WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) — The U.S. space agency says it will fund nine educational outreach projects this year, including planetarium shows and traveling museum exhibits.
Officials said NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums will provide $7 million in grants to enhance projects related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science and microgravity.
The 2010 grants range from approximately $177,000 to $1.25 million and have a maximum five-year performance period. The projects are located in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Utah and Washington.
“Science centers and planetariums contribute significantly to engaging people of all ages in science, technology, engineering and math,” said James Stofan, acting associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Education. “NASA wants to give the informal education community access to a variety of agency staff and resources while offering professional development opportunities for informal science educators and encouraging the formation of collaborative partnerships.”
The selected projects are the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; the Children’s Museum of Hartford, Conn.; the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; the Louisiana Art & Science Museum; the Maryland Science Center; the Science Museum of Minnesota; the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio; Thanksgiving Point Institute in Utah; and the Pacific Science Center’s Willard Smith Planetarium in Seattle.
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