NASA’s science mission directorate will award $42 million in cooperative agreements to 27 universities and research institutions to develop new approaches in order to encourage students to participate in NASA’s science, technology, engineering and math education programs.
Selected organizations will craft programs that support activities in heliophysics, Earth science, planetary science and astrophysics under the cooperative agreements, the space agency said Saturday.
“STEM education is the enabler of future space exploration and these awards, together with efforts in NASA’s Office of Education and other partners, will advance STEM efforts in this country, improve U.S. scientific literacy, and help to inspire our nation,” said John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s SMD.
NASA plans to announce specific monetary awards later this year and awardees include:
- Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission
- Arizona State University
- Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Inc.
- Challenger Center for Space Science Education
- Gulf of Maine Research Institute
- Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- National Institute of Aerospace Associates
- Northern Arizona University
- Science Museum of Minnesota
- SETI Institute
- Southern Illinois University
- Southwestern Community College
- Space Science Institute
- Space Telescope Science Institute
- University of Alaska
- University Of Colorado
- University of Michigan
- University of Texas
- University of Toledo
- University of Washington
- Wayne County Intermediate School District
- WGBH Educational Foundation