Building the Next Generation Telescope and Preparing the Next Generation of Explorers

Two decades ago, the leaders of the Space Telescope Science Institute and NASA posed a question to themselves: could a small group of scientists and educators transform the breathtaking discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope into meaningful and measurable educational products for America’s schools, potentially reaching millions of youths at a time?  In asking this question, we recognized that Hubble’s discoveries offer unprecedented opportunities to inspire, engage, and educate students of all ages and backgrounds in the fundamental concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We embraced the potential as we saw it, and committed the Institute to making it a reality. Since then, the scope of our efforts has grown to include programming associated with the James Webb Space Telescope. Over the years, we have learned much about the practical links between basic education and advanced scientific research, and we have made substantial contributions to national STEM goals. Today, more than half the state departments of education in the U.S. have integrated the Institute’s educational materials into their programs.  What makes this program such a success is that educator-scientist partnerships are central to producing all education material—from design to implementation.


Current Projects

Students from the Odyssey School in Brooklandville, Md. pose with their model galaxy to celebrate the release of Hubble’s Early Release Observations following Servicing Mission 4.


Students from Hutto Middle School in Hutto, Tx. showcase their JWST STEM Innovation projects at South by Southwest.