The MUREP (Minority University Research and Education Project) Aerospace Academy is now at Hartnell College and it replaces SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy) Program.

Recently, Hartnell College 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 Hartnell site was the first to be offered on the west coast and has offered the SEMAA Program to the community since 2011. Through our previous SEMAA Program, we’ve served over 10,000 students since 2011.


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.

MAA 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.