The Aerospace Back to School Grant

Four winners have been selected to receive funding for their submitted STEM lesson plans.
STEM class with children


The Aerospace Corporation is committed to sharing our passion for the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to inspire the next generation—shaping and securing the future of our nation. Aerospace is celebrating back to school by rewarding teachers who create lesson plans that inspire students to learn more about space STEM. Together with our STEM community partner and sponsor, the Aerospace Federal Credit Union, we are awarding teachers small classroom grants for up to $500 each for their lesson plans.

All applications must be submitted via email to by close of business, 5 p.m. PT, on September 27, 2022. The application must include the completed PDF application, lesson plan, and list of materials.
Application Here

Check out last year’s awarded lesson plans below.

SpaceX GPSIII launch

Rocket Activity Project by Joanne Ramirez

Teams of students will form rocket companies and compete in a commercial endeavor to construct rockets capable of launching payloads, astronaut crews, and even space tourists to Earth orbit. Through a strong interdisciplinary approach, balancing science with technology, engineering, and mathematics, they will develop a budget, purchase construction materials, and track expenditures while designing and constructing their rocket. They will then have to test the rocket for stability and fill out specification sheets. Finally, the teams will launch their rockets and conduct a cost/benefit (altitude vs. cost) ratio.
International Space Station

Growing Seeds on the Moon and the ISS by Caroline Little

Students construct an experiment to test how different soil combinations affect plant growth and compare plant growth in a 1-G environment with plant growth on the International Space Station.

Constructing a Lunar Roadway by Terrasa Rafferty

Students will research the oldest bridges in the United States to understand their materials and architectural structures. They must must plan, develop, and construct the first lunar roadway from Lunar Settlement #1 to Lunar settlement #2.
Perseverance Rover on Mars

Rover Design Challenge by Joanna Harbaugh

Students will use the engineering and design process to create a rover to explore the surface of Mars. Students will work in small groups of 3 to 4 students to design a model rover. They will test their rovers on a ramp and measure the distance the rover rolls.

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Spheres on the ISS