Education Programs

FREE NASA OPPORTUNITIES FOR VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides the following FREE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for Virginia high school students in grades 10 through 12.

10TH GRADE

Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) – Online course for 10th grade students focusing on missions flown or managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with a week-long summer academy program at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/

11TH AND 12TH GRADE

Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) – Online course for 11th and 12th grade students focusing on NASA’s human spaceflight missions and the Journey to the Moon and on to Mars with a week-long summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center. Students can earn up to four free dual enrollment college credits.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/

11TH AND 12TH GRADE

Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) – This interactive online earth system science course for 11th and 12th grade students features NASA scientific research and data. Students can earn up to five dual enrollment college credits and can also be selected to attend a summer academy program at NASA Langley Research Center.  http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS

Our online course applications are OPEN UNTIL NOVEMBER 10th for 10th – 12th grade students to apply. Each program also hires a cohort of Master Teachers to grade student work. Please refer to each program’s website for details on becoming a paid Master Teacher!


The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar

The United States Naval Academy Summer Seminar is the first step in navigating your future to becoming one of our nation’s next generation of leaders.

If you are currently in your junior year of high school and considering the Naval Academy as your college of choice, we strongly recommend you consider applying to Summer Seminar. Summer Seminar will introduce you to life at the Academy, where you will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training at the #1 public college in the U.S.* (Top 25 Public College in the U.S. 2017, Forbes). Your Summer Seminar application will also serve as a preliminary application to the Academy that you will complete before or during your senior year

For more information please visit: https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/NASS.php#fndtn-panel1-Steps-For


FREE, statewide STEM program for your current 9th-grade students

The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) targets students with at least a C+ average and an interest in STEM coursework or those who have not yet discovered the excitement of STEM. Students will have an opportunity to engage in innovative, hands-on activities while residing on a university campus.

The BLAST program is a partnership between Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students will have an opportunity to apply to one of three sessions. Session dates and times will be available on November 15, 2019, when the application opens.

For program information and application at http://vsgc.odu.edu/blast/.

The application opens November 15, 2019 and closes February 10, 2020.

Revised 10/17/2019