S.T.E.M. Programs


Design the next generation of aircraft and spacecraft at the NSLC on Aerospace.
  • Level: High School
  • Grades: Enrolled in 9-12
  • Length: 9 days
Are you fascinated by air and space? Do you enjoy complex engineering problems? At the NSLC on Aerospace, you will learn about the many careers in aerospace and get hands-on experience with challenging engineering problems.
Learn how engineers design and build state-of-the-art aircraft and spacecraft during behind-the-scenes visits to places like NASA and Lockheed Martin. Then, use your newfound knowledge to design and build your own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and rocket. By the end of the program, you’ll be inspired to begin your own career in aerospace.

Program Highlights

Aerospace Highlights

Hands-on Design & Build Projects
Working in teams, you will design and build your own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), rocket and wind turbine and compete in exciting engineering challenges

Meet Aerospace Professionals
Go behind-the-scenes during exclusive trips and tours as you meet with engineers and scientists and see some of the cutting-edge aircraft and spacecraft designs being built today

Visit University Laboratories
Interact with leading researchers and university professors as you learn about new frontiers in aeronautics and astronautics

Dates & Locations


Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s summer high school aerospace program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the aerospace community.
Examples of past guest speakers include:

Secretary Michael B. Donley
U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense

Dr. C.D. Mote
President, National Academy of Engineering

Mr. Barry Green
Assistant Director of Engineering, Operations, NASA Goddard

Mr. Christopher Matty
Subsystem Lead, Project Orion, NASA

Mr. Steven J Riley
Deputy Chief, Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, NASA

Mr. Bill Nott
Mechanical Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC summer high school aerospace program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of aerospace.
These trips may include:

American University

  • NASA
  • Dulles International Airport
  • Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Georgetown University

  • NASA
  • George Washington University School of Engineering
  • Dulles International Airport
  • Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums
  • Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.
Leadership topics tailored to the Aerospace program include:


Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. 

Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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