Collaborative research between the Washington Space Grant Consortium and the Northwest Earth & Space Sciences Pipeline
Collaborating in space research and strengthen STEM fields:
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium is comprised of more than a dozen institutions within the state of Washington, including universities, community colleges, private industry, educational organizations and museums.
The Consortium was established in 1989 with a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Its mission is to enhance higher education opportunities for students seeking to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); to enrich and improve STEM education at Washington’s diverse pre-college, college, university and community learning centers; and to provide public outreach for NASA missions, and thereby strengthen the future workforce for NASA and our nation.
NASA centers have traditionally acted as hubs for professional development for teachers, access points for NASA educational materials, and on-site experiences for teachers and students. However, only eight states are fortunate enough to house NASA centers — and none are within our region.
NESSP serves as a “virtual NASA center” for residents of the Pacific Northwest, giving students and teachers in our region access to innovative and informative educational materials that engage student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We also support community-based science and engineering events in partnership with underserved and underrepresented communities.
Our goals are to strengthen the STEM education region-wide and infuse a strong, standards-based mathematics component into NASA educational materials for middle and high school levels. We also serve as a bridge into other NASA experiences for teachers and students, and eventually into careers in STEM fields.