The Nazareth Area Science Project was formed in 1992 to foster excellence in science education and convey the excitement of science to young people throughout the Nazareth Area and the Greater Lehigh Valley, through the promotion and operation of various activities and science-related functions.
The NASP begin in 1991 as a Work Force Development Project of the Ben Franklin Technology Center and evolved into the Nazareth Area School District – Science Project Initiative the following year. Over the next 10 years, the group sponsored annual science fests, family science night speakers, donated items to the elementary kids and won awards all while creating a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Unfortunately, due to the changing staff and volunteers, the group was disbanded in 2002.
The summer of 2012 brought about a resurgence in the need to promote science in our district. The Nazareth High School planetarium once again had to be closed due to its state of disrepair and the Bushkill Elementary Environmental Center was nearing completion but needed some help. So, the group was again reformed with the same mission and goals as the original NASP.