NASA Science Summer Events and Activities
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.
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!
- Watch this overview video to learn how to participate in the Challenges.
- Then choose if you want to capture your own real-time telescope image of M87, and process it in the MicroObservatory Challenge, or select and process a NASA image of M87 in the NASA Data Challenge.
It’s Plastic Free July! This month, consider how you can help reduce single-use plastic waste at home, work, and school.
- Did you know you can observe plastics from space? Check out how scientists use NASA satellite data to track the movement of tiny pieces of plastic in the ocean!
- Where is all our Plastic? Are plastics changing the ocean ecosystem? Learn more in this Notes from the Field.
- Explore What You Can Do
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!
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:
- Watch three years of the Sun (safely!) in three minutes in this guided tour with a NASA Sun expert.
- Observe the Sun just like NASA does—in many beautiful Jewel Box colors. Then color the sun yourself with this NASA coloring book, available in English and Spanish.
- Kids, visit the Space Place for games, crafts & activities about the Sun (Vea en Espanol!)
- Are there any sunspots today? Check out what the Sun looks like now (or in the recent past) using the Helioviewer (advanced version here). Didn’t find any sunspots? You can make your own with these sunspot cookies.
- How does the Sun impact the Earth? Chase some aurora and find out with the Aurorasaurus Citizen Science project (intro video here). Can’t see any aurora? Anyone can help by verifying some tweets!