University Level - Websites
Learn about the basics of space by checking out Space 101 along with additional tutorials and short courses.
To learn more about orbital mechanics in Chapter 8.
Basics of Space Flight is a tutorial designed primarily to help operations people identify the range of concepts associated with deep space missions, and grasp the relationships among them. It also enjoys popularity with college and high-school students, as well as faculty, and people everywhere who are interested in interplanetary space flight. Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory create, manage and operate NASA projects of exploration throughout our solar system and beyond.
NORAD maintains general perturbation element sets on all resident space objects. These element sets are periodically refined to maintain a reasonable prediction capability on all space objects. In turn, these element sets are provided to users. The purpose of this report is to provide the user with a means of propagating these element sets in time to obtain a position and velocity of the space object.
The CubeSat Project was developed by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Stanford University's Space Systems Development Lab. The CubeSat program creates launch opportunities for universities previously unable to access space. The CubeSat program strives to provide practical, reliable, and cost-effective launch opportunities for small satellites and their payloads.
Part of the mission of the Google Lunar X PRIZE and the X PRIZE Foundation as a whole is to get kids excited about math and science, and spark their imaginations. To further this goal, they have created education resources, fun projects and videos for students around the world to explore and enjoy. Check out their materials or contact them at: www.googlelunarxprize.org.
SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group is proud to release the first installment of its educational series. The educational series presents a comprehensive review of two thematic areas (Space Situational Awareness and Space Weather Effects on Space Missions) that aims to serve as a point source for information on the current situation, technology, and policy provisions of space sustainability related issues. The documents also aid outreach efforts by providing a comprehensive reference document for people who are new to the field.
The SSS Working Group aims to create an international space forum to harmonies efforts and present recommendations on best practices, standards and policies for a safe, fair and sustainable use of space. Comprising of a team of students and young professionals the SSS Working Group provides a platform for the next generation of space sector leaders to contribute to the technical and policy debates on space safety and sustainability.
University Level - Competitions and Internship Opportunities
The AIAA Foundation sponsors design competitions every year. These competitions offer a great opportunity for students to participate in a simulated real-world problem, allowing students to gain experience and receive useful and constructive feedback from technical experts who sit on AIAA Technical Committees.
- Undergraduate Individual Aircraft Design Competition- Extremely Flexible light-Weight Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
- Undergraduate Team Aircraft Design Competition- Design of a 2030 Regional Airliner Considering Hybrid Electric Propulsion
- Graduate Team Aircraft Design Competition- High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE)Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) for Missile Defense with Directed Energy (DE) Laser Weapon
- Undergraduate Team Engine Design Competition- An Improved Engine for a High Altitude Long Endurance Unmanned Air Vehicle
- Undergraduate Team Space Design Competition - Conceptual Design and Architecture for Space-Based Solar Power System
- Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition- Design of Reusable Launch Vehicle with 10,000 to 20,000 lb. Low Earth Orbit Payload Capability
- Graduate/Undergraduate Design/Build/Fly Competition- A competition for students to design and build a remote-controlled aircraft to perform specific tasks. Students then come together to face off against each other.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announces its Annual Student Unmanned Systems (UAS) Competition. Aimed at stimulating and fostering interest in this innovative technology and encouraging careers in the field, the competition challenges the students to design, fabricate,and demonstrate a system capable of completing a specific and independent aerial operation. Several different competitions are held each year.
Annual student design-build-launch competition for space-related topics sponsored by The American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) for university and college students from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
THE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION PROVIDES students with the opportunity to share their work on small satellite concepts and missions. Scholarships are awarded to competition finalists presenting at the Small Satellite Conference.
PAPERS MAY BE PRESENTED on relevant study and research related to:
- Small satellites, their systems and subsystems
- Mission concepts
- Related infrastructure (launch vehicles or ground systems).
Concepts (actual or proposed) may include hardware, uniquely applicable software, or mission results that serve to advance the state of the art or broaden the application of small satellites.
PARTICIPATION IS OPEN TO all full-time undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an engineering or scientific discipline at an accredited college or university.
Use this NASA site to find out and apply for internship opportunities. These are open to full-time sophomores, junior, senior undergraduates or those at the early graduate level as of May of the program year. Must have a GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale, major in engineering, science (physics, chemistry, biology, etc.) math, computer science or other area of interest to the aerospace program; and be a US citizen.
The NASA University Student Launch Initiative, or USLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and fly a reusable rocket with scientific payload to one mile in altitude. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. Students propose to participate in USLI during the fall. Once selected, teams design their rocket and payload throughout the school year. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and critical designs. The project also requires flight readiness and safety reviews before the rockets and payloads are approved for launch. After launch, teams complete a final report to include conclusions from their science experiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by panels of scientists and engineers from NASA and from NASA contactors and external partners.
This competition is sponsored by NASA & NIA. University teams at both the graduate and undergraduate levels are eligible to compete in NASA's 2010 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concept--Academic Linkages (RASC-AL) competition. RASC-AL takes real-world NASA engineering design challenges and provides a forum for engineering students across the United States to compete for the best solution.
The Reinventing Space 2013 Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the Reinventing Space Conference Student Scholarship
Purpose: To encourage and promote student participation in the quest for developing the technologies and processes to enable more responsive space missions.
Eligibility: Any student presently enrolled at a college or university (full or part-time) who is submitting an abstract for a paper to the Reinventing Space Conference, and who will be presenting that paper if it is accepted for the conference. All student papers must be the exclusive work of the student author.
High School/Middle School Level
This site ties to national standards and includes several hands on activities. Topics covered are the historical evolution of the development of aerodynamics and its contribution to the invention of the airplane. Activities include some simple mechanisms for showing Bernoulli's Principle and semi-complex implements for demonstrating and measuring the aerodynamic forces of lift and drag.
In 1996, the founders of EducationWorld recognized the need to create a home for educators on the Internet, a place where teachers could gather and share ideas. They wanted to create a complete online resource that educators could visit each day to find high-quality lesson plans and research materials. The result is EducationWorld.com, a resource that includes:
- original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by ducation experts;
- Web site reviews;
- special features and columns; and
- employment listings.
The EducationWorld team works hard to produce this FREE resource for educators. In order to keep the site free for all visitors, EducationWorld is funded by corporate sponsors and advertisers.
Designed for educators for grades 4-12, the activities in this guide promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Earth and space science subjects include lunar geology and regolith, distance to the Moon, Apollo landing sites and life support systems.
The Goddard Education Web site contains programs and activities for students and educators from K-12 through the university level.
This is a Website that gives users information about when students can view satellites and other naked-eye objects in the sky such as the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle, Iridium flares and more.
ALLSTAR Network, Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology and Research. Learn about rockets along with Newton’s Laws and more.
Learn about Kepler and his laws through animation clips.
NASA, JPL and Arizona State University have partnered to create the ASU Planetary Imaging and Analysis Facility and Advanced Training Institute within the Mars Space Flight Facility on the Arizona State University campus. Their Web site has a wealth of information for teachers and students. Additional activities can be found at: http://marsed.asu.edu/.
NASA's unique research and missions have allowed NASA Education to produce educational materials that engage student interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Our goal is to create educational materials that are educationally sound, scientifically accurate and matched to national education standards.
Check this site for the National Conference on Aviation and Space Education dates and locations, or to access resources from past events.
Project Lead The Way®’s (PLTW's) curriculum makes math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. Project Lead The Way has created a special series of courses that are incorporated into the middle school and high school years. These courses complement math and science college preparatory programs to establish a solid background in engineering and technology. Two sets of curricula and courses are available to school districts: Gateway To Technology® (for middle school) and Pathway to Engineering™ (for high school). Both curricula contain a space/aerospace course.
The Space Foundation is developing the next generation of space professionals, and building the overall technical strength of the nation through education programs.
By helping teachers integrate space into the classroom, we create a window into a different universe that stimulates students' interests and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Visit this site to see lots of great curriculum ideas and training opportunities
The NASA-sponsored Space Operations Learning Center Web site is a great place for students to learn about space through informative videos and challenging interactive simulations. This Web-based educational environment is designed primarily, but not exclusively for, NASA Explorer Schools (grades 6-12). SOLC's training modules feature three components each, and cover topics including space operations, mathematics, physics, and engineering. The contents meet a variety of national and state educational standards guidelines.
SPACESTARS is a spatial information education program that uses high level analytical information to understand and solve locally based planning and environmental problems. The SPACESTARS lab enables teachers and students to define, design, implement, and assess school and community based problems using Geographic Information System tools and technology. The National Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing Geospatial Apprenticeship Program (STARS Geo AP) Committee has established a standardized pathway for schools, individuals and employers, to train skilled Geospatial workers for geospatial jobs. SkillsUSA has partnered with the GIS industry to develop a competition program that will provide universities, colleges and their students with a way to validate their geospatial program and measure them against national standards.
Students can pretend they are in the Astronaut Corps and are making their first trip to the Space Station. Students will see actual photos of astronauts on spacewalks and training in the NBL. He or she can play "Immune Invaders", learn geography and conduct experiments that have actually been done in space. The Web site is geared for 5th - 8th graders, but younger and older students love the site as well. Log on as teachers, and you will also find lesson plans.