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NASA Explorer Schools
January 6, 2012

[Educators Grades 4-12]
[Available: Nationally]

The NASA Explorer Schools Project is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle and high school students (grades 4-12) that provides authentic learning experiences designed around NASA's unique missions while promoting student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics based on NASA's resources.

NES focuses on student opportunities, giving students a sense of relevance and involvement by linking STEM classroom topics to real-world NASA activities that inspire middle and high school students' interest in STEM disciplines. Through partnerships with national educational organizations and use of best educational practices, the NES project hopes to inspire students to participate in NASA missions and develop their aptitudes in STEM.

NES uses a Virtual Campus website (http://explorerschools.nasa.gov) to provide professional development and support for educators and allows students to participate in NASA's missions of discovery and exploration. NES offers cross-cutting NASA STEM content for middle school and high school teachers to implement into their classrooms. NES participants have access to:


  • Lessons developed around NASA's most innovative research and scientific discoveries.
  • Professional development and virtual support to assist with implementing classroom content.
  • NASA Now classroom videos which offer users firsthand accounts of new discoveries and mission updates directly from NASA subject matter experts.
  • Monthly video chats featuring live NASA subject matter experts ready to answer questions from your students in real-time.
  • Recognition opportunities, which allows NES to extend its reach beyond the classroom and school year by recognizing innovative integration of NASA content modules and exemplary use of best practices in education to inspire student interest in STEM.

NES offers multiple pathways for participation and recognitions, and requires no application process. To be a participant in NES you must be a U.S. citizen, have a current valid education certification as an administrator or educator in a state or nationally accredited education institution (grades 4-12) in the United States or a U.S. territory or a Department of Defense or State Department school.

Individual teachers, teachers from a school wishing to participate as a team, or administrators interested in the NES project should:

  1. Fill out the NES Registration Form.
  2. Participate in an on-line orientation session. Sign up information will be provided in a follow up e-mail.

For additional information or questions, check with the project's Frequently Asked Questions page or e-mail NES staff at the Help Desk: NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.

NASA Contact
Mr. Rob LaSalvia
NASA Explorer Schools Project Manager (Acting)
Educational Programs Office
NASA Glenn Research Center
21000 Brookpark Road MS 7-4
Cleveland, OH 44135
Phone: 216-433-8981
Email: robert.f.lasalvia@nasa.gov

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