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 three-day 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 while introducing them to the missions performed and managed by NASA Wallops Flight Facility.


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 through the use of Case Studies about real mission challenges faced by NASA Wallops managed missions.


The workshop will take place at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Hosts from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will lead the workshop. Upon completion of a post workshop survey and submission of their deliverables, participants will receive a 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:

May 16-18, 2023

Application Link:


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


Ian Cawthray, Program Coordinator

Virginia Space Grant Consortium