West Virginia State University
West Virginia State University (WVSU) is a historically black, public institution with land grant status. WVSU is “a living laboratory of human relations,” with a community of students, staff, and facility committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity. The university’s environment makes for the desired setting to facilitate STEM learning opportunities in central and southern West Virginia.
The NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy, or SEMAA, was created to increase participation and retention of historically underrepresented K-12 youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM.
SEMAA emerged in the efforts to increase the participation of historically underserved K-12 youth in the areas of STEM. Established as a joint venture in 1993 between NASA Glenn Research Center and Cuyahoga Community College, the project grew from a single site to a national organization that was supported by Congress in dedication to improving the academic success of children nationwide.