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About NASA STEM Engagement

NASA and the Nation need a diverse and skilled science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce today and in the future. We are committed to engaging, inspiring, and attracting future generations of explorers and building a diverse future STEM workforce through a broad set of programs, projects, internship opportunities, activities, and products that connect students to NASA’s mission, work, and people. NASA’s work in STEM Engagement is a collaborative endeavor which encompasses efforts across the Office of STEM Engagement, the Mission Directorates, and the Field Centers.

What We Do

NASA STEM Engagement Highlights

Find out how NASA’s STEM opportunities and activities in fiscal year 2023 enabled students and educators to engage with the agency’s most ambitious missions and programs.

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NASA STEM Impacts and Benefits

A Culture of Evidence

NASA has long held a culture of using evidence to inform its endeavors. As an Agency at the cutting edge of exploration, scientific discovery, and technological development, NASA believes that frequently and thoroughly examining and evaluating its programs, missions, and projects leads to future success. NASA STEM Engagement is dedicated to robust evidence-building practices. The Office of STEM Engagement employs a performance assessment and evaluation strategy consisting of three main components: performance activities, evaluation activities, and a learning agenda. This strategy is a crucial tool for systematically gathering evidence to identify the priorities and support decision-making that will help cultivate the next generation of explorers.

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NASA Strategy for STEM Engagement

Build the Next Generation of Explorers

The 2022 NASA Strategic Plan Objective 4.3, “Build the next generation of explorers,” establishes the agency’s STEM engagement strategy. NASA’s STEM Engagement Strategic Implementation Plan supports the implementation of the strategy and outlines systemic efforts that support the coordination and execution of NASA’s STEM engagement work from 2024 through 2026, when NASA’s Strategic Plan is expected to be revised.

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NASA STEM Projects

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement provides guidance and strategic direction of the agency’s STEM engagement portfolio. The STEM Engagement program encompasses four projects which collaborates with NASA mission directorates and field centers to maximize the agency’s reach and impact.

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Next Gen STEM

Next Gen STEM develops and deploys evidence-based STEM learning opportunities that provide a platform for students to learn via NASA’s endeavors in exploration and discovery. Through Next Gen STEM, NASA makes vital investments in informal education that include competitive awards, engages K-12 students, builds networks within the formal education ecosystem, engages educators through the NASA CONNECTS community of practice, trains NASA STEM experts to expand work with students, and offers challenges and competitions to broaden student participation.

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National Space Grant College and Fellowship Project

NASA implements Space Grant, a national network of colleges and universities with over 1,000 affiliate institutions and organizations working to expand opportunities for students to participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects. Space Grant is made up of 52 consortia located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Space Grant provides valuable learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate students and delivers experiential opportunities for middle and high school students.

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Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

NASA EPSCoR establishes partnerships with Government, higher education, and industry that are designed to drive sustainable improvements in a state or region’s research infrastructure, research and development capacity, and competitiveness in eligible jurisdictions.

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Minority University Research and Education Project 

MUREP provides support via competitive opportunities and awards to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) that address specific gaps needs while building capacity at the institution. These multiyear grants are awarded to Minority Institution faculty and students in research leveraging NASA’s unique and exciting mission and work. MUREP investments enhance the research, academic, and technology capabilities of MSIs to bolster their capacity in educating and preparing students for STEM careers.

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