Summer Students Internships:
The NLSI offers annual Summer Internships to gifted high school and college students. This is an opportunity to work with scientists and engineers in any of our national teams. The Internship is typically during the summer and lasts for 10 weeks. The students are offered fellowships up to $5K and an opportunity of a lifetime.
The NLSI partnered with the Maryland Space Grant consortium to double the number of our summer internships.
If you are interested, contact our director of Education and Public Outreach for further information.
Journey through the Universe:
The NASA Lunar Science Institute is partnering with the Journey through the Universe team for an annual two-week EPO program.
The NLSI’s involvement in classrooms, public venues, and teacher professional development extends into the communities throughout the country with the help of the “Journey through the Universe” program.
Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities—students, teachers, families, and the public—using education in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. Journey through the Universe is a program of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, which facilitates Journey events in ten communities across the country.
This Journey program typically runs in February-March and it includes an astronomer workshop, a teacher workshop, and a master teacher training session.
Through audience participation, the family science events provide a family learning experience in exciting human space flight, Earth and space science subjects that are connected to the curriculum.
K-12 Education Modules training is provided during the educator workshops. These Modules include content overviews; inquiry-based, hands-on activities; assessment rubrics and resource listings.
The heart of the program is a full week in which 48 astronomy educators (lunar scientists, astronomers and observatory engineers) are sent into classrooms to explain to over 8,000 K-12 students how they are exploring the universe. Classroom visits by these astronomy educators are designed to provide students with standards-based science content, allow students to personally interact with scientists and engineers, and inspire students to further their education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
NLSI’s participation in Hawaii’s Journey through the Universe program provides students and the public with a new understanding of recent, current, and future NASA lunar exploration. It also introduces them lunar-related educational resources available to classrooms and families. The NLSI team leverages the Journey experience to engage the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, the Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center with NLSI lunar E/PO programs including International Observe the Moon Night and Exploration Uplink. It also provides an opportunity to recruit University of Hawaii students and local amateur astronomers to join NASA’s Lunar Meteoroid Impact Observation Program and participate in lunar research that will support the science of NASA’s upcoming Lunar Atmosphere and dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.
The NLSI team leverages the Journey experience to engage the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, the Imiloa Astronomy Center, and Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center in participating in NLSI lunar E/PO programs including International Observe the Moon Night and Exploration Uplink. It also provided an opportunity to successfully recruit University of Hawaii students and local amateur astronomers to join NASA’s Lunar Meteoroid Impact Observation Program in which they will be able to participate in lunar research that will support the science of NASA’s upcoming Lunar Atmosphere and dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.
High School Lunar Research Projects
The Center for Lunar Origin and Evolution (CLOE) and the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE) teams are collaborating on Summer Science Program.
Teams of high school students from across the nation are engaged in the process of science while supporting NLSI researchers in their quest to understand our Moon and prepare for future human exploration. At the end of their research experience, student teams present their research to a panel of lunar scientists. The top four projects are showcased at the Lunar Science Forum held at NASA Ames Research Center. The best of the top four attend the NLSI forum and present their work in person.
Sally Ride Festivals:
With a minimum of 2 festivals each year, the Sally Ride Festivals offer Lunar science workshops for middle school girls with hands-on science, exhibits, key not speakers, and 1 weekend day at a college campus and/or NASA Center (eg. Cal-Tech, NASA Ames, MIT, CofC, ASU, etc). These festivals include a 90-minute lunar science workshop for attending teachers and informal science leaders.
“Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles” team at the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) hosts a summer camp for 6th and 7th graders.
APL hosts the annual Maryland Summer Center for Space Science (sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education), teaching 6th- and 7th-graders about space science and missions.
The APL Space Department’s E/PO office will ensure that the NLSI and lunar pole science are a major focus of the 2-week experience.
The students interact directly with NLSI team members. The goal is to attract and retain these students in STEM disciplines
The “Unknown Moon” Space Academy
The “Unknown Moon” will be the focus of a “Space Academy” educational event hosted by APL. The Space Academy series was created by the APL E/PO office and is co-sponsored by Comcast Cable, the Discovery Networks, and APL. The Space Academy gives middle school students a close-up look at NASA’s missions and enables them to meet the scientists and engineers who work on them.
In preparation for their visit to APL, students study the mission and space related careers through classroom activities and videos developed by the Discovery Networks and APL.
During their visit, they participate in press conferences with mission panelists, moderated by an APL public relations representative. Student “reporters” ask panelists questions as if they were at an official NASA press conference.
They also engage in post-visit follow-up activities tied to educational standards for lunar science as well as their own experiences during Space Academy.
Lunar Extreme Program:
NLSI’s Dynamic Response of the Environment At the Moon (DREAM) team is educating high school students and teachers about its science goals in order to prepare them for participation and interaction with DREAM scientists at a Lunar Extreme Workshop (LEW). Each week, teacher/student teams are provided with resources and activities pertaining to DREAM’s science goals. Students are encouraged to read and study the resources on their own and then to meet with their teacher and other team members at least once a week for teacher-led activities that reinforce concepts from their reading. Teams have the flexibility to meet after school or whenever and where ever they wish. At least once or twice per month, students have the opportunity to meet and hear from DREAM scientists, who put the student’s new understanding in context. During the workshops, teams will interact with DREAM scientists, observe the process of science in action, and learn more about NASA careers and opportunities. The direct interaction with scientists, both prior to and at a LEW, will hopefully inspire these students to enter the science, engineering, or NASA workforce.