NASA’s education programs inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among America’s youth and have a positive impact on the number of students who are proficient in STEM and choose to pursue careers in STEM fields. NASA increases the pool of future STEM workers, thus contributing to the workforce of the future by attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines. With these efforts in STEM education, NASA helps the United States remain globally competitive and sustain a strong national economy.
NASA is committed to achieving the President’s Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) goals:
- To Prepare 100,000 excellent new K-12 STEM teachers by 2020, and support the existing STEM teacher workforce;
- Increase and sustain youth and public engagement in STEM. Support a 50 percent increase in the number of U.S. youth who have an effective, authentic STEM experience each year prior to completing high school;
- Enhance STEM experience of undergraduate students. Graduate one million additional students with degrees in STEM fields over the next 10 years; and to
- Better serve groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Increase the number of underrepresented minorities that graduate college with STEM degrees in the next 10 years and improve women’s participation in areas of STEM where they are significantly underrepresented.
NASA’s IV&V Education Program is preparing new K-12 STEM teachers by providing access to NASA learning materials and educator professional development via its Educator Resource Center (ERC). Our Student Outreach program offers authentic STEM experiences for K-12 school groups from across the region while our robotics, rocketry, and aviation STEM competitions engage thousands of students each year. Undergraduate students have become more engaged than ever with NASA missions and science through the Space Flight Design Challenge, the Space Public Outreach Team (SPOT), and numerous collegiate STEM competitions. NASA IV&V reaches out to underserved groups and females through partnerships and programs to increase their involvement in STEM including through our most intensive opportunities, the high school and college intern programs.