Tech

December 20, 2013

NASA taps 10 informal learning institutions for collaboration grants

NASA has selected proposals from informal education institutions in 10 states to further its goal of attracting more students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

They will share approximately $7.7 million in grants through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities.

The organizations are located across the United States and include six museums and four NASA visitor centers. They will create interactive exhibits, virtual worlds, professional development activities, and community-based programs to engage students, teachers and the public in STEM. The selected projects have performance periods from one to five years and range in value from approximately $500,000 to $1 million. Final funding is contingent upon NASA’s approval of each organization’s final business plan.

“Informal education providers play a key role in NASA Education’s effort to make interactive STEM experiences available to students and the general public,” said Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for education in Washington. “Using compelling NASA content, they create fun, hands-on learning activities that help us stimulate greater interest in STEM. Increasing STEM literacy in students today is crucial to having the talent NASA will require for future missions of science and discovery.”

The 2013 selected organizations are:

– U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.

– AERO Institute, Palmdale, Calif.

– Miami Science Museum

– Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

– Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul

– St. Louis Science Center

– Science South Inc., Florence, S.C.

– Space Center Houston Project

– Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Va.

– Pacific Science Center Foundation, Seattle

Projects selected in this year’s program will produce NASA-inspired educational opportunities to increase awareness of and engagement in the agency’s space exploration achievements and how these benefit life on Earth, as well as educational pathways to careers in space exploration and other STEM fields. Students of all ages and educators who deliver formal or informal STEM education will learn about NASA’s missions in human space exploration, aeronautics, astronomy, robotics, Mars exploration, and remote sensing.

The selected organizations will collaborate with NASA’s Museum Alliance, a nationwide network of informal education professionals at 575 science museums, planetariums, NASA visitor centers, Challenger Centers, visitor centers at observatories and parks, nature centers, aquariums and zoos. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Museum Alliance for the agency.

Sixty-seven proposals from institutions in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, underwent a merit-based peer review process. NASA’s Office of Education, agency mission directorates and support offices, and JPL solicited and reviewed the grant applications.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

NASA picks top Earth data challenge ideas, opens call for climate apps

NASA has selected four ideas from the public for innovative uses of climate projections and Earth-observing satellite data. The agency also has announced a follow-on challenge with awards of $50,000 to build climate applications based on OpenNEX data on the Amazon cloud computing platform. Both challenges use the Open NASA Earth Exchange, or OpenNEX, a...
 
 
nasa-flying-lab

NASA’s flying laboratories study our world

Throughout the remainder of 2014, NASA is flying a series of airborne research campaigns from the North Pole to the South Pole and many points in between ñ to take a closer look at U.S. air quality, hurricanes in the Atlantic ...
 
 

NASA selects proposals to increase STEM education at community, technical colleges

NASA’s Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at community colleges and technical schools across the United States. Each award has a two-year performance period and a maximum value of $500,000. The 35...
 

 
Courtesy photograph

Space technology experiments tested in microgravity flight

Courtesy photograph University of Central Florida students and their principal investigator observe their experiment as it reacts to the microgravity environment on NASA’s C-9 reduced-gravity experiments aircraft. NASA...
 
 
NASA photograph by Tom Tschida

Seeing double: Experimental glider, rocket undergo fit checks

NASA photograph by Tom Tschida NASA intern Erik Rossi De La Fuente (upper left) admires the one-third scale, twin-fuselage sailplane concept demonstrator that will carry and launch the Whittinghill Aerospace Mini Sprite rocket....
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Corby Waste

NASA selects U.S. small business technology transfer projects for further development

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL/Corby Waste An artist’s rendition of the 2007 Phoenix Mars probe during landing depicts dust particles stirred up from thrusters. CFD Research Corporation, in conjunction with the University of ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>