The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), NASA’s next Great Observatory, represents another step in astronomers’ eternal quest to see deeper into space. It will be the largest telescope launched into space yet, and see in the infrared as well as Hubble sees in visible light. Astronomers around the world will use Webb to study young galaxies and exploding stars in the early universe, disks of dust around stars that could be forming planets, and more.

We are inviting students and educators to join us in celebrating the development and impending launch of JWST by participating in the SIP.  The SIP is a standards-based project that provides an opportunity for students to explore the challenges currently facing NASA researchers as they design, build, and test the James Webb Space Telescope.  Using skills from multiple subject areas, students research an aspect of the telescope’s design and/or potential science and create projects to demonstrate their learning.  Students also can work in cooperative teams as engineers and scientists do, and solve real-world challenges related to the Webb mission that reinforce STEM skills.

Project guidelines:

  • Requirements for student projects are flexible and at the teacher’s discretion.  Projects can take the form of physical models, illustrated essays, poems or musical performances, videos, or other technology-based projects.
  • The time-frame for project implementation and completion is also flexible; depending on your program or instructional schedule.
  • Science content and educational support materials will be provided.
  • Photographs of exemplary student projects will be displayed by STScI’s Office of Public Outreach.
  • In recognition of your participation, you will receive a 3’ x 4’ museum-quality print of the Webb telescope for display at your school/institution.

Get involved

To learn more, or join the growing number of schools participating in the JWST SIP, Contact us.