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Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students
The Center for Lunar Science and Exploration at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA’s Johnson Space Center is looking for 10 teams of highly motivated high school students and their teachers to participate in a national standards-based, lunar/asteroid research program for the 2015-2016 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 scienceI. 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 2016. Participation in the ExMASS program is free. Applications are due April 19, 2015. Selected teachers will be notified no later than May 1, 2015.

Genes in Space
This challenge invites teachers and students in grades 7 through 12 across the nation to design a pioneering DNA experiment by proposing DNA amplification experiments using the unique environment of the International Space Station. Teachers and students, either alone or in groups of up to four, are invited to submit a written proposal for a DNA analysis experiment to be conducted aboard the International Space Station using miniPCR technology. The national winner will later have their experiment performed 250 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. Proposal deadline: Apr. 30, 2015.