NESSP serves as a “virtual NASA center” for residents of the U.S.’s northwest — covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and North and South Dakota. NASA centers have traditionally acted as hubs for professional development for educators, access points for NASA educational materials, and on-site experiences for educators and students. In lieu of a NASA center in our region, NESSP offers several programs to deliver hands-on STEM experiences and NASA education to our communities. Our specific topic focus areas are:

  • Environmental science and remote sensing
  • Planetary exploration and robotics
  • Exploration of the solar system and rocketry

Our goal is to create a pathway into STEM fields — by getting students excited and inspired by STEM and by strengthening STEM education across our region. We also support community-based science and engineering events in partnership with underserved and underrepresented communities. If you’d like to inquire about working with us to bring NESSP programming to your community, contact us at

Visit the pages below for details on each program and to see listings of upcoming opportunities.