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Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS)

The ExMASS program has ended. Program resources will remain accessible on this website (below). Thank you to all the students, teachers, and scientists who participated in this successful program.

The Exploration of the Moon and Asteroids by Secondary Students (ExMASS) program is managed by the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration (CLSE), one of nine teams with the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). ExMASS is an academic year-long, national standards-based lunar/asteroid research program that envelops students in the process of science. Working alongside their teachers and a scientist advisor, students undertake authentic, open-inquiry research projects that engage them in the process of science. At the end of the year, student research is reviewed by a panel of scientists. The top four teams present their research to this panel of scientists, competing for a chance to present their work at the Exploration Science Forum held at the NASA Ames Research Center in the summer.

Congratulations to Mount Horeb High School! The ExMASS team from Mount Horeb High School (WI) won the overall competition for the 2017–2018 program. They will travel to NASA Ames to present their r​e​s​e​a​r​c​h​ in person at the 2018 Exploration Science Forum.

2017–2018 ExMASS Program Schools

Alief Early College High School, Houston, TX
Armstrong Jr-Sr High School, Kittanning, PA
Arundel High School, Gambrills, MD
Broadwater Academy, Exmore, VA
Crocker High School, Crocker, MO
Henry M Jackson High School, Mill Creek, WA
Mescalero Apache School, Mescalero, NM
Mount Horeb High School, Mount Horeb, WI
South Sevier High School, Monroe, UT
Waynflete School, Portland, ME

ExMASS Program Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

ExMASS Alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices

Next Generation Science Standards: Nature of Science

Moon 101

Asteroid 101

Lunar/Asteroid Data Resources

For Mentors (Teachers) and Advisors

Other Resources

Archive of Past Presentations