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STEM K-12 Outreach

The goal is to motivate students to study math, science and engineering, especially with activities relating to aerospace and aeronautics. Contact Magaly Gonzalez Sipperley at for more information or to help.

Recent Updates

We're Rebuilding

This STEM K-12 of the website is being rebuilt. There a lot of items to post -- appreciation from the Girl Scounts, essays from the 2012 contest, et cetera. We just haven't had enough web-saavy hands to keep up with it.

To see some samples of activities from recent years, try this: May 2011, July 2010.

Programs and Activities

Essay Contest

2013 Local and National Contest Now Open

Entries due March 8, 2013

essay contest flyer front page

The 2013 essay contest for seventh and eighth graders is now under way. The local contest is sponsored by the AIAA San Francisco Section. The winning entries will be submitted to the national contest, sponsored by the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee. The topic for this year:

How can humans and robots work together to explore Mars?

We encourage schools, teachers, and/or parents to motivate your kids to participate in this great opportunity.

Essays should be 1000 words or less. They will be judged on: originality of ideas presented, soundness of logic used to develop ideas, realism of ideas presented, and quality of composition and clarity of expression.

The national essay award winners will receive $100 and a certificate and student membership in AIAA. The sponsoring teacher will receive $250 for class field trips or STEM-related education equipment.

Entries are due by March 8, 2013. More details can be found in the essay contest flyer (PDF, 2 pages).

Get Involved!

The STEM K-12 crew frequently tracks volunteer activities aimed at encouraging and building future scientists and engineers. We are rebuilding the list. Here are examples from our previous list of opportunities.