Through its many affiliations and partnerships, the McAuliffe Center has rare access to a wide range of people, artifacts, and knowledge that inform every program and educational resource it develops.



In 2011, NASA chose the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to be the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of CASIS is to maximize use of this unparalleled platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars.


The purpose of the partnership with CASIS is to increase STEM literacy for all students, support teachers in improving STEM education, advocate the ISS National Lab as a STEM learning platform, and excite K-12 students about STEM careers. A partnership that merges CASIS’s direct access to ISS operations and educational assets with the McAuliffe Center’s daily contact with students and the general public will support our goal of achieving every one of these objectives.

Chandra X-ray Observatory

The Chandra X-ray Observatory is one of NASA’s fleet of “Great Observatories”. Chandra allows scientists from around the world to obtain X-ray images of exotic environments to help understand the structure and evolution of the universe.

The Chandra partnership gives the McAuliffe Center and FSU faculty direct access to professional astronomers, scientists in the Chandra Mission Science Center, and a mission education and outreach group with expertise in science illustration, image and video processing, and other communication and visualization technologies.

Offerings from the Chandra mission team naturally complement the McAuliffe Center’s resources and expertise, including its existing programs for teachers and students, expertise in science education, teacher professional development, and program implementation.

NASA Educator Resource Center

The purpose of the NASA Educator Resource Center is to help teachers learn about and use NASA’s educational resources. The NASA ERC at Framingham State University is co-directed by the McAuliffe Center and FSU’s Whittemore Library, and provides in-service and pre-service professional development opportunities using NASA’s extensive catalog of instructional products. Check our calendar for scheduled workshops and events.

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Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers

The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) is a professional organization dedicated to improving science education at all levels. MAST is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and acts as your representative on national and state policies concerning science education. 

Challenger Center for Space Science Education

As a leader in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers use space-themed simulated learning environments to engage students in dynamic, hands-on opportunities. These experiences strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields.

The Challenger Learning Center at the Christa McAuliffe Center is part of the global network that reaches hundreds of thousands of students and tens of thousands of teachers each year. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51L. To learn more, visit 

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