Educator Programs

NESSP seeks to provide educators with the necessary tools and resources to inspire and motivate underserved students, even in challenging learning environments. NESSP provides educators with engaging hands-on lesson plans, supplies, professional development opportunities, and summer stipends.

Educator Professional Development

NESSP’s professional development program offers two-day workshops and weeklong summits to teachers, organizers, and other science educators across the northwest region and Arizona.

Educator Professional Development

Become a Mission Advisor

Interested in becoming a Mission Advisor for NESSP’s next student challenge? Please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of the page and follow us on social media (@nwessp) to keep updated on future challenges and professional development opportunities.

Learn about the National Student Challenges

Companion Course

NESSP’s companion course program offers lessons for educators to integrate concepts from our ROADS challenges into their classroom plans. Lessons support Next Generation Science Standards and are aligned with NASA missions.

See the Companion Courses

Educational Supplies Loan Program

NESSP can loan supplies to educators participating in NESSP programs in rural and underserved districts and communities.  To receive supplies please check out the next NESSP National Challenge or Mini-Mission.

Citizen Science Program for Libraries

The Montana Learning Center has developed a citizen science program to partner with libraries across Montana that is available anytime! Participants collect data about light pollution and provide information to the international database.

For more information and to register, visit

Co-Designed Culturally Responsive ROADS Curriculum (CRRC) at Northern Arizona University:

CRRC approaches the ROADS challenge from an Indigenous way of knowing and paves the way for more Indigenous students to participate in robotics challenges.

Culturally Responsive Material will be available at

Regional Science Matter Experts

Are you a STEM expert or expert-in-training interested in outreach or connecting with students?  NESSP may be able to help!

If you are an SME that would like to connect with students, please fill out this form.