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STEM Engagement Impacts

NASA provides an exciting array of STEM experiences and opportunities to immerse students in the agency’s missions and projects. By maintaining a steadfast focus on engaging students, and supporting educators and educational institutions, NASA seeks to build the next generation STEM workforce and broaden student participation to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM fields.

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FY 2023 Participant numbers





By the Numbers

The NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) investments encompass four projects: the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), National Space Grant College and Fellowship Project (Space Grant), Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the Next Generation STEM Project (Next Gen STEM). OSTEM collaborates with NASA mission directorates, including the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), and Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD); SMD’s Science Activation (SciAct) program and NASA centers and facilities, to maximize the agency’s reach and impact.               

In Fiscal Year 2023 (October 1, 2022 – September 30, 2023), 768K+ student, 112K+ educator and 80.3K+ other participants engaged in NASA STEM engagement activities and educational content.   


NASA’s Organizational Health & Performance Reach of STEM Engagement Metric
(FY 2023)
EPSCoRNGSMUREPSpace GrantOther STEM EngagementsTotals
Participant Data
Total # of Student Participants842878082170960325554943768557
Total # of Educator Participants8121406627573275962173112567
Total # of Other Participants94069506279024770307580168580376132

Participant Data Definitions:

  • Student Participants represent all students reached through STEM Engagement investments
  • Educator Participants represents educator participants reached through STEM Engagement investments including SciAct Educators
  • Other Participants represents general public participants (e.g., uncategorized students of all ages, parents, educators, and adult participants) reached through collective STEM engagement investments, including 75.8M SciAct Learners

Significant Awards

  • In Fiscal Year 2023, Space Grant, MUREP, Next Gen STEM, EPSCoR and SciAct grantee and awardee institutions reported 3,577 peer-reviewed publicationstechnical papers and presentations representing opportunities for learners to contribute to NASA’s aeronautics, space and science missions and work.
  • Notably, 61 percent of the peer-reviewed and other technical publications were authored or coauthored by students.
  • NASA provided 9,584 internships, fellowships, research opportunities, educator professional development, challenges and other college/pre-college STEM engagement opportunities to 8,999 student and educator participants representing K-12 institutions and higher education institutions including 2-year, 4-year institutions and all Minority Serving Institution (MSI) classifications. These significant awards provided a total of over $44.3M in direct financial support to participants.
  • In these opportunities, 14.8 percent of participants identified as racially underrepresented* and 17.4 percent of participants identified as ethnically underrepresented**. Also, of the Agency’s higher education internships and fellowship positions 43.2 percent were filled by women.

NOTE, underrepresented statistics for race and ethnicity exceeded the national averages for underrepresented students enrolled in STEM degree programs (per the National Center for Educational Statistics –

*Underrepresented racial categories (American Indian or Alaskan Native; Black or African American; and/or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander)​​

** Underrepresented ethnicity (Hispanic or Latino)

Featured Partnerships

NASA has gone beyond its established goals to engage in notable partnerships and campaigns to extend its reach. NASA collaborated across the STEM ecosystem through high-impact collaborative activities that complement its efforts to build a diverse future STEM workforce. These no-exchange of funds opportunities with industry and non-profits address mutually beneficial goals. In FY23, NASA supported 23 active national partnerships via Space Act Agreements or Memoranda of Understanding. This work resulted in over 7 million digital engagements including video views and product interactions.