The astronauts and operators of future robotic vehicles who will be exploring the Moon, Mars and beyond are in high schools and grade schools across the country. Educating these future scientist and engineers is a priority for NASA, and many programs are available at all educational levels for students to get involved with THEIR space program.
As we prepare to explore, many current missions are conducting research critical to enabling this future exploration, just as the missions of the past have enabled today’s research on the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. The latest news on current NASA space missions can be found here.
Some of NASA Glenn’s learning oppportunities through education programs and outreach events are listed below:
Educational Opportunities for students and teachers.
High school students will have the opportunity to propose a science experiment for DIME – Dropping in a Microgravity Environment. If selected, student teams will have the opportunity to design and build a science experiment which will then be operated in Glenn’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower.
Students in grades 5-8, have the opportunity to propose a science experiment for WING – What if No Gravity? Similar to DIME, if selected, student teams will have the opportunity to design and build a science experiment which will then be operated in Glenn’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower.
Girl Scouts can explore opportunities in space exploration through the Girl Scouts Explore Space page.
Educators interested in Problem Based Learning can learn more at the Physical Science: Problem Based Instructional Unit page.
Information on gravity, acceleration and its effect on weight can also be found on the Space Flight Systems Division website.
Undergraduate summer internships are available through the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).
Students interested in NASA educational programs should check out both the Glenn Student Opportunities page as well as NASA’s Student’s Educational Pagefor information about new programs, internships, games and much more.
Educator’s who are interested in NASA programs should consult the Educational Contacts page.
Aeronautics Resources are also available to students who want to learn about various aeronautics principles.
The NASA Digital Learning Network, provides an opportunity for students at all levels to interact directly with NASA scientists via an interactive videoconference or webcast. Archives of past programs can also be found on this page.