NASA National Student Challenges
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.
NESSP’s STEM showcase programs bring hands-on STEM activities to students in schools, after-school, or youth programs. Our outreach programs are provided by three of our partners, covering regions in Washington State and Oregon.
NESSP’s mini-mission program offers curriculum and supplies to educator-led activities across the northwest region. Our mini-missions work well in various situations, from summer camps to scouting activities to after-school programs. Stipends and professional development are offered to qualified educators.
NESSP partners, including CWU, the Museum of Flight, OSME, and the Pacific Science Center, offer summer camps that are either free or offer scholarships to qualifying students.
Alternative Spring Break from UW Riverways
UW undergraduates spend their spring break in rural and tribal communities across Washington state. They teach lesson plans inspired by the NESSP ROADS challenge. The lesson plans are tailored to our partner site’s needs and modified to be culturally sustaining, gender-responsive, and accessible.
UW Riverways coordinates University of Washington campus visits for qualifying schools. Students tour the UW Seattle campus, tour research labs, and participate in hands-on STEM activities.