Space Week Studies for Teens

Space Studies for Teens

The STEM job field is perfect for students with inquisitive minds that are interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Today there are more career opportunities than there are people to fill these positions. Space and astronomy is one such area. Listed below are a list of apps and websites to allow your student the opportunity to explore and learn more about space and astronomy. Also listed are some astronomy internships, fellowships, and scholarships perfect for high schoolers.


Space and Astronomy Apps and Websites

  • NASACome explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA app.
  • Solar System Explorer HD ProSoar into space and visit dozens of planets, moons and asteroids on an exciting journey through our solar system. High definition graphics and atmospheric music will make you feel like you are there!
  • NASA Visualization Explorer This is the NASA Visualization Explorer, the coolest way to get stories about advanced space-based research delivered right to your iOS device.
  • Star Chart Used by over 30 million people world-wide, Star Chart provides a magical star gazing experience like no other.
  • NASA: Solar System Exploration- This website has everything imaginable about space exploration.
  • Sky MapSky Map is a hand-held planetarium for your Android device. Use it to identify stars, planets, nebulae and more.
  • Galaxy Zoo- Classifying, comparing, and analyzing galactic data with this great, free tool can be influential to kids’ involvement with science.
  • Mobile Observatory – Astronomy– Mobile Observatory is the perfect tool for anybody interested in the sky’s wonders, from the occasional sky gazer to the passionate amateur astronomer.
  • NOVA Labs– Science from the evolutionary standpoint.
  • Mars Student Imaging ProjectTake science research out of this world with NASA’s Mars project
  • WorldWide Telescope- Treasure trove of astronomical imagery and facts


Astronomy Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships

  • NASA Internships and Fellowships– This is a very competitive program for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as educators interested in fields in STEM.
  • Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium– Wyoming NASA Space Grant sponsors education and research programs in the state of Wyoming in support of NASA missions.
  • UW Teton STEM– A STEM camp on the campus of the University of Wyoming. Women in STEM-Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Conferences for girls grade 7-12.
  • The MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) A program to attract and retain underserved and underrepresented youth in grades K-12 and give them the learning opportunity to attain a STEM education.
  • NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR– Girls in Aviation Day in the fall and also many grants and fellowships available for student research and educational opportunities.
  • Teen Science Scholars– Their Teen Science Scholar Internship offers high school students, who will be in their junior or senior year in high school a chance to work alongside scientists from their Research and Collections Team at the Museum.
  • Scholarships for STEM at UH Hilo– This STEM program makes scholarships available at UH Hilo for academically talented and highly motivated students from economically disadvantaged families to complete STEM degrees.
  • UMass Summer Programs Funding and Scholarships– Various scholarships available for their summer programs.
  • ASPIRE High School Mentoring ProgramThe John Hopkins ASPIRE program is the opportunity for juniors and seniors in high school to get hands-on experience in STEM and to explore career opportunities before committing to an area of study in college.
  • Maine Research Internships for Teachers and StudentsThe Maine Research Internships for Teachers and Students (MERITS) Program provides summer (six weeks) research opportunities to Maine high school juniors in host institutions across the state.  Students who are interested in STEM fields and would like to experience “real-time” applications of STEM in a research-focused work world conducting research and technology development should apply.
  • SLAC Summer Student ProgramParticipants in this program include high school (ages 18 and older), undergraduate and graduate level college students.  Students can work up to twelve weeks from May until September, depending upon department needs and student school schedules.   
  • University of Texas NASA Summer Intern ProgramNASA, Texas Space Grant Consortium, and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research Summer Intern Program is a nationally competitive STEM program for high school students. The program provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research.


Joy Capps is a homeschool bookworm residing in the mountains of western North Carolina. The only one who loves books more is her 16-year-old daughter. They both enjoy perusing old bookstores for treasures and sniffing books. Her son who is 18 has special needs, is the social butterfly of the family and has never met a stranger. Although she is originally from South Dakota she now calls North Carolina her home and she and her family love exploring the great outdoors. Her family has been homeschooling since 2005.

October 7, 2018


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