Credit: Carla Cioff/NASA

A new online fundraising competition, hosted by a former NASA astronaut, calls on teachers to submit ideas for projects in a chance to receive $5,000.

Former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, a veteran of two space shuttle missions to build the International Space Station, will co-judge the Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge. This competition will allow teachers to submit ideas for projects that can inspire students to learn about math and science outside of school, and five winning projects will receive $5,000.

Teachers who don’t win the final prize can still raise money for their projects on, where the public can donate to support the projects. The Science Everywhere sponsors, the Overdeck Family Foundation and the Simons Foundation will match the funds raised, and they are committed to give up to $450,000.

“My parents were educators who inspired me and so many others to reach for the stars,” said Melvin.

Teachers can submit their proposals until Friday, March 24, at Funds will continue to be matched