Connecting middle/high school students and teachers to NASA-inspired STEM experiences.
NASA Centers act as hubs for professional development for teachers, access points for NASA educational materials, and on-site experiences for teachers and students. The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pathways (NESSP) project gives the Pacific Northwest a NASA educational presence by providing NASA-focused outreach, professional development, STEM academies, and national challenges to underrepresented communities. We also connect rural and underrepresented students to NASA scientists and experts.
Upcoming 8 th grade female student from the Crow Reservation
NESSP works closely with stakeholders to identify and address the unique challenges in the communities of underserved students. NESSP hopes that providing NASA-related STEM activities in response to community needs will have a measurable effect on underserved and underrepresented students’ future perception of STEM and aspirations towards STEM careers. NESSP also strives to make participants feel like they are part of the NASA community.