International Space & STEM Summer Schools
Open to 14 - 18 years olds all over the world.
The Mission Discovery Summer School invites you to do something extraordinary.
There is no selection process, giving everyone equal opportunity to get involved 🙌
Mission Discovery invites students from every corner of the world to spend a week working in teams, under the guidance of NASA astronauts, NASA personnel, rocket scientists and world-renowned professors. The goal is to design an experiment, which could benefit the human race, whether it is on Earth, the Space Station, the Moon, Mars or beyond.
With the help from our brilliant NASA role models, students will finish the week by presenting their idea to the Mission Discovery judges. The best experiment is selected, built at NASA and launched to the International Space Station (ISS) to be conducted by the astronauts on board.
The majority of students come on their own and form quick long lasting friendships. We welcome groups big or small, just let us know ✨
Join over 16,000+ Students
Making dreams come true
Mission Discovery was launched in 2011. Since then, we have worked with 17 NASA astronauts, held programmes in 4 continents for over 16,000 students sending 42 experiments into space on 9 different rockets, with more experiments in the pipeline to be launched on 2 separate vehicles later this year.
Students making the news
Heard around the world
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What participants had to say
Grazia, Hawthorn High School
The most welcoming, fascinating and challenging (in a good way) experience ever! Impossible to sum up.
Nicholas, Banbridge Academy
Thank you so much. It really was a great week and I'll always remember it. I've made international friends who I still talk to daily.
A typical week
Throughout the week you will hear a variety of talks from our experts, based on a range of themes including team building, leadership, space, the sciences and personal development.
Your team will be assigned its own Mission Discovery mentor to help you every step of the way.
Typical Team Members
17 astronauts have led Mission Discovery, along with top NASA leaders and world renowned scientists. Choose your Mission to see who you’ll be teaming up with.
A word from Astronaut Ken Ham
"A wonderful aspect of working with youth, particularly these ages, is that they come up with the most amazing ideas that none of us old adults can come up with on our own, so it could be from physical sciences to medical sciences, wherever your imagination can take you.
Something that is useful for humanity and might be answered by an experiment in micro-gravity."
30+ Student Experiments
On the Space Station 🛰
We've had various astronauts work on Mission Discovery experiments on the ISS, including Major Tim Peake
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