Text Size
What's Your Question?
March 30, 2011

> What is SEMAA?
> Who is eligible to participate?
> How much does the program cost?
> What is the Aerospace Education Laboratory, or AEL?
> What types of activities are available?
> What is the Family Café?
> How do I start a SEMAA site?
> How did SEMAA get started?

What is SEMAA?
The Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy, or SEMAA, is a national, innovative program designed to increase the participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented K-12 youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Visit the About SEMAA page for more details.

Who is eligible to participate?
All students in grades K-12 who have an interest in math and science would benefit from the activities offered by the NASA SEMAA project. SEMAA is currently offered at 14 locations in 12 states and the District of Columbia. Each SEMAA site location will process applications for participation. Visit the SEMAA Locations page for more details.

How much does the program cost?
The program is free to all SEMAA participants.

What is the Aerospace Education Laboratory, or AEL?
The AEL is a state-of-the-art, computerized classroom that uses cutting-edge technologies to model real-world challenges in aviation, robotics and microgravity research. The lab is available to middle and upper school students as part of the SEMAA curriculum enhancement activities, or to the local school system and community organizations through outreach activities. Visit the Aerospace Education Laboratory page for more details.

What types of activities are available?
The lab currently provides tours, workshops and professional development opportunities. For more details, please contact your local SEMAA site.

What is the Family Café?
The Family Café is an interactive forum that provides educational and parenting information to adult caregivers and any other supportive, adult role models that are actively involved in the student's life. It provides access to local resources to help parents gain a better understanding and appreciation for what their kids are learning and supports dialog between families, local education officials and other community stakeholders. Visit the Family Café page for more details.

How do I start a SEMAA site?
For more information on how to partner with SEMAA and/or start a SEMAA project in your location please contact SEMAA.

How did SEMAA get started?
Former U.S. Congressman, Louis Stokes, concerned about the low level of academic achievement in math and science among students in his Cleveland-area district, advocated for the creation of a program that would combine the unique content and technology of NASA with the accessibility and instructional resources of a community college. The Congressman understood that getting students excited about achieving in STEM-related fields would be the key to their success in the technological society in which they would ultimately seek employment. Educational personnel at NASA Glenn Research Center (then NASA Lewis Research Center), along with representatives from Cuyahoga Community College, or CCC, immediately began planning to fulfill the Congressman's vision by developing the hands-on, K-12 STEM educational model that is prominently known today as the NASA SEMAA project. The first NASA SEMAA site, implemented at CCC in 1993, received such an overwhelming response from the surrounding communities that efforts turned quickly towards replication. For a listing of SEMAA site location please visit the SEMAA Locations page.

Image Token: 
Image Token: 
Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
Page Editor: NASA Administrator