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Mini-Grant Program for Teachers and Students Participating in the NASA Student Involvement Program

Join the NASA team! The PA Space Grant Consortium announces a $200 mini-grant opportunity to support teacher and student involvement in the NASA Student Involvement Program. Inspire your students to expand their knowledge through NASA's Student Involvement Program (NSIP), a national program of investigations and challenges that will engage your students' interest in learning through an inquiry process.

The students were thrilled when they received their certificates and medals. It made them proud to see their hard work being recognized and rewarded.

--Lisa Martin, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

Download the Mini-Grant Application (.pdf file)

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  • Click here for Mini-Grant FAQs
  • First round deadline: November 15
  • Second round deadline: December 6

Visit the NASA Student Involvement Program Website at

National Competitions Grades
K-1 2-4 5-8 9-12
My Planet, Earth whole class team or whole class  
Science & Technology Journalism whole class team or whole class team or individual team or individual
Aerospace Technology Engineering Challenge   team or individual  
Design a Lunar-Based Mission to Mars & Beyond   team or individual team or individual
Watching Earth Change   team or individual team or individual
Space Flight Opportunities   team or individual
  • NSIP Space Flight Opportunity competition due January 15. All other competitions due January 31.
  • Download Educator Resource Guides including challenge checklists and judging rubrics.

Bring NASA into your classroom to support inquiry-based units on space, history, math, language arts, engineering, geography, and the sciences. NSIP challenges and teacher resource guides support national science, mathematics, and technology education standards. NSIP is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn by getting involved in NASA's story of adventure, discovery, and invention! Students design space missions, investigate Earth from space, explore Earth systems in their neighborhood, and learn about the latest developments in aerospace technology.

Each student receives recognition from NASA for participation and has the opportunity to win cool prizes including a trip to the U.S. Space Camp or Student Flight Week at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Regional and National winners will be selected!

Mini-Grant FAQs

  • First round deadline: November 15
  • Second round deadline: December 6
  • Mini-grants are competitive. Teachers will be notified by November 22.
  • Pennsylvania educators are eligible to apply for our mini-grant program.
  • Funds should be used to support teacher and student participation in the NSIP program.
  • Funds cannot be used to purchase clothing.
  • Funds will be sent directly to the teachers (who must submit original receipts) OR to the school (who must submit an invoice; original receipts not needed).
  • Funds will be reimbursed after expenses are incurred.

For more information, please contact
Angela Phelps
Assistant Director for K-12 Programs

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Last Updated: November 9th, 2004