Searching for resources on the NASA website to challenge and inspire budding scientists can be a bit like exploring the universe: You’ll find a vast expanse of interesting data, visuals, stories and creations. And once you set out, you never know what you may discover!
Regardless of whether you’re an educator or a student, the trek is worth it.
NASA provides a wealth of resources, lessons, videos, infographics, articles, experiments, digital tools and more to help students and educators better understand science. Read on to find a sampling of resources for science lovers just like you and your students.
Engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space by participating in this international hackathon for coders, designers, storytellers, makers, technologists and others.
Download the GLOBE Observer app and submit regular observations to join an international network of citizen scientists and scientists working to learn more about our shared environment and changing climate.
NASA eClips are video segments that inspire and engage students, helping them see real-world connections by exploring STEM applications.The programs are segmented for elementary, middle and high school students.
This site highlights the latest space missions and discoveries from NASA to answer the age-old question, “When are we ever going to use this?” See how watching a spacecraft land on Mars engages students in STEM projects.
Wavelength allows teachers to search rich instructional resources across many sites in the areas of astrophysics, Earth, heliophysics and planetary science. You can filter by grade level, subject area, resource type and instructional strategy.
In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find vetted STEM activities searchable by audience, content level, difficulty, etc. Most activities include ideas for implementation and a link back to the original source content.
This integrated astrophysics STEM learning and literacy program provides resources and experiences for students to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done and discover the universe for themselves in interactive ways.
The Solar System Ambassadors program works with volunteers across the U.S. to share the latest science and discoveries of NASA's missions through community events. Search the directory by state to find an ambassador in your area or explore events that may be held near your school.
NASA’s STEM Innovation Lab is a think tank with an emphasis on space science content applications. It brings together NASA scientists, engineers and educators to explore and develop new ideas related to infusion of educational technology into STEM activities, programs, and approaches. It also provides users a platform to share their ideas, research and results.
The studio works closely with scientists in creating visualizations, animations and images to promote a greater understanding of Earth and space science research activities at NASA and within the academic research community supported by NASA. Download the visualizations for free.
The studio’s purpose is to help scientists and engineers imagine the future and give people a sense of awe about the universe. It produces creative pieces, such as the Visions of the Future and the Pulse.
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This is an updated version of a post that originally published on May 20, 2019.