K-20 Educational Outreach

K-20 Educational Outreach and Programs

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NIA’s team of STEM education specialists, Educators-in-Residence, media specialists, and program managers deliver signature national and regional programs to advance STEM literacy and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Award-winning outreach covers the continuum of education through programs that capture early fascination with science, technology, engineering, and math; feed that interest through the formative years; and share exciting discovery and innovation to public audiences across the nation.

  • Teacher training through pre-service and in-service teacher professional development
  • K-12 student engagement through formal and informal integrative STEM learning programs
  • Higher education and university student engagement through internships and rigorous engineering challenges
  • STEM literacy and awareness through national radio, web-based, and television programming

CISELogo_color_300DPI NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education focuses on the unique needs of the K-12 formal and informal STEM learning community.

Educators-in-Residence Program
NIA offers leading-edge, K-12 STEM education programs for pre-service and in-service teachers. These efforts are developed and led by NIA’s award winning Educators-in-Residence (EIR), using a research based approach to STEM pedagogy. EIRs from local school districts connect with NIA and NASA to provide hands-on, relevant STEM learning experiences to their school divisions.

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Shelley Spears, Director of Educational Outreach and Programs, is responsible for these programs. For additional details, please contact Shelley at Shelley.spears@nianet.org and (757)325-6732.