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Aerospace Education Services Program

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Aerospace Education Services Program


Federal Agency




National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, Section 203(a) (3), as amended, Public Law 85-568, 42 U.S.C. 2473.






NASA's Aerospace Education Services Program (AESP) is a specialized group of educators using NASA's unique assets to support local, state, regional and national mathematics, science, and technology education systemic change efforts through collaboration of internal and external stakeholders in high-impact activities. This well-trained, well-informed and well-equipped workforce uses the NASA Mission and Vision to support increased instruction in mathematics, science, and technology content, enhance pedagogical skills, and address equity issues.


Types of Assistance

Dissemination of Technical Information.


Uses and Use Restrictions

AESP provides in-service and preservice workshops for K-12 teachers to initiate dramatic and enduring education systemic change that directly impacts teaching and learning science, mathematics, and technology in existing classrooms. AESP Specialists support and complement teacher training by visiting in individual classrooms to model and assist teachers in implementing the strategies demonstrated in teacher workshops. Programs cannot be used where there are commercial overtones, for promotional purposes, or where admission is charged.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Schools, teacher training institutions, colleges, universities, civic groups, museums and planetaria.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Schools, teacher training institutions, colleges, universities, civic groups, museums and planetaria.




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not necessary, but may be helpful to contact Educational Programs office at any NASA Field Center or headquarters or the science supervisor of the respective State department of education. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Letter request to NASA Field Centers listed below.

Award Procedure

Not applicable.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 3 or 4 weeks.


Not applicable.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.


Post Assistance Requirements


Participants are requested to provide feedback about the program and its results through the NASA Education Evaluation and Information System (NEEIS) or by written evaluations.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries and Expenses) FY 07 est $6,340,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.


Program Accomplishments

During Fiscal Year 2005, NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP) visited 1,609 schools in all 50 states and two U.S. territories. Aerospace education specialists taught 1,258 workshops for a total of 18,747 educators and presented 4,913 assembly programs and classroom visits for a total of 244,371 students. In addition, programs for the informal and local communities emphasizing parents (or caregivers) totalled 112 programs with an audience of 296,696.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

"NASA Aerospace Education Services Program," free of charge.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact education officer at nearest NASA Field Center: Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035; Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA 93523; Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771; John F. Kennedy Space Center, Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899; Langley Research Center, Langley Station, Hampton, VA 23365; Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, Cleveland, OH 44135; Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, 77058; Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL 35812; Stennis Space Center, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529.

Headquarters Office

Office of Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546. Telephone: (202) 358-1110. Initial contact should be at NASA Field Center.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

20.100, Aviation Education
43.002, Technology Transfer


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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