INSGC - Indiana Space Grant Consortium

Indiana Space Grant Consortium is part of a National Network that Promotes STEM Education through Cooperative and Interdisciplinary Programs while Recruiting and Training the Next Diverse Workforce

Indiana Space Grant Consortium is one of 52 Consortia (one Consortium per state, plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) which are part of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The purpose of the Space Grant Program is to carry out education, research, and public outreach activities in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) related to space, aeronautics, aviation, and Earth system science, while endeavoring to increase the financial and government support available to Space Grant Consortia.  Each Consortium is made up of colleges, universities, businesses, and other private and public sector institutions, all working to further aerospace education and career training through: 
  1. supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) student scholarships, fellowships, and internships (traineeships);
  2. providing support to faculty and students to develop career skills in STEM related fields;
  3. offering experiential learning opportunities aligned with NASA Strategic Enterprises; and
  4. stimulating public interest in aerospace-related disciplines and lifelong learning through partnerships with educators at all levels, thus increasing public appreciation for the direct and indirect benefits of the U.S.


The INSGC is a source of NASA-related information, awards, and programs for the State of Indiana. The Consortium presently consists of 15 academic (college and university), ten outreach (museums and science centers), and one industrial (both small business and larger companies) affiliates. 
INSGC values:
  • A strong STEM education base that supports learning across the lifespan
  • An organization structure that maximizes the accomplishments of its members
  • Inspiration of learners of all ages to explore aerospace science and technology
  • Excellence in the development, delivery, and support of space-related products and programs
  • The development of individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences in Space Grant activities
Education - INSGC values the necessity of developing lifelong learning, particularly when it pertains to NASA, aerospace sciences and technologies, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines.

Organization - INSGC values a strong internal structure that allows both the staff and affiliates of INSGC to operate as a seamless team in order to achieve the excellence that we are looking for in this organization.

Inspiration – INSGC values the inspiration of learners of all ages. Learning occurs in those who are very young and those with a long lifetime of experiences; learning and inspiration occur in formal and informal education and experiential environments. We are striving to create a culture that is innovative, creative, and enthusiastic when it comes to creating inspiration for NASA and NASA-related subjects.

Excellence – INSGC values the ability to provide excellent quality of service to the residents of the State of Indiana. We endeavor to go above and beyond the standards of products that we produce, the activities and opportunities that we support, and the processes that are the foundation of our performance.

Development - INSGC values the development of all persons and programs touched by this organization. We seek out new ideas and concepts, and explore new ways in which we can expand the depth and breadth of our organization. 
INSGC Vision
The INSGC will be the premier source of coordination, information, and inspiration for the NASA-related education, outreach, and workforce needs of the State of Indiana.
INSGC Mission
The mission of the INSGC is to promote workforce development, formal and informal education, and research in STEM areas by the dissemination of NASA-related activities, content, and opportunities to the residents of the State of Indiana.
  • INSGC will promote NASA-related STEM workforce development by providing support to STEM research and education in higher education setting.
  • INSGC will provide educational opportunities for K-12 students and teachers in order to inspire students to STEM disciplines.
  • INSGC will collaborate with formal and informal STEM educators in order to promote awareness of NASA-related missions to the general public.

NASA Education Goals

In 2006 and beyond, NASA will continue to pursue three major education goals:

  • Strengthening NASA and the Nation's future workforce
  • Attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines
  • Engaging Americans in NASA's mission