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Fly Your Exoplanet on The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)
All ages are welcomed to submit a .pdf sketch or graphic to be included to fly aboard the the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft while it searches the sky for new worlds outside of our solar system (called exoplanets). In the first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey, TESS will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants and will orbit a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. Submit your request via email by Nov. 20, 1027.

Backyard Worlds: Planet 9
Help NASA find a new planet and new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system. Comb through images to distinguish moving celestial bodies from ghosts and other artifacts using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission. Participants in this citizen science project will share the credit for their discoveries in any scientific publications that result from the project.

Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)
Apply to lead your team of high school students in participate in a national standards-based, lunar/asteroid research program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Supervised by their teacher and advised by a scientist, teams undertake student-led, open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science and support the goals of SSERVI. At the end of the year, four teams compete for a chance to present their research at the NASA Exploration Science Forum held at the NASA Ames Research Center in July 2018. Application deadline: March 31.

The Paradigm Challenge
The Paradigm Challenge is an annual competition that inspires youth to use STEM skills plus kindness, creativity, and collaboration by generating new ideas to reduce waste in homes, schools, communities, and around the world. The top 100 teams will win cash prizes from $200 to the $100,000 Grand Prize.

100th AAPG Anniversary
Middle-school, high-school, and community college instructors who are teaching Earth science and related topics are invited to participate in the Earth Science Educator Program of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 100th Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) at the George R. Brown Convention Center on April 2-5, 2017. Science Coordinators and Directors, as well as pre-service students preparing for teaching Earth science and related topics in grades 6-14, also are invited to participate!