Youth Opportunities

girl checking phoneIf you want to study space or become a scientist, the Solar Week scientists at Solar Week say it's great to get involved in internships, space camps and other science related activities. These will let you have fun, increase your space science knowledge and let you make connections that will likely lead to future opportunities!

Here are some opportunities for young people:

Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships

NASA Internships—2019
Audience: High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Category: Student Internships
Are you a current student with a 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizen? Be a part of NASA’s mission! NASA’s agency internship program is now accepting applications for spring, summer and fall of 2019. NASA interns contribute to important missions and goals, while gaining valuable professional experience. Internship projects will continue to be posted during the coming weeks. Selections for the upcoming spring session will be made through early November.

Youth For Understanding USA

Audience:All Educators and 9-12 Students
Category: Other Opportunities

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!


Competitions and Things to Do


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Commercial Crew 2019 Calendar Artwork Contest
Audience: Students Ages 4-12
New Entry Deadline: Oct. 25 at 11:59 p.m. CDT
Category: Student Competitions, Contests and Things to Do
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is holding an art contest to create a 2019 calendar. Each month will have a different theme related to the International Space Station, astronauts, growing food in space and more! Unique and original artwork will be selected for each month. Once the calendar is complete, NASA will transmit it to astronauts aboard the space station. The calendar also will include supplemental education materials for kids on Earth to learn more about the space-related themes.


eCYBERMISSION Competition
Audience: Students in Grades 6-9
Early Registration Deadline: Nov. 21
Registration Deadline: Dec. 19
Category: Student Competitions
Registration is open for the eCYBERMISSION, sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program. Free to students, this web-based competition challenges teams to identify a problem in their communities and to use scientific inquiry or the engineering design process to investigate or propose a solution to that issue. Teams compete for state, regional and national awards of up to $9,000 in U.S. savings bonds. eCYBERMISSION provides a wealth of online resources for student teams and Team Advisors to assist with project completion.


2018-2019 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 5-12
Entry Deadline: Feb. 8, 2019
Category: Student Competitions
The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying moons of Jupiter and Saturn. Participants examine three moons and choose the one they think NASA should return to that would yield the best scientific results. This year's topics are Saturn's moon Enceladus, Saturn's moon Titan and Jupiter’s moon Europa. After researching the three options, students write an essay under 500 words explaining their choice.


NASA GLOBE Observer: Adopt a Pixel Challenge and Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Citizen Science Project
The NASA Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Observer team invites educators, students, and the public to make a better world land map using the GLOBE Observer app. The new “Land Cover: Adopt a Pixel” module lets citizen scientists photograph with their smartphones the landscape, identify the kinds of land cover they see (trees, grass, etc.) and then match their observations to satellite data. Users can also share their knowledge of the land and how it has changed.


See Yourself in Space With New ‘NASA Selfies’ App
Audience: Public
Category: Other Opportunities
Create your own selfies from outer space! “NASA Selfies” lets you put your photo in a virtual spacesuit in front of captivating images from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telecope. (Images from other NASA missions will appear in future versions of the app.) Share these space selfies on social media, and learn about the science behind the pictures. Available for iOS and Android devices.


Take a Guided Tour of the TRAPPIST-1 Planetary System With the ‘Exoplanet Excursions’ App
Audience: Public
Category: Other Opportunities
In NASA's “Exoplanet Excursions” virtual reality (VR) app, VR users are taken on a guided tour of the only known exoplanet system to host seven planets that are roughly Earth-size. Users of the app are navigated around five of the seven planets, surrounded by the blackness of space and the faint lights of distant stars. The VR app is available for Oculus and Vive. A 360-degree video is also available on Youtube that allows viewers to explore the virtual TRAPPIST-1 system on their desktop computers, smartphones or with a smartphone-based 360-viewer.


Help NASA Predict Landslides -- Citizen Science: Landslide Reporter
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing
Category: Other Opportunities
Landslides affect all countries, yet scientists don't have a clear picture of where and when landslides occur globally. To predict landslides more accurately, NASA scientists are building the Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository with data of past landslides -- and you can help. Learn how to add to the COOLR catalog using the Landslide Reporter citizen science application. Visit the Get Started page for more information.


Free Virtual Reality Program: NASA SLS VR Experience
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Educational Resources
Do you want to experience the excitement of standing on the launch pad beneath NASA’s massive new rocket, the Space Launch System? The “NASA SLS VR Experience” is a free, virtual reality software program that is available for anyone with an Oculus Rift to download. Users can experience the scale of the SLS and can explore the rocket from multiple angles. Those using the software can even sit in the cockpit during prelaunch activities to see what it’s like to be an astronaut inside the Orion spacecraft.


Download the New ‘Spacecraft AR’ App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Other Opportunities
NASA spacecraft travel to far-off destinations in space, but a new mobile app from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory brings spacecraft to you! The new app, called Spacecraft AR, uses the latest augmented reality (AR) technology to put virtual 3-D models of NASA's robotic space explorers into any environment with a flat surface. Download the new app to explore and snap pictures with 3-D rovers, space probes and more!


Citizen Science Project: Cosmoquest’s Image Detective
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Citizen Science Opportunities, Contests and Things to Do
CosmoQuest’s Image Detective, a NASA-funded citizen science project, invites the public to identify Earth features in photographs taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Citizen scientists are asked to help identify geographic features (natural or human-made) in astronaut photographs and then determine the location on Earth where the photo is centered. Your efforts can enhance NASA’s database of images taken by astronauts from the space station.


Search for Gravitational Waves With 'Gravity Spy' Citizen Science Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing
Category: Other Opportunities
A century after Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory made the first direct detection of this phenomenon. LIGO is the most sensitive and complicated gravitational experiment ever created; it is susceptible to instrumental and environmental noise sources called "glitches." In this online Zooniverse citizen science project, your input will help scientists classify and characterize glitches, which, in turn, will help scientists determine and eliminate the sources of noise. For accompanying activities for grades 5-12, download the "Direct Observation of Gravitational Waves" Educator Guide at https://dcc.ligo.org/LIGO-P1600015/public.


NASA Seeks Creative Arts Inspired by Cassini's Mission to Saturn
Audience: All Educators and Students Ages 13 and Older
Category: Other Opportunities
During nearly two decades in space, Cassini has inspired people on Earth. As the mission moves toward its "Grand Finale" at Saturn -- with a dramatic end in September -- NASA’s Cassini team wants to know how Cassini has inspired you! Visit the site to explore pictures and more, then use that inspiration to create: Write a poem; paint a picture; choreograph a dance; tell a story. The possibilities are endless! Then share your creation with NASA on social media.


Help NASA Search the Realm Beyond Neptune at Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing
Category: Other Opportunities
Is a large planet at the fringes of our solar system awaiting discovery, a world astronomers call Planet Nine? Using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, NASA scientists are looking for this planet and for new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. But they need your help! Finding these dim objects requires the human eye to comb through the images to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.


Create Art Inspired by NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Other Opportunities, Contests and Things to Do
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. Browse through the collection of Webb telescope images and videos. See what inspires you. Create art and share it with NASA on social media with #JWSTArt, or email jwst@lists.nasa.gov with your art. There's no deadline for submissions.


Be a Citizen Scientist With the 'Aurorasaurus' Project
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Other Opportunities
Aurorasaurus is a citizen science project that gathers real-time data about aurora sightings and sends out notifications to users when the northern or southern lights are likely visible in their area. Registered users get location-based notifications and a real-time monitor of space weather activity. The project also allows users to help verify tweets and search for real sightings. Plus, the website features answers to science and aurora questions.


Be a Citizen Earth Scientist With New 'GLOBE Observer' App
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Other Opportunities
Want to be a citizen Earth scientist? Download the new “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. Paired with satellite data, citizen observations give scientists a more complete view of clouds from above and below. The observations also encourage the public to be more keenly observant of their outdoor environment and make their own field investigations.


Celebrate Curiosity's Anniversary With New ‘Mars Rover’ Game
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Other Opportunities, Contests and Things to Do
For four Earth years, the Curiosity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars. Celebrate this milestone by downloading a new, free social media game called “Mars Rover”! Using your mobile device, drive a rover through rough Martian terrain while earning points along the way. The game also illustrates how NASA's next Mars rover, in development for launch in 2020, will use radar to search for underground water. Get the free app and find out how the game rover compares to real Mars rovers.


NASA Invites You to #SpotHubble
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Other Opportunities, Contests and Things to Do
Hubble is more than a science spacecraft; it’s a cultural phenomenon! Take a moment to think about where you’ve seen the Hubble Space Telescope or Hubble images in your daily life. Maybe you own a textbook with a picture of the telescope on the cover, or you've walked by a mural inspired by Hubble images. Perhaps you’ve even created art based on Hubble images. NASA wants to see the Hubble impact in your life! Share your photos with NASA on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook.


'ISS: Science on Orbit' Exhibit at U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Ongoing
Category: Museum and Science Center Events
“ISS: Science on Orbit” provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit includes a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center and two full-scale mockups of space station modules. These mockups contain replica racks that illustrate life support systems, food storage and a sleeping berth. A connecting node featuring a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, the astronauts' window to spectacular views of Earth and space, is included.


'Mission: Mars' Exhibition at Saint Louis Science Center
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Ongoing
Category: Museum and Science Center Events
“Mission: Mars” is an interactive exhibition that immerses visitors in the exploration of Mars in the present and the future. “Mission: Mars -- Control” allows visitors to take the role of a NASA engineer to program a mission for a Mars rover. “Mission: Mars -- Base” takes visitors to the year 2076, when NASA has successfully established science operations on Mars. This unique exhibit was developed by the Saint Louis Science Center in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.


Help NASA Study Mars -- Planet Four: Terrains
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing
Category: Other Opportunities, Contests and Things to Do
Help NASA study exotic landscape features near the south pole of Mars! Seasonal freezing and thawing of carbon-dioxide ice at the Martian poles creates some unusual surface features. 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. HiRISE can reveal more detail than any other camera ever put into orbit around Mars.


Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience Exhibition
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Date: Ongoing
Category: Museum and Science Center Events
What does the future hold for humans and space travel? Space opened on Feb. 20, 2015, at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition seeks to answer that question and more by exploring the challenges of living and working in space. Space was designed and developed by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with the International Space Station Office of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the California Science Center, and the partner museums of the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative.


Help NASA Find New Planetary Systems -- Become a Disk Detective!
Audience: All Educators and Students
Deadline: Ongoing through 2018
Category: Other Opportunities, Contests and Things to Do
Help NASA find new disks, homes of extrasolar planets, by classifying images from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope and other observatories. In this citizen science project, you'll view animated images of disk candidates and classify them, distinguishing good candidates from galaxies, asteroids and image artifacts. This project, suitable for elementary students through expert adults, will yield targets for the James Webb Space Telescope and publications in professional scientific literature.


Rock Around the World
Audience: K-4 Educators and Students
Category: Contests and Things to Do, Other Opportunities
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.


Citizen Science: Asteroid Mappers
Audience: All Educators and Students
Category: Educational Resources, Contests and Things to Do, Other Opportunities
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.

 

 

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