What NASA is all about
NASA – North Austin Science Alliance – is a science team and enrichment program for kids who genuinely love science. This is not a group for parents who hope their kids will like science, or for those who are looking for a program that follows a curriculum.
With two divisions within our team and a third to start in the fall of 2016, NASA is unique among other area teams. We offer an elementary program, a middle school program, and a high school program to begin in September, 2016. This is so that kids can nurture their love of science all the way through their homeschool years.
At NASA, we offer hands-on science. There are no text books, work pages, coloring sheets or other busy-work mediums. Instead, each week we have a short lesson followed by hands-on REAL science.
The elementary program is for kids aged 6 through 9. In this group, the kids are introduced to topics that generally aren’t taught at home at that age. These kids have done chemical experiments to experience chemiluminesence, worked with real microscopes, learned about plant and animal cells, explored the atom, and so much more.
Our youngest group is supported by our parents. Parents with kids on this team are expected to assist in the classroom, and to take over leading various lessons. Lesson plans and materials are all prepared in advance – they only need to show up and lead the group.
In the middle school group, the kids are taken one step further. Weekly topics are generally more focused, and the science they’re exposed to is much more advanced. These kids have done dissections, worked with dry ice, learned about chemical bonds and how to use molecule kits, learned about neurology, and much more.
In addition, the middle school group hosts a huge variety of people from within the science community. From guest speakers talking about state-of-the-art cloning to having PhD candidates and professors from UT come to do demos and give talks, we bring the science to the kids. We’ve also partnered with various outreach programs to further enhance our kids’ science enrichment – everything from demos to field trips, we do it all!
Finally, the middle school kids (and the high school group) participate in several different science competitions. Science Olympiad and Science Bowl are our main competitions, though we also have kids interested in Science Fest. We support all these competitions, putting forth a strong NASA presence no matter where we go. (Kids need to live in either Wilco or Travis Co. to participate in competitions.)
We meet on Monday mornings (in NW Round Rock) from 10:30 – 12 (our Science Bowl teams start at 9:30), and at a projected $100 for the entire season (September through April), our fees are also low.
Currently both elementary and middle school teams have wait lists. We're actively recruiting teens. If you have any specific questions I’m happy to answer them, otherwise if you let me know your kids' names and birth dates, I’ll add them to our wait list.
We are also looking for teens! If you know of any science-loving teens, please pass along word that NASA’s amazing science enrichment program will soon be available to them!