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  • SpacEdge Education Overview

    Course Manager: Zoha Imam, July 2022

    SpacEdge Education is a program of the National Space Society (NSS) dedicated to igniting and nurturing an interest in space exploration and development through free online courses, lessons, projects, and activities. The Academy contains over 90 lessons and activities available for K-12th grade students that can be utilized by teachers or students directly on the website.  

    SpacEdge's mission is to make space-related educational content available to anyone and everyone, regardless of geographic location, to engage and invigorate teachers and students around Space Exploration, Development, Settlement and Defense. 

    SpacEdge has three main goals:

    1. Create & Foster a Global Education Sharing Network and Community
    2. Provide Mentorship Opportunities
    3. Foster Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine & Liberal Arts, and Math ( STEAM) Education and Business Education

    SpacEdge is comprised of three main educational programs: 

    Throughout the following sections, we'll explore each of these programs, the other elements of the SpacEdge Education, how SpacEdge is involved with NSS, and examples of volunteering opportunities. 

  • The SpacEdge Academy

    The Academy is a collection of lessons developed and organized by grade level on the below four topics. Educational material within these topics varies based on grade level.  

    Complete the steps below to familiarize yourself with this component of SpacEdge. 

    1. Locate the "ACADEMY BY GRADE LEVEL" on the blue navigation bar at the top of the page.
    2. Select "Grades 3 - 5" and peruse the Solar Eclipse class within the Exploring Space & Planetary Defense Category. 
    3. Next, go to "Grades 9 - 12", locate and review the "How to Design a Microgravity Experiment"
    4. Lastly, review the "Cross Grade Level" page to see classes that bridge grade/age levels 

  • Centers for Educational Excellence

    SpacEdge Centers for Educational Excellence
     (SECEE) was developed to provide opportunities for upper highschool and university level students to partner with space industry corporations on conducting cutting edge research and developing solutions for real life challenges in space. 

    The SECEE consists of the following planned components:

    Description of Components
    • Cutting Edge Projects - Individual projects sponsored by universities or corporations that provide students the opportunity to engage with cutting edge technologies and innovative problem solving
    • Online Journal - Journal for students to submit their findings based on the SECEE program they're apart of
    • the IDEA (planned) - Forum for students and teachers to share general knowledge 
    • Q&A Forum - Forum for students to ask questions about specific topics for mentors to respond to
    • Cybrary - Library of relevant documents, information, and resources related to a specific topic 

  • Other Components of SpacEdge Academy

    In addition to the Academy and the Centers for Educational Excellence, SpacEdge provides the opportunity to participate in numerous Contests & Challenges and other activities. 

    Additional SpacEdge Education programs include the following:

    Descriptions of Contests, Challenges, and Other Components:
    • Space Policy and Universalization (spUN) Student Debates: Debate program that brings students from all around the world to debate topics around how humanity will live and work in space 
    • Embedded Teacher Program: The Embedded Teacher Program is a partnership between the WSGC and the ZERO-Gravity Corporation to provide opportunities for middle and high-school teachers to develop and fly small experiments and demonstrations on a parabolic flight. Parabolic flights provide periods of sustained microgravity for testing spaceflight technologies, training astronauts, and performing experiments. 
    • Blue Origins PostCards to Space: Send a postcard to space and back through the New Shepard Rocket 
    • Space Ambassadors: Members of the National Space Society who volunteer to perform outreach (typically speeches), that educate and inspire the general public about the possibilities and value of human space exploration and space settlement. 
    • SpacEdge YouTube - YouTube Channel with previous spUn debates 


  • Volunteer Opportunities

    SpacEdge Academy is in constant need of passionate volunteers to continue enhancing, improving, and uplifting SpacEdge Academy to the next level. 

    Type of volunteer activities include but are not limited to:

    • Graphic Design 
    • Content Editing and Development 
    • Program Uplift 
    • Brand Awareness 
    • Website Maintenance
    • Record Keeping 

    If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, please contact Frances Dellutri at 

  • SpacEdge and the National Space Society

    The National Space Society (NSS) is an independent, nonpartisan, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization. NSS is the preeminent citizen’s voice on space exploration, development, and settlement. 

    • NSS Vision: “People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity.”
    • NSS Mission: “To promote social, economic, technological, and political change in order to expand civilization beyond Earth, to settle space and to use the resulting resources to build a hopeful and prosperous future for humanity.”

    SpacEdge Education is the educational arm of NSS. The academic content developed for SpacEdge aligns to NSS's goals to drive space exploration and planetary defense, development, and settlement. NSS Space Ambassadors are often resourced to provide expertise for academic courses as well as competitions such as the spUN Debate Program. The Space Settlement Contest and the Health Contest frequently leverages NSS leadership for application reviews. SpacEdge utilizes the visibility of NSS at space related conferences to promote the vision and mission of SpacEdge and drive awareness of the educational content available to all. Lastly, SpacEdge students have the opportunity to attend the NSS International Space Development Conference (ISDC) where they can participate in poster sessions, presentations, and networking. By leveraging NSS resources, SpacEdge can reach and support space enthusiasts of all ages. 

    To become a member of NSS, join here