NASA Opportunities

For high school juniors, VASTS is an interactive online learning course with a robotic and human space-exploration theme, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those students who qualify.  Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of eight modules and a final project to be completed from December 2013 through April 2014 under the guidance of licensed master educators.  Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars.   Students who successfully participate in VASTS earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy.

 

Please direct students or other faculty to the website for program information and application, http://vasts.spacegrant.org.  The deadline for the application is November 1, 2013.

 

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Climate Change LIVE!

Climate Change LIVE! is a distance learning adventure for K-12 students running during the 2013-2014 school year. ClimateChangeLIVE will provides an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs and will include live electronic field trips during the school year as a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators. Interact with them during webcasts and on social media. Register today! http://www.climatechangelive.org/

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Girls in Medicine Camp In – Science Museum of Virginia

October 4, 2013 to October 5, 2013

7:00pm to 9:00am

Middle School girls work with women in the medical field to examine significant health topics and explore careers in medicine. $10 per person. Preregistration is required.

More information at http://www.smv.org/sites/default/files/campin2014.pdf

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Girls in Science Camp In – Science Museum of Virginia

October 12, 2013 to October 13, 2013

7:00pm to 9:00am

Middle School girls join forces with professional women scientists to confront challenges and find solutions to common problems faced by scientists and engineers. $10 per person. Pre-registration is required.

More information at http://www.smv.org/sites/default/files/campin2014.pdf

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The DuPont Challenge© Science Essay Competition

The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition is a student competition that invites seventh through 12th grade students to write a 700 to 1,000-word science essay in one of the four categories:

  • Together, we can feed the world.
  • Together, we can build a secure energy future.
  • Together, we can protect people and the environment.
  • Together, we can be innovative anywhere.

Developed in collaboration with The Walt Disney World Resort, NASA and NSTA, the competition offers young students the opportunity to explore science, develop new skills and gain confidence in communicating scientific ideas. Created to honor the Challenger astronauts, students can win savings bonds up to $5,000, and a trip to Walt Disney World and to the Kennedy Space Center. Teachers win too! Along with the trips with their students, teachers can also win $500 grants. To learn more about the competition, check out the website.

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NEW aerospace opportunity for high school sophomores

The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) program is a partnership between NASA Wallops Flight Facility and Virginia Space Grant Consortium.   This program, offered free of cost, allows students to engage in a dynamic online learning experience which culminates with a Summer Academy at NASA Wallops on the Eastern Shore.  At the Summer Academy, students will design a scientific exploration mission, design/build/fly the payload, and obtain and analyze the data.

 

The application will be available from November 2, 2012 with a deadline of December 14, 2012.  The Summer Academy will be held from August 10-16, 2013.  Visit  http://vscs.spacegrant.org  for more information.

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First Virginia Cyber Challenge

Governor McDonnell Launches First Virginia Cyber Challenge

Virginia high school students are invited to compete for scholarships in free competition


RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell will host the first Governor’s Cyber Challenge this fall and is inviting Virginia high school students to participate in this initiative. This free competition will challenge students in skills related to the fast-growing industry of cyber security. The Governor invites Virginia’s students who have an interest in computers, information technology, and cyber security to compete in the upcoming free competition.

 

“There is a gap in our country right now between the skills of our high school and college graduates and the needs of employers in high growth fields like cyber security,” said Governor McDonnell.  “Virginia has the highest concentration of high tech jobs of any place in the country. Inspiring Virginia students to pursue interests in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical to their futures as well as the future of our nation. Events like this one will help to engage students and introduce them to the much-needed technology skills that so many careers of the 21st Century will require.”

 

The challenge is hosted by the U.S. Cyber Challenge, the SANS Institute, and George Mason University. The Challenge consists of 2 parts. The first part is a set of online quizzes and the top 40 scoring students will advance to the second part, which are in person finals held March 2, 2013 at George Mason University. Winners of the competition will receive scholarships in the amounts of $5,000 for first place, $3000 for second place, and $1,500 for third place.

 

More information can be found at http://www.technology.virginia.gov/CyberChallenge/index.cfm

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Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is a NASA-based program for students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas.

VASTS is an interactive online learning course for high school juniors, culminating in a one-week residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton for those who qualify.  Offered at no cost to the student, VASTS consists of eight modules to be completed from December 2012 through April 2013 facilitated by master educators.  Based on success in the online coursework, students may be selected to attend a Summer Academy where they interact with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists to design a human mission to Mars.   Students who successfully participate in VASTS earn 2 college credits for the online course and 2 additional credits for the Summer Academy.

Please visit http://vasts.spacegrant.org for more information . The deadline for the application is November 2, 2012.

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National Fossil Day Contest

National Fossil Day Contest Sponsored by National Park Service
A major focus of Earth Science Week 2012 will be National Fossil Day (October 17), and one of the best ways for students nationwide to participate is by entering the National Park Service’s National Fossil Day Art and Photography Contest. Entries should address the theme “Careers in Paleontology.”

Artwork may include a photo, painting, drawing, or watercolor. Explore the wide variety of careers that one can pursue relating to the field of paleontology – on a dig, in the classroom, at a museum, though technology, or in other ways. Artwork must be flat and should focus on a paleontological job is, what it accomplishes, and how it relates to fossils.

The contest is open to any U.S. resident. Entries must be postmarked by October 5, 2012. Learn more at http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/art_contest.cfm. If you have questions, please email National_Fossil_Day@nps.gov.

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Why Spiders Dont Stick to Their Webs

 

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