Welcome to NESSP and NASA Student Challenges

Student Challenge icon -- A white square with a black border, showing the words "Student Challenge" above an astronaut holding a clock next to icons representing a telescope, a drone, a rover, a testing meter, a beaker and flask, and a notebook. NESSP’s student challenges program brings our STEM education expertise to educators and students across the United States. Challenges center around a specific scientific topic or NASA mission and create opportunities for educators to participate in NESSP-provided professional development and for students to work together in teams to tackle STEM topics. LEARN MORE!

Upcoming events

Announcements

November 5–6, 2021 — Virtual workshop
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Coming soon….

Our next ROADS challenge launches this autumn! Stay tuned to our communications array for announcements.

NESSP’s Programs

Educator PD

Educator PD icon -- A white square with a black border, showing the words "Educator PD" above an audience of two people in a classroom setting, watching an astronaut instructor gesturing to a board showing images of a drone and rover. NESSP’s professional development program offers two-day workshops and weeklong summits to teachers, organizers, and other science educators across the northwest region. LEARN MORE!

Upcoming events

2021 Professional Development — Registration
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November 5–6, 2021 — Virtual workshop
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Announcements

  • Announcing summer professional development for teachers July 9, 2021 - For summer 2021, NESSP is pleased to offer several professional development sessions for teachers — including a long-awaited return to an in-person workshop format for one of the sessions! As with our PD sessions last year, our summer 2021 sessions will take place over two days.

Curriculum

Companion Course icon -- A white square with a black border, showing the words "Companion Course" above a notebook showing a drone and a rover. NESSP's companion course program offers a curriculum for educators to integrate concepts from our ROADS challenges into their lesson plans. Curricula support Next Generation Science Standards and is aligned with NASA missions. LEARN MORE!

Upcoming events

November 5–6, 2021 — Virtual workshop
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Scheduled ical Google outlook
Event Virtual

Announcements

  • Announcing summer professional development for teachers July 9, 2021 - For summer 2021, NESSP is pleased to offer several professional development sessions for teachers — including a long-awaited return to an in-person workshop format for one of the sessions! As with our PD sessions last year, our summer 2021 sessions will take place over two days.

Mini-Missions

Mini-Missions icon -- A white square with a black border, showing the words "Mini-Missions" above a group of four astronauts performing missions tasks. NESSP’s mini-mission program offers curriculum and supplies to educator-led activities across the northwest region. Our mini-missions work well in a variety of situations from summer camps to Scouting activities to after-school programs. LEARN MORE!

Upcoming events

Autumn 2021 Mini-Missions
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Announcements

  • Summer science is here! July 12, 2021 - For summer 2021, NESSP is pleased to offer several mini-missions for use in your summer camp activities in July and August.

The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline

The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline is a collaborative K-12 education effort serving students, teachers, and their diverse communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.