STARward STEM Overview
STARward STEM is a three-year program designed to ignite student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through transdisciplinary project-based learning in the classroom, and STEM enrichment activities with industry experts beyond the classroom. The goal is to create “STAR moments” for students that will be “Something They’ll Always Remember!” as a way to inspire America’s future STEM leaders with opportunities to lead discovery and technological innovation efforts. Each year, the program will culminate with a student design challenge that will send winning projects to the International Space Station for experimentation. STARward STEM is funded by a National Defense Education Program (NDEP) grant provided by the U.S. Department of Defense STEM. The program focuses on Space as one of DoD’s modernization priorities and aims to combine the wonder of cutting-edge scientific discovery with real-world applications that ignite students’ creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.