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Steve Culivan

AESP Specialist
Stennis Space Center


Posed studio photograph of Steve Culivan

Steve Culivan has been a member of the Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) since 1988. Prior to his current assignment, beginning in 2006, with the AESP at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Steve worked for two years with the AESP at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He then worked for sixteen years at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Prior to the AESP, he taught eighth grade Earth and Space Science for six years in his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. During this time, he also taught life science, English, art, drug awareness programs and coached football, basketball, baseball, softball and track.

Mr. Culivan attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science and English Education. He later received a Masters of Science degree in Aviation and Space Education from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

In his tenure with the AESP, Mr. Culivan has educated thousands of students and educators about NASA exploration, missions, careers, and other STEM resources across the United States and with the Department of Defense schools in Germany. He accomplished this with school visits, educator professional development workshops, professional STEM education conference presentations, State Department of Education partnerships, curriculum development, online sessions and other education delivery methods.


As part of the AESP, Mr. Culivan developed education investigations that he performed on the NASA Reduced Gravity Research Aircraft. He has developed and been “Principal Investigator” for three education investigations performed by the astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS). He was the principal developer and writer of the NASA curriculum, Mass vs. Weight. He was also a member of the development and writing team for other NASA curriculum including the Aeronautics educator guide, Mission Geography, Spaced Out Sports, and Food for Thought.

Mr. Culivan currently resides in Baton Rouge, LA with his wife (a primary grade teacher), his son (high school) and daughter (college).