In this Work-in-Progress (WIP) paper, an aerospace-themed STEM outreach program for all levels of education in rural North Carolina is discussed. This comprehensive outreach project is a partnership between NASA, Elizabeth City State University, school districts, state agencies, private foundation, and other STEM enrichment programs. The goal of this K-12 outreach project is to improve STEM literacy by engaging students, family members and teachers. The K- 12 outreach program adopted NASA STEM curriculum at its core and integrated 3D printing technology, robotics programming, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) design to enhance authentic and experiential learning experiences. In its first year of implementation, a total of 646 students received 36-40hours of hands-on STEM experience. Other activities included teacher professional development and STEM engagement/skills for family members of the participants.
Elizabeth City State University