NASA Airborne Research Experience for Educators (AREE)

NASA Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) Flight Campaign

NASA Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX) Flight Campaign

This opportunity is currently closed.

Audience: 4-12 Educators

Application Deadline: open until filled

In support of our nation’s commitment to training and retaining 100,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers over the next decade through the 100Kin10 initiative, NASA’s Earth Science Project Office and Dryden Flight Research Center’s Office of Education, are recruiting 12 STEM teachers, formal (traditional classrooms, public or private) or informal (museum, science center, etc.), grades 4-12, to participate in the Airborne Research Experience for Educators (AREE) Academy, a 10-day research experience from July 15-25, 2013, at the AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA. Through interactions with NASA unique content, facilities, and personnel, the Academy will focus on three education goals through a variety of interfaces (virtual, in-person, self-directed courses):

  1. Engage in NASA’s unique, airborne research-based missions
  2. Increase core scientific and research knowledge base
  3. Generate NASA mission-based STEM resources and teaching materials

Educators will  be anchored in a community of scientific practice through an end-to-end airborne experience that will focus on two NASA Global Hawk Earth Science missions:

-          Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3), an investigation of how tropical storms form and develop into hurricanes

-          Airborne Tropical TRopopause EXperiment (ATTREX), a study of atmospheric compound concentrations and their impact on the Earth’s climate and energy budget.

Experiences will include technical content instruction from mission scientists and engineers, utilization of technology via an online tool to monitor missions real-time, and pedagogical content instruction in 21st century skills, inquiry-based teaching and learning, engineering design, and project-based learning. Experiences will be translated into teaching practice through the development of a thematic STEM module and action plan.

This opportunity will remain open until filled. Educators must be U.S. citizens. They may apply as individuals or as an interdisciplinary team of two to three persons. NASA will reimburse educator travel and expenses.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be formal or informal educator, grades 4-12
  • Must specialize in science, technology, engineering or mathematics


  • Participate in pre-workshop preparatory activities/assignments
  • Attend the 10-day residential workshop
  • Attend, in-person or via virtual link, up to 5 post-workshop team meetings
  • Provide evaluation and metric data
  • Implement post STEM action plan
  • Maintain good standing in the local education community
  • Serve as ambassador for NASA Education
  • Contribute to development of the nation’s future STEM workforce


Persons interested in applying for this opportunity should complete the following:

  1. Complete a registration form 
  2. Upload a resume or curriculum vitae 
  3. Provide a minimum of one letter of reference 
  4. If selected, participate in a brief phone interview

This opportunity will remain open until filled.

Support Package…

Participants whose home location is greater than 50 miles from workshop location will be provided double-occupancy lodging, a $900 stipend (meals included), and travel reimbursement per the following guidelines:

·         up to $500 if equal to or more than 400 miles

·         up to $250 if less than 400 miles

Persons whose home location is 50 miles or less from workshop location will receive a $650 stipend (meals included).

The stipend will be paid via direct deposit upon completion of workshop milestones. Travel reimbursements will be provided with timely submission of necessary forms and receipts. Persons are responsible for making their own travel to-from home location and Palmdale, CA.

Free resources will include a workshop binder, educator guides, supplies, and materials needed to implement a post-workshop STEM action plan. Participants are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computers.

Program participants can earn professional development hours through Oklahoma State University upon successful completion of the AREE program requirements.

Additional Information…

For additional information about the AREE project, refer to the NASA website at:

To learn more about the HS3 flight campaign, refer to:

To learn more about the ATTREX flight campaign, refer to: