QBOL™/NASA Initiative

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.

The powerful life lessons taught by teachers in our Quarterbacks of Life® Students Success and Leadership Program along with activities such as the Quarterbacks of Life®/NASA initiative help students become proficient in Language Arts, Science, Interpersonal, and Life Skills.

“Quarterbacks of Life led me to my dream. When asked about why I wanted to pursue this career path, it will not be because, ‘I always knew.’ I will think back to an auditorium in Washington D.C., where I heard the stories that set my future, revealed my passion, and changed my life.”

Michael P. Nutt | Pennsylvania State University | Class of 2020 College of Engineering | Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering | Systems Engineer Associate | Palski & Associates

In 2013, Beating the Odds Foundation and NASA partnered together to offer teachers and students an experiential, team focused, collaborative learning experience of a lifetime. This research challenge involved using the Beating the Odds Foundation’s Five Stepping Stones to Success to investigate NASA mission success and their personal success in life, school, and a career. What started in 2013 is now a yearly occurrence with newly evolving NASA research challenges. Student teams present their research at NASA followed by a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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.

NASA message from Charlie Bolden

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.

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