STEM Takes Flight Professional Development, Wallops Island

Professional Development Workshop for Virginia’s Community College STEM Faculty At NASA Wallops Flight Facility

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in conjunction with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for Community College STEM Faculty.


This two and a half day residential workshop focuses on the integration of STEM in the NASA workplace with the purpose of assisting faculty in educating students on the importance of teamwork, technical skills and problem solving.


Briefings and tours will highlight the suborbital and orbital missions and launches conducted at NASA Wallops and around the world. The importance of the collaborative work of engineers, scientists, technicians, safety and range control personnel will be demonstrated. Participants will also experience a hands-on case study on team work, trouble shooting and real-time decision making.


The workshop will take place at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore where participants will be provided lodging, meals, and workshop materials. Upon completion of a post workshop survey and submission of their deliverables, participants will receive a $800 stipend.


Goals Include:

● Sharing NASA missions with the Community College Network
● Building relationships among NASA Wallops, VSGC, and Virginia’s Community Colleges
● Modeling the importance of communication and teamwork in the workplace
● Helping STEM faculty see how the skills they teach are actively applied in the workplace

Program Goals:

● Foster enhanced community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution.

● Strengthen VSGC’s relationships with and build NASA linkages with/for Virginia’s community colleges.


Supporting objectives are to: nurture diversity; to pipeline STEM students to their next academic and workplace steps; and to foster STEM career awareness and workplace skills.


Ian Cawthray, Education Programs Coordinator,

STEM Takes Professional Development Workshop

Program Dates:

The application is currently closed while we work on rescheduling this event. If you have already applied, your data is saved and we will reach out to you with any potential new dates.
If you have not yet applied, please check back soon for more information as it becomes available.


Must be a U.S. citizen

Must teach a STEM-related field in the Virginia Community College System


Educators develop lesson plans in their subject area based on the technologies, concepts, and skills learned in the workshop


Download examples of previously submitted lesson plans here

Flyer for Distribution:

Download our flyer at this link. If you would like printed copies mailed to you or your school, please reach out to the program coordinator.


Ian Cawthray, Program Coordinator

Virginia Space Grant Consortium