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Glenn High School Shadowing

The Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) has a strong interest in strengthening relationships with organizations that support students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.  The Shadowing Program is a one-day event hosted by NASA Glenn that is designed to allow high school students to explore career opportunities in STEM as well as business. The event features NASA Scientists and Engineers working in STEM fields at NASA Glenn, engaging STEM activities, and tours of NASA Glenn’s facilities.

Shadowing students are matched with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who works in a field related to the student’s career interests. These experts are seasoned professionals with firsthand experience in various STEM disciplines. The matching process ensures that students get personalized insights into their chosen career paths. Whether it’s aerospace engineering, computer science, or any other STEM field, the SME provides valuable guidance and insight into their day-to-day work.

Shadowing Day will be conducted on site at the NASA Glenn Research Center. The event will be limited to the first eligible registrations received. Event information and logistics will be sent to approved applicants once registrations have closed. 

Visit NASA Glenn Office of STEM Engagement about Glenn High School Shadowing


  • This opportunity is open to high-school-aged students that are United States citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents.
  • Students must be enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school located in the state of Ohio.

Key Dates

Fall High School Shadowing Day

  • Registration Opens – September 16, 2024
  • Registration Closes – October 18, 2024
  • Event Date – November 14, 2024
  • Event Time – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern

Spring High School Shadowing Day

  • Registration Opens – March 17, 2025
  • Registration Closes – April 18, 2025
  • Event Date – May 15, 2025
  • Event Time – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Eastern

Registration Information

To apply:

Download the High School Shadowing Principal/Counselor Acknowledgment below. Have the student’s principal or counselor sign to acknowledge the student’s participation during school time.

This signed document may be uploaded as a Supporting Document (PDF or image) in the application: High School Shadowing Principal/Counselor Acknowledgment form (2024-2025 form coming soon)

Use the same principal or counselor’s name if asked for a person to submit a letter of recommendation.

The student must prepare a short essay (maximum 2500 characters) that describes why they want to participate in this shadowing experience. This essay should be uploaded as a Supporting Document (Word or PDF) in the application. The student’s essay should address the following:

  • What would you like to achieve through participation in this program?
  • How have your past experiences (e.g., classes, clubs, organizations, teams, programs, and activities) influenced what you would like to achieve?
  • How would this opportunity impact your future?
  • What do you know about NASA?

Students ages 14-17 must enter a parent or guardian’s email address as part of the application process. This email will receive instructions for approving the student’s application. Parents or guardians must apply on behalf of any students under the age of 14. The signed Principal/Counselor Acknowledgment and the student essay will be submitted as Supporting Documents during the application process.

Choose a single area of interest from the list below and apply only to your top choice. Click on the links below to apply . Individual areas of interest may close applications early if they become full.

  • Aero/Astro Engineering
  • Business and Communications
  • Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Technology Innovation
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering, Physical Science, and Civil Engineering
  • Graphic Design, Video, and Photo
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Space Science

If multiple applications are submitted for different interests, only the first one will be considered. If you change your mind and want to apply to a different area of interest, you must withdraw the previous application. After registration closes, eligible registrants will receive a welcome letter with logistics for attending the Shadowing Day event. Please be aware that submitting your application through Gateway does not confirm acceptance to attend this event. Acceptance as a participant is confirmed only upon receipt of a welcome letter via email. While you will receive a receipt acknowledging the accepted offer from Gateway, this does not serve as confirmation of your attendance at the event.

If you have any technical problems with the application process, please reach out to the Gateway Help Desk at Include a description of the issue and any necessary screenshots.

If you have any questions about the event itself or need non-technical assistance with the application process, please contact us at

Contact Information

Jeresha Nixon, M.Ed.
Education Program Specialist
(216) 433-6656

Glenn Research Center – Office of STEM Engagement

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