Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pathways

Connecting middle/high school students and teachers to NASA-inspired STEM experiences.

Photo of a young girl sitting on a large mat with an image of the surface of another planet that has various elements highlighted with red, green and blue circles.

Team Mission

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.

I want to come to this camp because NASA recently came to my school and we shot off rockets. I never thought I would like engineering rockets and launching them into the sky… I love launching rockets and solving math problems. And I also like to engineer the rockets. And I like learning new things about technology and I love to learn new things about space.

Upcoming 8 th grade female student from the Crow Reservation

Upcoming 8 th grade female student from the Crow Reservation

What does your team home to achieve?

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.

Project Web Site

NESSP logo, an illustrated rocket launching over the United States with yellow text overlaid that reads NESSP and text around the image reads Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pathways