Program Status: Closed
Program type(s): Educator Professional Development, K-12 Education,


NC Space Grant is launching the NC Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program to help meet two equal, nationwide needs: (1) to prepare pre-college students for STEM careers, and (2) to equip teacher leaders to inspire students. The goal of the NCSEA program is to build a statewide network of master teachers who deliver NASA educational content to their local students, schools and communities.

Each year, up to 10 in-service classroom educators with a minimum of three years of service (from elementary, middle and high school levels) will be selected from eight education districts across the state. NCSEA Ambassadorships will be competitively awarded, with NCSG reviewing all applications using a rubric to evaluate resumes, letters of support/recommendation from school administrators, and essays regarding STEM knowledge and passion, especially in engaging underrepresented groups in activities. Each cohort will commit to a one-year period of performance, which will commence in the summer of 2020 and continue throughout the school’s following academic year ending in the spring of 2021.

NC Space Grant would like to thank the Center for STEM Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for their support of the NC Space Education Ambassador program.


NC Space Grant will partner with NASA Education Specialists from NASA Langley Research Center and other NASA field centers to provide each NCSEA cohort with intensive professional development in current NASA Next Gen STEM education themes including: Small Steps to Giant Leaps, Commercial Crew Program and Moon to Mars. After their initial training, NCSEA will work as a cohort over the next academic year to: (1) align existing materials with the NC Standard Course of Study, (2) develop lesson plans and activities to supplement the Next Gen STEM themes, and (3) disseminate information via two outreach events or workshops to other educators in their schools, districts or state.

Expectations of NC Space Education Ambassadors

Award Level

NC Space Education Ambassadors will receive a $1,200 stipend upon successful completion of all required activities. NC Space Grant will cover all expenses (travel, lodging, per diem and substitute teacher pay) for the professional development at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

How to Apply

This program is now closed for applications. Check back in Summer 2021 for a chance to apply for the 2021-22 academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Required Activities


Jobi Cook, Associate Director, 919-515-5933,