WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) — NASA says it is joining the Space Grant Consortia of Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming in a program to entice pupils into “critical disciplines.
The Summer of Innovation project is designed to use the space agency’s missions and technology to boost summer learning, particularly for students who are underrepresented and underperforming in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“NASA is partnering with these states in a pilot program to address our nation’s critical science, technology, engineering and math education needs,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, a former astronaut. “Summer of Innovation pairs the strengths of the states with NASA’s unique resources to engage more young people and their teachers and inspire and equip them to excel in these critical disciplines.”
The space agency says it will award four cooperative agreements valued at approximately $5.6 million for the project involving thousands of middle school teachers and students in stimulating math and science-based education programs.
NASA said its goal is to increase the number of future scientists, mathematicians and engineers, with an emphasis on broadening participation of low-income and minority students.
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