NASA Opportunities in Visualization, Art, and Science (NOVAS) is a free NASA-sponsored program for high school students. We explore NASA science through art, and we highlight how art and visualization are used by scientists. Our workshop participants use digital media, graphic design, Photoshop, and video production tools, as well as drawing and sculpting, to visualize concepts from astronomy and space science. We also engage in hands-on, fun activities involving NASA missions, black holes, supernova explosions, dark matter, climate science, the search for life on other planets, and more.

Participants have the opportunity to meet current UC Berkeley undergraduates, as well as professors, scientists, and other experts, and can take part in behind the scenes tours of working laboratories. They also gain valuable experience for college preparation, and can choose to showcase their work to the public on the web (including on this site!), in art galleries, on video walls, and elsewhere.

NOVAS is produced by a team of science- and art-education specialists from the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab and Astronomy Department, and the YMCA-PG&E Teen Center, and is funded by a grant from NASA.

Applications are no longer being accepted

We're in our final year of NASA funding and unfortunately will no longer be accepting applications for this program. If you'd like to learn more about similar opportunities for teens in the SF Bay Area, please check out the Bay Area Teen Science collaborative on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BayAreaTeenScience