Outpost Network

The NASA STEAM Innovation Lab invites you to become part of our dream to push the boundaries of technology. By transforming parts or all of your new or existing makerspace and/or learning environment into a NASA STEAM Innovation Lab Outpost, you'll be connected to a growing community of other outposts from around the world.

The NASA STEAM Innovation Lab Outpost Network expands our ability to impact learning environments across the nation, by inviting new and existing learning environments and makerspaces to become part of a larger community of NASA STEAM Innovation Lab Outposts. We have designed this network to be as interactive as possible by including the following key components:

Professional Learning Network

The Professional Learning Network (PLN) is a critical component of the Outpost Network that enables users to communicate with each other via a Facebook Group that makes use of online tools including social media, asynchronous discussions, file sharing, Q&As, and more.

Outpost Reach Map

The Outpost Reach Map is a component of the Outpost Network that enables users to establish an identity, provide contact information, link to other Outposts if desired, highlight and share resources, ideas, activities, interests, and recent projects.

Get started by exploring our resources and Exploration Idea Profiles!

In early 2021, we will be launching our Interactive Outpost Network Map. This interactive map will allow you to see where our growing list of NASA STEAM Innovation Lab Outposts exist while enabling you to make your own connections with other sites. In the near future, we will have information on how you can get your Outpost added to the map.
By Joining our community, you will be able to:
  • Connect to an online Outpost community that is actively engaged with NASA Subject Matter Experts.
  • Find new NASA-based ideas to explore in your makerspace or other learning environment.
  • Locate and interact with other Outposts who are exploring, creating and sharing their own ideas and projects. Participating Outposts include NASA centers, library makerspaces, schools, other new or existing makerspaces.
  • Spread the word about your connection to NASA within your community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Outpost?

NASA’s STEAM Innovation Lab is a resource center for a variety of learning environments including makerspaces and classrooms with an emphasis on space science content applications. Outposts can include home schools, libraries, community centers, museums, science centers, after school programs, scout troops, 4H clubs, school makerspaces, classrooms, and more. All that is required to be a NASA STEAM Innovation Lab Outpost is a willingness to explore NASA based ideas by downloading one or more of the NASA STEAM Innovation Lab’s Exploration Idea Profiles. Outposts will give these Exploration Idea Profiles a try, making modifications/adaptations, and sharing it with the Outpost community. So, if you’re looking for new and inspired ways to make use of technology in your educational setting with open access to NASA content, then you’ve come to the right place.

What is the Outpost Network?

By itself, the NASA STEAM Innovation Lab is limited to people from its geographic location at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The Outpost Network expands the lab’s ability to impact learning environments across the nation. This growing network will provide participants with engaging NASA content to their existing program, while empowering them to connect to a growing community of other Outposts around the world. These Outposts are eager to create, explore, and share their NASA-based ideas!

What is the STEAM Innovation Lab?

The main hub of the Outpost Network is the NASA STEAM Innovation Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center. It’s goal is to bring NASA’s universe of knowledge into educational spaces around the country and to increase scientific literacy and interest. Simply put, it’s a hybrid thinktank, makerspace and resource center where NASA scientists, engineers and educators are invited to explore and share ideas using educational technologies. Inside the lab are up to 10 interchangeable STEAM exploration stations fitted with technologies typically found in many of today’s 21st century educational environments. By placing these stations in close proximity to each other, we encourage users to investigate how the technologies can be effectively blended together for greater impact and integration into NASA education programs and products. Ideas generated in the lab are captured, collected and shared with educators, educational technology researchers and makerspace enthusiasts around the world.