Aerospace is committed to inspiring the next generation. Since 2013, we have supported K-12 education by hosting educational programs for teachers and high school students. Free of charge, these events expose participants to the research, state-of-the art facilities, and 21st century skills needed to succeed in the STEM fields and provide real-world examples of problems and solutions.
COVID-19 RESPONSE: The safety of our program participants, staff, and their families is our highest priority. All Aerospace STEM programs are virtual until further notice.
Upcoming Summer Programs
Teacher Virtual Summer Learning Series
The Aerospace Corporation is honored to host science teachers nationwide! Our annual Teacher Virtual Summer Series consists of topics and activities related to the use of space in our daily lives, space technology, and innovative approaches to solving engineering problems. Lessons and activities presented at each session are adaptable to the virtual and in-person classroom environments. Each session is facilitated by a credentialed educator and assisted by field experts in aerospace disciplines. A one-time registration will give you access to all sessions, which will be run on Zoom (link provided upon registration).
Registration will close on Friday, June 18, 2021. Reserve your spot today!
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 9:00 a.m. –11:00 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time)
Aerospace Academy is a free summer academic experience, held July 12-July 22, 2021. Participants will complete activities and solve educational prompts that relate to real-world technical problems. During the Academy, participants will be provided a mentor as well as opportunities to meet with STEM professionals and observe the groups working to achieve mission success. To apply for Aerospace Academy, the applicant must be a rising high-school senior and meet other criteria outlined in the application.
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Applications are due no later than Friday, June 4, 2021.
Aerospace High School STEM Institute
Attention, high school students! Are you interested in pursuing a STEM career after high school? Our Virtual High School STEM Institute registration is now open. The free program will run from July 26-29, 2021 over Zoom. Join us to learn about different careers in aerospace, collaborate with experts and apply problem-solving skills.
DEADLINE EXTENDED! Application deadline is June 4, 2021. Be the future of space!
Zero Robotics Summer Competition
Zero Robotics is a computer programing competition for middle school students. Learn to code satellites and compete against other teams virtually this summer from July 12-30, 2021. All you need to participate is a team, a computer with internet access, and a desire to learn more about STEM! Participants that complete this year’s summer program will be guaranteed a slot in summer 2022, where student developed code will run on the International Space Station!
Completed registrations must be received no later than June 14, 2021.
Herndon Science Competition, May 27, 2021
Aerospace’s annual Robert H. Herndon Memorial Science Competition honors the legacy of aerospace pioneer Robert Herndon with competition events designed to stimulate engineering and STEM interest among underprivileged and minority students while increasing diversity in the aerospace industry. Applications for the 2021 competition are now closed.
Connect with our STEM Team
Audience with Aerospace: Rockets and Launch
Join us with your classroom for a discussion on Rockets and Launch on Tuesday, March 30 at 12:00 p.m. PT. This presentation will last 30 minutes and will feature an overview of rockets and launch with a live question and answer session with an aerospace expert.
Audience: Middle and high school classes
Teacher Professional Learning Series: NEO App Workshop
March 24, 2021 from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. PT
The Asteroid Deflection App, created by Aerospace in partnership with NASA/JPL, is a science-based tool that aims at using physics and orbital mechanics to model an approaching asteroid that can be deflected using multiple parameters. The app can host diverse teams that can engage in different scenarios and friendly competition to save Earth from an impending impact. As teams of students work together, they communicate and simulate possible solutions. Try this app with your high school class and give your students the opportunity to save the world! Free resources provided at the conclusion of the program.
Audience: High school teachers