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STEM Education Updates from the U.S. Department of Education

Updated on October 27, 2021 - 8:56 AM CDT
Posted on October 27, 2021 - 8:54 AM CDT

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The US Department of Education's STEM Newsletter has information about:

  • Joint IES & NSF Funding Opportunity for National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes
  • the White House's call for public input on the Advancing Equity in Science & Technology Ideation Challenge
  • an EPA Environmental Education Grant
  • and several student STEM opportunities

Airport Design Challenge
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is thrilled to be hosting another round of the very popular Airport Design Challenge, where students are encouraged to form teams and recreate a real airport in the Minecraft virtual platform.  Students from K-12 can participate using the free version of Minecraft and all of them will get the chance to not only use Minecraft in a unique way, but also learn lessons about aviation and airports along the way.  Student enrollment opens November 1, 2021.

Unfold the Universe Art Challenge
Stars, galaxies, nebulae – oh my! What will NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveal when it peers back through 13.5 billion years of time? Create, using any form of art, what you think the Webb Telescope will discover for a chance to be featured on NASA's historic launch broadcast.  Join the #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge today.  Deadline for Submissions is December 18, 2021.

Design Moon-Digging Robots with Lunabotics
NASA and Future Engineers are challenging young innovators to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The Lunabotics Junior Contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers. Entries are due January 25, 2022.