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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.
- NSPACE Annual Report - Year One
- NSPACE Annual Report - Year Two
- Current Opportunities for Students
- Resources for Educators
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)
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.
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)
For Student (ages 14-17) and Teacher teams: Teams solve technical problems by designing, building, and testing prototypes in a simulated microgravity environment. Educators receive professional development online and onsite.
Microgravity Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT)
For Undergraduate students: Student teams design, build, and test a tool or device addressing an authentic, current space exploration challenge
For college student teams: A mission-driven challenge to design and create spacesuit informatics using the augmented reality (AR) platform Microsoft HoloLens.
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.
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)
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)
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
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.