Welcome to NASA MAA: K1-9 STEM Education Project

The MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) Aerospace Academy made its debut at York College for the first time on October 17, 2015 and it replaced SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) Program.
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Recently, York became one of the nine new NASA STEM Education sites selected through a rigorous and open competition nationally.

The predecessor to the NASA MAA was the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Aerospace Academy, or SEMAA, which began in 1993, as a partnership between NASA Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. The York site was one of the oldest and has offered the SEMAA Program to the community since 1999. Through our previous SEMAA and current MAA Program, we've served over 18,000 students since 1999.


Recognizing the need to increase the number of American youth who have an effective, authentic STEM experience each year prior to completing high school, and the need for NASA to do an internal consolidation, SEMAA was incorporated into MUREP, thus creating additional funding and learning opportunities to attract and retain underserved and underrepresented youth in grades K-12. NASA MAA advances student development through activity components that are fully integrated to form a comprehensive support system. Through its components, MAAs shall deliver: (1) Curriculum Enhancement Activities (CEA), hands-on curriculum activities relevant to NASA missions, (2) an Aerospace Education Laboratory (AEL), and (3) an innovative Family Café.


The MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) goals are to: improve STEM literacy by engaging K-12 students, family members, and teachers through the integration of emerging technologies; and to educate students utilizing a STEM curriculum that meets national science, technology, engineering and mathematics standards aligned to NASAs mission directorates.

The MAA awards will:

  • increase the number of historically underserved and underrepresented students interested in NASA specific STEM careers;
  • provide skills to parents/caregivers to work with and encourage their children in STEM activities and programs;
  • involve community groups, business, industry, museums, educational and professional organizations through mentoring, field trips, guest speakers, and other MAA activities; and (4) engage students in participatory activities such as hands-on-learning, research, use of advanced technology, peer support groups, and mentoring relationships with professionals working in the STEM fields.

2016 Summer NASA MAA Session underway

The MUREP Aerospace Academy (MAA) is running Monday-Friday session only for 1st to 9th graders. Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of NASA, the York College NASA MAA program is resuming in Summer 2016.

Our NASA MAA program offers engaging, hands-on and fun science activities for children currently in 1st -9th  grades. Catch the excitement and engage in STEM activities including StarLab (star gazing), Flight Simulation, Robotics, Mindstorm EV3, Lego, Wind Tunnel, GPS, Liquid Nitrogen ice cream making, Astronaut training, cool Chemistry experiments, NASA STEM education pipeline activities, etc.   

  • Summer 2016, we're running July 11th through July 29th (Monday through Friday).
  • K1-9 Classes will begin promptly at 8.30 am and end at 12.30 pm.
  • Lunch will be served.
  • We require families to arrive by 6 pm to attend a General Orientation Meeting to be held in AC-3D01 on July 7th , 2016.
  • Weekly Orientation will take place in AC-3D01on July 11, 18, and 25th at 8.15 am.

York MAA greatly acknowledges the generous support of NASA, which enables the current MAA session to offer state-of the-art STEM education to the greater York community. 

Con Edison has been a steadfast financial supporter of the previous SEMAA Program since 2007 and we anticipate their corporate partnership to continue in regard to the NASA MAA as well.

Summer 2016 Application Download

Call 718-262-2580 or 718-262-2079 any time for more information about NASA MAA

What is SEMAA?



MAA at York College
  • 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY 11451
  • 718-262-2580, 718-262-2580
  • Fax 718-262-3751