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Oklahoma State University

NASA Activities

OSU leads the consortium of partners from the 13 institutions within the TAMU System, Langston University, OSU Center for Sovereign Nations, Northern Oklahoma College, the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation, and the Technology for Learning Consortium in the mission to collaborate with NASA Johnson Space Center, Agency Mission directorates, and NASA Headquarters to provide competitive and innovative STEM educational opportunities to K-16 students and educators.

The goals of OSU’s NSPACE project (NASA STEM Pathway Activities -- Consortium for Education) are to deliver a nationwide approach to NASA’s goals to improve STEM instruction; increase and sustain youth and public engagement in STEM; enhance the STEM experience of undergraduate students; better serve groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields; and design education for tomorrow’s STEM workforce.

Use the menu links to explore the current NSPACE activities.

BEST Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology


For K-8 teachers: professional development activities (live and archived free webinars and digital badges) and instructional guides aligning to national standards (inquiry-based STEM challenges using the Engineering Design Process)


High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS)

Students posing with an astronaut

HAS Student video

For Texas high school juniors: Selected students travel to Johnson Space Center to complete engineering design challenges and assist in planning a mission to Mars.


High school students Unite with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH)

Student presenting at a fair

HUNCH galley table

For HS Technology Education, Pre-Engineering, or Family & Consumer Science programs: students tackle hardware design projects, sewing flight and training articles, and creating culinary recipes for International Space Station (ISS) crews. (~900 hardware parts produced by students at 17 schools; 98 sleeping bag liners, 73 cargo transfer bags, 8 stowage bags, and 7 payload caddies; 2 student-created recipes selected by ISS astronauts).


NASA Internship Opportunities

NASA interns






Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS)

NASA Student Payload Intern Program logo with a space background

For university students to design and build and experiment to fly to and return home from the International Space Station. Five payloads will be funded up to $20,000 each, and selected teams are expected to involve K-12 students as citizen scientists as part of their experiment.

MUREP Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC)​

Students with instructor and robot




Microgravity Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT)

Students observing study

For Undergraduate students: Student teams design, build, and test a tool or device addressing an authentic, current space exploration challenge



Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students Design Challenge (SUITS)

Student wearing an AR headset

For college student teams: A mission-driven challenge to design and create spacesuit informatics using the augmented reality (AR) platform Microsoft HoloLens.



Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP)

Student examining circuit box

Model for Resource, Reuse, and Active Learning in Interdisciplinary STREAM

Hawaii's Engaged STEM Pathways (HESTEMP)

For pre-service and alternate route STEM teacher candidates from MSIs: One-week professional development sessions at NASA Centers across the country.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS)

Students working together in group

NCAS Social Media Tracker

For Community College students interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics: A five-week online community with the possibility of attending a four-day engineering design challenge at a NASA Center.

Network of States (NOS)

Teachers practicing a lesson

For K-12 educators in formal or informal settings: An network for educator professional development aligned with national standards and designed to enhance teaching practices by integrating NASA-unique STEM content and effective use of technology

STEM on Station (SOS)

Students talking with astronauts via uplink

A Year of Education on Station

Expeditionary Skills for Life

Search for STEMnauts

Betsy Ross Elementary School Downlink

Pine River-Backus School Downlink

For educators and students of all ages: Resources and opportunities to bring the International Space Station into the classroom through lesson plans, activities, opportunities, videos, still imagery and the latest station news

Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR)

Students with NASA plane

For high school and undergraduate students: Teams design and test experiments related to atmospheric and ground mapping, cosmic dust collection, thermal management and control systems, rocket launch support, and test bed operations for future airborne or space-borne systems.