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The U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program is partnering with NASA to bring engaging and authentic hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Design Challenges to elementary school (grades 3-5) and middle school students (grades 6-8).

Students from 21st CCLC sites participating in the Engineering Design Challenges (EDCs) will develop solutions to challenges similar to real-world problems that NASA scientists and engineers face. All students will have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers to discuss their EDC solution and learn about educational pathways involving STEM as well as exciting STEM careers! The 21st CCLC staff who participate will have opportunities for training and access to technical assistance in relevant STEM topics.

More information on the 2019-20 projects will be coming soon! Check out the Archives tab to review projects from previous years.

This interagency initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

State Application Information

If you are a State Coordinator, please sign in using your official email address to fill out the NASA State Application. The application is due on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.