AESP is NASA's longest-running K-12 education project.
The Aerospace Education Services Project, or AESP, is a comprehensive project designed to reach out to the formal and informal education communities in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.
The AESP staff consists of specialists who are professional educators assigned to every NASA center.
The AESP specialists share NASA's use of emerging instructional technologies and the motivating outcomes of NASA's research, exploration and discovery with education communities and the public.
The primary focus of AESP is a professional development effort that serves the K-12 education community by providing in-service training for educators, classroom lesson modeling, distance learning events, pre-service training for university students and identification of appropriate NASA education resources. The project works in collaboration with the entirety of NASA Education to bring NASA resources into the hands of teachers. Education Specialists are available to help educators or administrators find materials or plan programs in their area. AESP now provides more opportunities free of charge to explore and discuss NASA's education materials:
- Professional learning community for STEM educators
- A platform for collaborating with other educators and NASA professionals
- Calendar of NASA events and opportunities
- Interest groups to share and discuss education resources
- Search the community database to find people with similar interests
- Find and share education resources with STEM content
- Searchable by grade level, content area, media type, and user tags
- NEON users can comment on activities and submit non-copyrighted lesson plans and resources
- Presented by NASA AESP Education Specialists
- Online sessions focus on NASA STEM content and education resources
- Free with no advance registration or software download required
- Site for individualized, self-directed educator professional development
- Online PD opportunities are added by the user to their “itinerary”
- Educators work through activities at their own pace
- Digital badges are awarded after review and feedback
- Online records of work can be printed into reports or certificates