Making STEM Connections

The National STEM Academy Educator Resource Center (ERC), formally the NASA RERC, features STEM resources and materials and the STEM Educator Workshop Series at no cost, and hosts the Annual GA STEM Conference.  The ERC offers professional development opportunities for Pre K – 12 in-service, pre-service, homeschool and informal educators, Altitudes Internships for college students, the Georgia STEM Teachers of the Year Award, and STEM Resource and classroom kits are available for check-out.

Lending Library

The Resource Center’s Lending Library offers a variety of STEM books, NASA resources, STEM Activity Kits, Classroom set of books and equipment, Lesson Plans and more!

Items are free to check out.

Items available for check out are:

  • Reference Books
  • Educator Guides & Lesson Plans
  • STEM Activity Kits
  • Classroom Sets of Novels, Thesaurus’, etc.
  • Equipment & Supplies
  • Study Guides for High School and College Exams
  • DVD’s
  • and more…

Curriculum areas covered include Aviation, Aeronautics, Astronomy, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography, Life Sciences, Meteorology, Physical Science, Physics, and more. These materials are available to educators free of charge.

Items for use inside the Library:

  • Computers for Research
  • Di-Cut Machine with many templates
  • Notebook Binding Machine
  • Disc Duplicator
  • Quiet Workspaces
  • Conference Areas
  • and more…

Materials Available

  • NASA Fact Sheets & Educational Briefs
  • Activity Books & Pamphlets
  • Colorful Posters & Lithographs


Due to COVID-19, hours are varied.  Please use the contact form below to contact us and schedule a time to use the library or check out materials!

Professional Development Options & Educator Workshop Series

Educator Workshop Series

Professional Development Workshops for All Educators

Free hands-on, workshops for Pre K – 12 in-service, pre-service, homeschool and informal educators making STEM connections.

The 2021 – 2022 Educator Workshops will be held both Virtual and In-Person.  In-Person workshops are limited to a specific number of spots in order to adhere to COVID policies.  When registering below, please select whether you will attend in-person or virtually.  Virtual workshops will be live from the classroom the workshop is being held in.  All virtual attendees will receive a list of needed materials and/or be mailed materials (depending on materials needed) prior to workshop start date.

Please use the form below to register for workshops.  Check back often as workshops will be added throughout the year.

Professional Development at Your Location

Can be scheduled for schools and organizations.

The Resource Center staff can make arrangements to conduct in-service and pre-service professional development opportunities on-site at your school or location. Virtual professional development opportunities are also available.

To schedule a program at your location or virtually, fees, and/or more information please complete the contact form below.

Altitudes Internship & Volunteer Opportunities

The Resource Center offers volunteer opportunities for adults, college, and high school students (11th-12th grades); Internships for college students in Education and Marketing; and the STEM Ambassador Educator program. 

Use the contact form below to inquire about a volunteer or intern opportunity.

Artifacts, Collections, and Curation Virtual Program (College Students)

This live virtual field trip takes adults and college students on a behind the scenes trip through our collections and curation process.  Students studying for museum and curator degrees will get a live look at how the Museum of Aviation chooses, acquires, stores, and exhibits its artifacts and aircraft.  Students will have the opportunity to ask questions and, if time permits, will receive a tour of an area of the museum.

Digital Resources and Content

Click the button below to visit our Education Resources page.  The page is full of lesson plans, videos, websites to visit, resource guides, and more!  All content is free and open for use.

Cool Careers

This program highlights cool career opportunities to raise awareness for workforce development.

Each program will include a live presentation from a National STEM Academy instructor and a live STEM demonstration.

The Cool Careers program is available to students in grades 6-12 and can be scheduled at the Museum of Aviation, “On the Go” at your location, or virtually.


Minimum: 50 students to schedule.  Please group multiple classes in one large group.  Program is not available for multiple 30 minute sessions per day.

Maximum:  There is no maximum number of students.  For large groups, an auditorium or cafeteria with microphone and speakers available is recommended.

Time: Lasts approx. 30 minutes

Please use the contact form below to schedule or learn more.

GA STEM Conference

Now Registering for August 2021!

The GA STEM Conference is an annual conference For PreK-12 In-Service, Pre-Service, Home School & Informal Educators.

  • Infuse STEM Education into your classroom!
  • Inspire and engage your students with new resources & challenges!
  • Receive STEM resources!
  • Network with Educators!

STEM Teachers of the Year

Since 2012, the National STEM Academy at the Museum of Aviation has been proud to recognize Georgia STEM Teachers of the Year with the Jane Shirley McGee Award.

  • Designed to honor teachers who are actively engaging students in authentic hands-on activities in all areas of STEM Education
  • Open to all K – 12th Grade Certified Teachers and Teaching Teams throughout Georgia

Archived Virtual Workshops

Virtual ERC Professional Development Workshops can be found on our Education Resources and YouTube pages!

“Explore and discover. Learn and teach. Build and share. It’s what NASA and teachers and parents do.”


See what teachers and educators have to say about the Educator Resource Center!

“I have been very pleased with all of the instructors and the workshops. I have learned a lot that I have been able to immediately take back to the classroom.” -Dawn Hardy, Houston County Teacher

“The classes are awesome!” -Kimberly Barkmeyer, Teacher

“I loved the ways to break the concepts down in the classroom.” -Johnny Moore, Bibb County Teacher