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For Citizen Scientists

Citizen Scientists have helped to answer serious scientific questions, provide vital data to the astronomical community, and have discovered thousands of objects including nebulassupernovas, and gamma ray bursts. NASA supports several resources which may be of interest to amateur and professional scientists alike.

  1. Public Presentations
  2. Opportunities for Citizen Scientists
  3. Resources for Citizen Scientists

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NASA @ Work

What is NASA@work?
NASA@work is a discussion-based software platform that provides the opportunity for you to communicate and innovate more effectively on the most pressing R&D and business Challenges that matter. It provides the means for exposure of your Challenges to a broader NASA audience and obtaining solutions from employees with whom you would not typically interact. The NASA@work website provides you with a private, transparent and collaborative environment for solving important internal problems.

How does NASA@work work?
Challenge Owners post questions, called Challenges, on the NASA@work website with significant assistance from NASA@work Champions and the Client Services group at InnoCentive. Solvers submit solutions to the Challenge via a discussion board and are encouraged to provide their own input as well as to critique the solutions provided by other Solvers. As the Challenge progresses towards a solution, the Challenge Owner issues dollars to the Solver(s) who best meet(s) the solution requirements as outlined in the Challenge. All information generated and posted on the NASA@work website is treated as highly confidential and secure.

Can Contractors Participate?
Important Information for Contractors: Contractors that choose to submit solutions to the NASA@work platform must be aware that it is their responsibility to receive approval from their company management and, if required, to obtain the appropriate approval from the NASA Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR). Although Civil Servants are required to be Challenge Owners, contractors may participate as co-challenge owners.

Data exchanged between NASA@work Solvers under this activity will be exchanged without restriction as to its disclosure, use, or duplication unless such data is appropriately identified and marked in accordance with any existing agreements or policies covering the activities of the NASA@work solvers.

If you, or your company management, have any questions, please contact the NASA@work team:

NASA Challenges – InnoCentive

NASA Tournament Lab Pavilion

NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) Pavilion, provides Solvers the opportunity to develop innovative solutions to the unique challenges faced by NASA in achieving its mission to pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Solutions to these Challenges will not only benefit space exploration, but may also further the development of commercial products and services in the fields of health and medicine, industry, consumer goods, public safety, computer technology and environmental resources.

The NTL pavilion is provided by NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI) through its contract with InnoCentive.

For more information about NASA and it’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, visit: Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation.

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NASA’s Education Programs

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General Overview

NASA is taking a leading role in the effort to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through its unique mission, workforce, facilities, research, and innovations. Students, educators and faculty may explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content through NASA’s education opportunities. Use the lists below to learn about ways to interact with NASA.

List of All Student Grades K-12 and Higher Education Projects

Browse this list to find opportunities such as internships and cooperative education programs, scholarships and fellowships, summer research, team competitions, after school activities and more.

List of All Educator Grades K-12 and Higher Education Faculty Projects

Browse this list to find opportunities such as research, team competitions, professional development, design challenges, fellowships, summer employment and more.

Alphabetical List of All NASA Education Projects

Browse this alphabetical list that includes all student, educator and faculty projects.

List of Current Opportunities

Check for the newest Current Opportunities or subscribe to EXPRESS and receive weekly announcements about NASA’s education programs, activities and events.

For Students

For Educators

Related Sites

Exploring Careers @ NASA For Students

See how students are interacting with NASA and how you can be a part of its future.

Pathways Programs at NASA

NASA Pathways Programs provide opportunities for students and recent graduates to be considered for federal employment.

Online Student Application

Eligible students can access a portfolio of NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities through a single portal and a single application.

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.

As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided. For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.

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Undergraduate Biomimicry Projects


University of Calgary, Student Project — “Mars One”
Name:  Robert Dumitru
Engineer Block G 130


University of Calgary, Student Project — Biomimicry: Surgical Stability Inspired by Nature’s Wonders
Name: Joshua Arpon
Lab Room: ENG 130
Instructor: Marjan Eggermont
Affiliation: Schulich School of Engineering
Date of Submission: December 9, 2016

University of Calgary, Student Project — THE GECKO & THE GLOVE
Lab Room: ENG 142, Schulich School of Engineering
Lawrence Cabatuando
Instructor: Marjan Eggermont

Education Solicitations and Funding Opportunities

We frequently have intern positions and PhD fellowships posted that can be accessed through The positions are listed under the Glenn Research Center.

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