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


The NC Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program helps 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 professional development, which will commence in the fall of 2021 and continue throughout the school’s academic year, ending in the spring of 2022.

Upon completion of the professional development, NC Space Education Ambassadors will join a cohort of trained educators across the state to deliver NASA education to their communities for years to come!

NC Space Grant would like to thank A-B Emblem for their continued 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 (also known as Aeronaut-X), 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 opportunity is now closed to new applications and will reopen in Spring/Summer 2022.

Eligibility Requirements

Required Activities


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