Jun 21, 2021

NASA Science Summer Events and Activities

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Let NASA bring the universe to your home this Summer! We’re inviting every student, educator, and lifelong learner to share in the excitement of scientific discovery and space exploration through unique opportunities from NASA’s Science Activation Program—a community-based approach to connect NASA science with learners of all ages.

Below you will find a roundup of fun and engaging educational activities for families and students in kindergarten and up.


July 2021

Young explorers and artists can draw and submit a space-related piece of art for July's NASA Space Place Art Challenge — some will be featured on the main page of the NASA Space Place website!

The 2021 Summer NASA Astro Photo Challenges begins in July and runs through Aug. 16. Create your own images of the iconic active galaxy M87 with real astronomical data and tools. Use your images to explore the impact of M87’s supermassive black hole, or just create an image that you think is beautiful!

It’s Plastic Free July! This month, consider how you can help reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, and school.


July 25 - Aug 25

What is a Summer without...BUGS! The GLOBE Program needs your help with the Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge. Put your selfie skills to work and help NASA identify mosquito larvae so that we can help prevent outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease!


August 2021


August 18

NASA's Lucy Mission to the Trojan Asteroids (a webinar from NASA’s Night Sky Network). Wednesday, Aug 18 at 9 p.m. EDT.

  • Streaming FREE on YouTube
  • Dr. Cathy Olkin, a planetary scientist and Deputy Principal Investigator for the Lucy mission, will give an update on NASA's Lucy Mission to visit Jupiter's Trojan asteroids.
  • Launching in October 2021, Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojans. The mission takes its name from the fossilized human ancestor (called “Lucy” by her discoverers) whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity's evolution.


More Summer Fun!

Celebrate NASA-style with some sunny (aka Heliophysics) activities: