Recognizing that education and outreach opportunities exist not only in but beyond the classroom, USRA supports a broad range of activities targeted at a wide, diverse audience, both inside and outside of the STEM pool.
USRA STEMaction CENTER
USRA STEMaction Center works to inspire, engage, and develop the next-generation science and technology workforce through K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. The 18,000 square foot facility operates as an innovation hub for STEM programing in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor as a host location for a number of workshops along with practice faciclities for the FIRST family of programs. Click here for more.
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.
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.
SERVING THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY
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.