White House Astronomy Night Highlights Space, STEM Programs

deep_spaceThe 2015 White House Astronomy Night highlighted several private-sector and government programs that work to build interest in space exploration and the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The White House said Monday the event brings together scientists, astronomers, space enthusiasts, students and teachers to engage in learning activities and discuss developments in space technology.

President Barack Obama also unveiled new STEM programs from NASA, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the government of Boston in Massachusetts, Bayer, National PTA and others.

NASA will work with the Zooniverse community to identify targets for the future James Webb Space Telescope, as well as Tongal on the $20,000 Asteroid Grand Challenge.

The Mott and Noyce foundations will collaborate with several partner organizations on after-school and summer STEM learning programs across 31 states.

Boston will launch the five-year BoSTEM campaign to provide high-quality STEM learning to public middle-school students in the city, while Bayer and National PTA will work to deliver 100,000 STEM experiences to families across the U.S.

Astronomy Night also showcased developments in the administration’s Educate to Innovate campaign and NASA’s plans for Exoplanet Week.

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