Program to Inspire the Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers
The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) was launched In June 2010, by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in strategic partnership with NanoRacks. Designed as a model US national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative, the program gives typically 300-plus students across a participating community the ability to design and propose real microgravity experiments to fly in low Earth orbit (experiments conducted in a “weightless” environment) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). SSEP is suitable for students in precollege grades 5–12, two-year community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities. The program is about immersing and engaging students and their teachers in every facet of real science—on the high frontier—so that students are given the chance to be scientists and experience science firsthand.
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, is celebrating 10 years of helping educators teach STEM while tackling local community issues and winning technology for their school. To celebrate, Samsung is giving away up to $3 million in prizes and selecting more winners than ever before. Take a few minutes and submit your application to participate today.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.