In 2013, we teamed up with NASA to offer an annual event for students and teachers. This collaboration allows students to participate in a student research challenge that focuses on personal, academic, and career success. The QBOL™/NASA research project has been determined by the PA Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) to constitute an “innovative educational program” defined by law. Therefore, Beating the Odds Foundation is an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) fully accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for accepting contributions via the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC).
The Beating the Odds Foundation is answering our nation’s call for STEM education opportunities that prioritize hands-on learning to increase student engagement, interest, and achievement in the STEM fields.
At our QBOL™/NASA events, student teams study what men and women working for NASA are doing to support a particular NASA mission. The research challenge frames what they learn at these events in the context of the Quarterbacks of Life® Student Success and Leadership Program’s Five Stepping Stones to Success. This enables students to apply what they learn to their own lives.
The Five Stepping Stones to Success
For our May 2015 event, a special video message from NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden, was delivered to the students. The message surrounding the entire event was to work hard, study hard, dream big, and not to be afraid of failure. Watch Mr. Bolden’s video message, then click on the button below the video to read more about the event.