As one of 52 members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, our mission is to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research and outreach programs.




Drexel University Students Build Multi-Use Drop Vehicles

Dr. Ajmal Yousuff and three students work to prove the practicality of a drone navigating to a particular destination and then dropping its payload at the targeted spot.

Temple University Solar Eclipse Team Update

Dr. John Helferty and his College of Engineering students are participating in the solar eclipse balloon launch. Watch the teams successful test launch on April 11, 2017. They flew to 96,000 feet and had manual control of the camera!

Carnegie Mellon Students Create Inflatable Martian Greenhouse

Carnegie Mellon University has developed two new interdisciplinary courses to allow students the chance to design and build a prototype biome in which to grow plants on Mars.

NASTAR Center Student Payload Testing Available

The NASTAR Center has developed procedures that allow cubesat-size (4″x4″x4″) self-contained experiments to be flown in its centrifuge on the same profile used for commercial suborbital spaceflight training.

Temple University Summer 2016 Robotics Course for High School Students


“John Helferty is truly a blessing to the children of Philadelphia. This program is awesome! His personality and efforts to get youth involved in college and thinking about careers is amazing. This experience has been invaluable and will help our son as he begins to focus on his future college career.” ~Happy parent of son who participated in program