We are committed to the advancement of scientific research and development, and the expansion of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce pipeline. Recognizing the continuous need for unique K-12 focused STEM programming, USRA supports a broad range of STEM activities and events that take place in and around our institutes and programs. In addition, USRA established the STEMaction Center which is solely dedicated to providing experiential STEM learning opportunities for underrepresented students throughout the United States.


USRA STEMaction Center is working to strengthen the workforce of the future and ensure young people's talents, especially from low-income, rural, and minority families, are developed.

We achieve this goal by offering engaging and enriching opportunities that bolster interest and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through space learnings.  

Our unique portfolio excites and teaches students, educators and the community through immersive offerings that inspire and provide the right skills needed to employ the next generation. 

Our programs are made possible through the generous financial contributions and sponsorship opportunities from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Their support ensures that all students have access to our educational opportunities.

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Encouraging students to get involved in science at a young age is a priority for USRA and its employees. As testament to that, each year USRA manages and sponsors a host of student competitions that span the breadth of scientific disciplines.


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Traveling exhibits, bringing current science and exploration to rural and underserved communities, are making the rounds at libraries, science centers, and planetariums across the nation. The exhibits support public events at these venues, including reading programs, night-sky viewing, and children's programs.


USRA champions the support of educators as the foundation for building successful scientists and ensuring the future of research and development in the United States. Each year USRA programs prepare hundreds of teachers to engage and educate their students in science and engineering disciplines.


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As part of its commitment to engage, excite, and educate the academic community and the public at large about space science discoveries, USRA catalogues and disseminates scientific work in peer-reviewed journals and other publications, hosts national and international conferences and workshops at USRA-managed meeting and conference facilities located at or near customer centers, and provides logistics and travel support for USRA researchers.