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Our Cause

USRA will offer the unique opportunity for educators, students, and families to participate in a series of multi-faceted, enriching virtual events intended to ignite interest in STEM among a new generation of explorers! These events will include chances to connect with astronauts, students in Baltimore and Houston areas as well as leading scientists in the planetary and robotics fields.

Corporate Sponsorships

USRA’s STEMaction Center is looking for companies who would be interested in sponsoring these exceptional learning opportunities. Supporters will have their company name mentioned and their logos on screen in the opening and closing remarks. There are also opportunities to have your company's SME participate in an event. 

We have two presenting sponsors at $15,000 and two event sponsors at $5,000 available.


Contact Us

For Program Questions:
Amanda Smith-Hackler
email: [email protected]

For Educator Workshop Questions:
Christine Shupla
email: [email protected]



Will these events be available to watch later? Educator workshops will be recorded and available on USRA's STEMaction and Lunar Planetary websites.

What is the “Making our way to MARS” events? USRA's STEMaction Center and Lunar Planetary Institute are thrilled to introduce this virtual and free event series aimed at teaching, engaging and exciting students, families and educators about the upcoming Perseverance Mission.

What is the appropriate age for students participating? Everyone is welcome to join. Content for our Meet the Scientists and Staff as well as our Connect with former NASA Astronauts sessions are geared for students in grades 6 and above. We do have activities for students and families grades 5 and below available under Student & Families Activities section.

Are there waitlists for these events? Unfortunately, we are unable to create a waitlist for our Meet the Scientists and Staff session and educator workshops.  We will provide a live YouTube link for our Connect with former NASA Astronaut session and the Landing Party.

What can I do to make sure I am prepared for the events? Prior to the event, we recommend preparing a series of questions you would like answered. Then familiarize yourself with the chat box prior to class for a chance to have your question answered.

Do I need to create a Zoom account for these workshops? You will not need to register for an account to join. Simply click to "Join the meeting." You will prompted to download and install the Zoom app. Once downloaded, open the Zoom program, you will need to give Zoom access to your computer/phone microphone and camera. When you are ready to join the event select "Join the Video" and "Join Audio" buttons in the bottom left corner of the Zoom application.

What is the best way to receive information about future events? Please be sure to check back often to see of upcoming events, programs and camps. Also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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