 26, 2016.

For more information about this challenge, please visithttp://www.nasa.gov/feature/challenge-is-on-to-design-sky-for-all.

Questions about this challenge can be submitted via the HeroX website at https://herox.com/SkyForAll/comments.

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Early Career Fellowships for Planetary Science ResearchersThe Early Career Fellowship program supports the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers and stimulates research careers in the areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. This program is based on the idea that supporting key individuals is a critical mechanism for impacting science with new concepts, technologies and methods.

This program consists of two components with two different submission procedures: The first is the one-page application to be an “Early Career Fellow,” and the second is the subsequent submission of a seven-page proposal for startup funds once selected as an ECF. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree such as a DPhil) within seven calendar years of the year of the submission of the research proposal.

For consideration as a Fellow (new applicants), submit a proposal to the participating program element by the deadline specified in Tables 2 and 3 in the ROSES Summary of Solicitation. Proposals from Fellows selected in prior years for start-up funds may be submitted at any time in response to this program element.

For complete fellowship details and application procedures, visit http://go.nasa.gov/1MkySUk.

Questions concerning this opportunity may be directed to Doris Daou at Doris.Daou@nasa.gov.

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Call for Submissions — NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships (EDUCATION01SP16)

The NASA Headquarters Office of Education, in cooperation with the agency’s four mission directorates, nine center education offices, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) education office, announces this competition to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Responses must be submitted electronically via the NASA data system NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.

For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES athttp://go.nasa.gov/1RZwWCi.