K-12 STEM outreach programs are hosted by many GSGC Members throughout the year. For general information about the programs offered, click the hosting member’s name below. If you would like additional information, or are interested in participating in one or more of these programs, please contact the Affiliate Director at the hosting institution (found on the Affiliate’s page).
View the Current Opportunities page for a listing of current STEM opportunities of GSGC Members and other STEM entities. View the Calendar page for a listing of STEM events, workshops and conferences offered by NASA and GSGC Members.
Metro Atlanta Region STEM Programs:Agnes Scott College - Open to K-12
Supporting K-12 Astronomy Outreach at Bradley Observatory and Delafield Planetarium
Bradley Observatory has had an active K-12 outreach program for over two decades. The Observatory has school group visits to the Observatory, and nighttime visits to local schools. This outreach program is largely voluntary, but work-study students or student volunteers can also help.
SMART Academy Center of Excellence: BEST Academy Engineering Capstone Project
High School student cohorts deliver community based engineering solutions in Westside Atlanta neighborhoods.
SMART Academy Center of Excellence: Project Success Environmental Education Initiative
Saturday morning program allowing High School students to explore multi-faceted programming related to the environment including sustainable community development, clean energy and energy efficiency, air and water pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation, public health, waste management, and more. Students participate in six 2-hour Saturday morning sessions.
SMART Academy Center of Excellence: Advance Atmospheric Research and Monitoring Station
Visits to several Elementary, Middle, and High Schools allowing students to explore earth science related topics and interest through established educational delivery venues such as GLOBE, SciStater, NASA and NOAA.
The ASDL Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Program is an educational outreach program designed to provide hands-on engineering internships to Atlanta-area high school students. Similar to the language immersion programs done for the language arts, STEP is an immersion program for engineering. Students work in teams and are paired with a GT Faculty mentors. Each student team is then given a challenge problem that contributes in a meaningful way to an active research effort on campus. The students work through the summer with their mentor to solve their challenge problem, and present the results to parents, teachers, faculty, and industry representatives at a poster session at the end of the semester.
Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program
The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is an innovative and inspiring program for middle school students that is truly out of this world! The five-week STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants will get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary. Zero Robotics seeks to inspire our next generation of great minds by allowing them unprecedented access to space at the middle school level. By making the benefits and resources of the International Space Station tangible to students, Zero Robotics hopes to cultivate an appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math through healthy, immersive, collaborative competition.
KSU NASA Pre-college STEM Enrichment
The goal of this program is to help pre-college students improve their performance in STEM subjects. The objectives are to have the students readily recognize STEM related principles, employ the steps of the scientific method, and relate STEM topics to their daily lives. The program consists of ten weeks of activities for 30 high school students who will be invited to participate in an enrichment program that focuses on STEM subjects. The program will meet once each week over a course of four, 5-week sessions. During the program, the KSU college students will work with college faculty to deliver hands-on lessons to pre-college students.
Nuclear, Materials, and Space Sciences (NuMaSS) Summer Enrichment Program
The Nuclear, Materials, and Space Science (NuMaSS) Enrichment Program of the Department of Physics & Dual Degree Engineering Program at Morehouse College sets out to address the increasing need for the creation of a next generation STEM workforce. This science program caters to middle and high school students who desire an opportunity to engage in college courses and college laboratories, thus strengthening and reinforcing their fundamental science and mathematics skills. During the 4-week, commuter experience, approximately 30 rising 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders are exposed to curriculum focused in the 3 areas of Nuclear, Materials, and Space Sciences.
Marsbound 2.0! Continuing Mission to the Red Planet
A professional learning community of STEM educators, undergraduate and post-graduate students at Pink Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (PinkSTEM) will be organized to promote a series of workshops with active-learning. Our goal is to Promote the 21st century skills of teamwork, communication and collaboration, as well as economic literacy, through engaging, hands-on challenges that merge invention and entrepreneurship. Four teachers from computer science, computer aid-devices and engineering will explore approaches for including active-learning and integrity literacy and technology in STEM workshops. To support this inquiry into active learning in STEM fields, two Georgia Institute of Technology doctoral candidates have agreed to a teaching circle for current classroom educators to take to their classroom setting and share with the community. The workshops will engage 30 students and their parents from the community of College Park, Georgia who were invited to the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville Florida for a Journey to Mars Exploration class and exhibit. By bringing elementary, middle and high school students to the Kennedy Space Center, we hope to inspire future aviators.
Aviation, Aerospace, Aspire Convention (A3) Convention
Pink STEM, Inc ™ ., an organization dedicated to building awareness and attracting girls to aviation and other STEM Careers. We will be hosting our first annual A3 Convention “Aviate. Aerospace. Aspire” on Earth Day Saturday and Sunday, Apri1 21st and 22nd, 2018 at the NASA Space Kennedy Center in Florida. The day of activities will introduce girls to the possibilities of aviation as a career or avocation. The impact of this convention will build awareness through educational and social activities at no cost to students who are eligible scholarship recipients. Thus alleviating stress of students unable to attend due to financial strife, helping our girls and their families. We expect 300+ guests at the A3 Convention where a slide show will be on a running loop as an additional way to recognize and thank our sponsors. Additionally Pink S.T.E.M. Inc ™ . will recognize all the sponsors through various media campaigns which include our website – www.pinkstem.org, Facebook, Twitter and our monthly newsletter. Girls from surrounding schools between the ages of 5 and 18, we have a fun-filled, action-packed day planned to introduce her to aviation or expand her growing interest. The girls will be in the presence of amazing role models ranging from airline pilots to aircraft mechanics to aviation industry executives. They’ll learn how to read a sectional chart, go on a scavenger hunt, learn the phonetic alphabet, fly a flight simulator, build an airport, learn to use tools by making wire bracelets, and lots more hands-on activities. Teachers will be able to Network and attend STEM Workshops to increase STEM Classroom Fluency. The purpose of this Convention is helpencourage the next generation of women in aviation by participating in our A3 Convention: Aviate. Aerospace. Aspire Day.
Middle Georgia STEM Programs:Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy (4CAcademy) - Open to Middle and High School Students
Southwest Georgia Regional Model Bridge Building Competition
Commodore Conyers College & Career Academy in Albany conducts activities annually to foster an environment of understanding and enthusiasm toward engineering profession among high school and middle school students and their parents in southwest Georgia. An annual balsa wood model bridge building competition has been held since 2003 during National Engineers Week. Student teams build the model bridges to very stringent specifications prior to the contest which are tested by professional engineers from the local industry. The bridges are scored by the ratio of breaking load to the empty weight and top three teams are recognized with prizes.
Cooperative Development Energy Program (CDEP)’s Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Academy (M-SEA)
The objective of the Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Academy (M-SEA) program is to provide a continuous pipeline for minority and female students from 9th grade through the PhD majoring in STEM disciplines. The students selected to participate in M-SEA are academically-talented and considered the cream of the crop in their respective schools. These students are recruited throughout the nation and are academically prepared to take on the challenging classroom and laboratory sessions taught by the faculty. M-SEA is a learning experience that goes beyond what the students are normally taught at their middle schools and high schools. The professors expose the students to advance mathematical concepts, hands-on laboratory experiments, and mentoring activities. Also, M-SEA inspires the students to pursue careers in STEM disciplines by the excellent field trips. M-SEA consists of four different academies made up of four academic classifications, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Students who remain in the CDEP pipeline until their senior year in high school increase their chances of receiving full scholarships for college in one of CDEP’s 3+2 dual degree programs: mathematics/engineering, mathematics/geology, mathematics/geophysics, chemistry/geology, biology/health physics, chemistry/health physics, and mathematics/health physics.
Robotics Workshop for Middle Georgia First Robotics Teams
The Robotics workshops for students and coordinators cover all aspects of the FIRST Robotics Competition. Students learn sensor characteristics and sensor fusion and their relationship to actuators in the context of autonomous programming, students gain ideas and strategies on how they could solve or improve on previous year’s designs.
Museum of Aviation Foundation STEM Summer Camps
The Museum of Aviation Foundation Education Center’s National STEM Academy aims to educate, engage and inspire students and teachers in the foundations and innovations of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through motivating workforce development programs. It offers exceptional learning experiences to challenge students to apply theoretical knowledge of science and math in a problem-solving context.
Eastern Georgia STEM Programs:Armstrong State University - Open to K-12 Students
Each One Teach One
EOTO pairs elementary school students in Savannah Chatham County with mentors who are undergraduate engineering students from Armstrong State University. The program involves weekly visits in which elementary school students are tutored in deficit areas and simultaneously introduced to engineering concepts via hands on projects. The program typically employs six to eight undergraduate students as mentors.
Future Leaders in Engineering and Technology
This program is for high school students interested in engineering careers (particularly NASA related). It allows students to tap into their own ingenuity, creativity and mechanical aptitude through competitive engineering design. All local high schools in Chatham county and surrounding areas are contacted to provide an engineering design team (4-6 students). Each team will develop a concept and prototype eligible for competition promoted by Armstrong State University’s Engineering Program. Selected engineering college students will assist teachers who have volunteered to coach individual teams.