NASA MAA: K6-12 STEM Education Project

Spring 2018 Session Underway

The MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) Aerospace Academy made its debut at York College for the first time on October 17, 2015 and it replaced SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) Program.

Recently, York became one of the nine new NASA STEM Education sites selected through a rigorous and open competition nationally.

The predecessor to the NASA MAA was the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy, or SEMAA, which began in 1993, as a partnership between NASA Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. The York site was one of the oldest and has offered the SEMAA Program to the community since 1999. Through our previous SEMAA and current NASA MAA Program, we've served over 23,000 students since 1999. This year alone (2016 -2017), York's NASA MAA served over 2250 students (direct participants) and reached out 7550 plus indirect participants as part of its vigorous outreach activities via hosting NASA MAA STEM events including Senator Leroy Comrie-hosted Family Resource Expo, CUNY Explorers - College Access for All Initiative, City Science Fair, Open houses, bringing Starlab to the community schools, Queens Public Libraries, Back to School Day, Summer Camp, 4-H Club, etc.

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Recognizing the need to increase the number of American youth who have an effective, authentic STEM experience each year prior to completing high school, and the need for NASA to do an internal consolidation, SEMAA was incorporated into MUREP, thus creating additional funding and learning opportunities to attract and retain underserved and underrepresented youth in grades K-12. NASA MAA advances student development through activity components that are fully integrated to form a comprehensive support system. Through its components, MAAs shall deliver:

  1. Curriculum Enhancement Activities (CEA), hands-on curriculum activities relevant to NASA missions,
  2. an Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL), and
  3. an innovative Family Cafe.


The MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) goals are to improve STEM literacy by engaging K-12 students, family members, and teachers through the integration of emerging technologies; and to educate students utilizing a STEM curriculum that meets national science, technology, engineering and mathematics standards aligned to NASA's mission directorates.

The MAA awards are already making impacts enabling York to:

  • increase the number of historically underserved and underrepresented students interested in NASA specific STEM careers;
  • provide skills to parents/caregivers to work with and encourage their children in STEM activities and programs;
  • involve community groups, business, industry, museums, educational and professional organizations through mentoring, field trips, guest speakers, and other MAA activities;
  • and engage students in participatory activities such as hands-on-learning, research, use of advanced technology, peer support groups, and mentoring relationships with professionals working in the STEM fields.

2018 Spring NASA MAA K6-12 Session Information

The MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) is running eight Saturday session only for 6th to 12th graders. Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of NASA MAA, Con Edison, and National Grid, Asha Samuel* and Saya Samuel* (fall 2017 program participants emptied their savings and donated to the program), the York College NASA MAA program is resuming in Spring 2018. Spring 2018 session will be held at York College from ** March 03, 2018 through May 05, 2018 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

*Please read about Asha and Saya (fall 2017 participants) donating their life savings to the program here.

**No classes on March 30- April 06, 2018: Spring Recess (York College and New York City Public Schools)

  • On the first day (March 03, 2018), please arrive by 8.15 am in AC-3D01 for the program orientation and classroom assignments.
  • NASA MAA also provides STEM-related information via Family Cafe and parents/caregivers are highly encouraged to attend workshops and seek out STEM opportunities or relevant information for their kids.
  • An overarching goal of the Family Cafe is to empower parents/caregivers to value the strategic importance of STEM education and significance of an early involvement as it relates to future education and career option for their children.

Light refreshments are available for the participating parents/caregivers.

Our NASA MAA program offers engaging, hands-on and fun science activities for children currently in 6th -12th grades. Catch the excitement and engage in STEM activities including Flight Simulation, Robotics, Mindstorm EV3, Lego, Wind Tunnel, GPS, space mathematics, Liquid Nitrogen ice cream making, Astronaut training, cool Chemistry experiments, NASA STEM education pipeline activities/internships, etc.

York MAA greatly acknowledges the generous support of NASA MAA, Con Edison, and National Grid, which enables the current MAA session to offer state-of-the-art STEM education to the greater York community.

Con Edison has been a steadfast financial supporter of the previous SEMAA Program since 2007 and we anticipate their corporate partnerships to continue in regard to the newly introduced NASA MAA as well.

Call 718-262-2580 or 718-262-2079 anytime for more information.

MAA at York College
  • 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY 11451
  • 718-262-2580, 718-262-2580
  • Fax 718-262-3751

Pilot Leighton Jamieson (far left, last standing row), third-grade MAA teacher Kyshia Lawrie, and third-grade students visit York College in Jamaica, New York. Credits: NASA

Pilot Leighton Jamieson (far left, last standing row), third-grade MAA teacher Kyshia Lawrie, and third-grade students visit York College in Jamaica, New York.
Credits: NASA