Everyone loves NASA. And NASA loves everyone. In fact, they’re brimming with NASA resources for educators and ways to get engaged. Need some quick ideas and inspiration? Buckle in for a galaxy worth of ways to get in NASA’s orbit.
NASA Resources for Educators
Intern with NASA
Did you know that, as a high school student, you can intern at NASA?!?! There’s even fellowships for STEM Educators.
Apply for NASA internship and fellowship opportunities through a single application.
GLOBE, the Global Learning and Observations to benefit the Environment Program, is a worldwide program that brings together students, teachers, scientists and citizens to promote science and learning about the environment. Through a hands-on approach to inquiry, participants are encouraged to engage in local investigations that cover five core fields: atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, soil (pedosphere), and Earth as a system.
Share your musical talents by adding your unique voice to the Lucy Soundscape, a public collection of original music inspired by NASA’s Lucy mission launching in 2021.
Short Film Competition
2021 CineSpace Short Film Competition
NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using NASA imagery. Entries are due July 14.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.
Art in the Stars
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is inviting artists to create artwork inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope. Artwork can include painting, poetry, sculpture, textiles, music, video production, 3-D design, jewelry, posters, etc.
Ride to Station App
Use this app to learn how NASA’s Commercial Crew Program will send astronauts to the International Space Station on Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft. Join the Ride to Station Challenge!
Become a Part of NASA’s Future
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s 2022 Opportunity for Minority Serving Institution STEM and/or Education Faculty/Staff
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is seeking participants to help build a diverse future STEM workforce, strengthen the public’s understanding of NASA’s mission and create unique opportunities for students and the public to contribute to NASA’s work. Applications are due July 20.
Fellowships for Faculty
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center 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.
Funding for Education Projects
This program provides NASA funding for space-related research, education and public service projects through a national network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia.
That’s No Moon!
Exoplanet Watch is a citizen science project to observe transiting exoplanets, planets outside of our solar system, with small telescopes. This is an amazing NASA resource for educators looking to bring outer space to their classrooms.
Watch Clouds with your Family
NASA and the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program’s Clouds team invite families to take part in the Family Cloud Challenge.
Help NASA Train Machines
Help NASA researchers create a machine-learning algorithm to identify surface features in photographs of Earth taken by astronauts in space.
That One Looks Like a Sheep!
Download the “GLOBE Observer” app, now available for Apple and Android phones. The app allows users to collect observations of clouds, a critical part of the global climate system.
Pictures of Mars
In this citizen science project, you’ll view images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera. Your input will help scientists identify possible areas for more detailed examination with the orbiter’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera.
See Where it All Happens
Take a virtual tour of JPL
The NASA Psyche Mission Innovation Toolkit includes free online courses based on the real-world science, engineering, technology and teamwork behind the Psyche mission.
Talk With the Experts
“NASA STEM Stars” is a webchat series that gives students ages 13+ the opportunity to connect with subject matter experts at NASA.
NASA is seeking healthy participants to live together with a small crew in isolation for eight months in Moscow, Russia.
Talk to Me!
Watch live and ask questions of NASA experts. Share the excitement of space exploration.
Mission to Summer Camp
Join the training sessions to use this series of hands-on activities about Mars and its exploration to prepare you for summer camp.
Bring Your Own Dome
“NASA’s Journey to Mars” is a short planetarium presentation that can be used in the educational domes of your school district, as well as local planetariums, to inspire interest in STEM.
Ever wonder what it would be like to fly to Mars? The new dome show “Destination Mars: The New Frontier” gives audiences a close-up look at the work being done globally to make the dream of getting humans to Mars a reality.
Have Dome Will Travel
Museums, science centers, Challenger centers and other 501(c)(3) community organizations are eligible for a free monthlong Discovery Dome loan.
Stay Cool with NASA
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-served basis while quantities last.
Host Your Own Exhibit
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.
Get Out and See the World!
Visit the “Space: An Out-of- Gravity Experience Exhibition” at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
NASA Resources for Educators
No matter what you teach or what grade level you teach, NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is an absolute treasure trove of resources for any educator in need of activities, ideas, inspiration, and real-world connections. For more resources directly to your inbox, subscribe to their newsletter, or ours!