[ESIP-all] FW: NASA Supports the President's Educate to Innovate Campaign with Summer of Innovation to Bring Students the Universe

Carol Meyer carolbmeyer at esipfed.org
Sun Jan 10 19:51:11 EST 2010

From: Maiden, Martha E. (HQ-DK000) [mailto:martha.e.maiden at nasa.gov] 
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Subject: FW: NASA Supports the President's Educate to Innovate Campaign with
Summer of Innovation to Bring Students the Universe

Subject: NASA Supports the President's Educate to Innovate Campaign with
Summer of Innovation to Bring Students the Universe

Jan. 6, 2010

Morrie Goodman
Headquarters, Washington
morrie.goodman at nasa.gov

RELEASE: 10-008


WASHINGTON -- NASA has launched an initiative to use its
out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer
learning, particularly for underrepresented students across the
nation. NASA's Summer of Innovation supports President Obama's
Educate to Innovate campaign for excellence in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

The Summer of Innovation program will work with thousands of middle
school teachers and students during multi-week programs in the summer
of 2010 to engage students in stimulating math and science-based
education programs. NASA's goal is to increase the number of future
scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, with an emphasis on
broadening participation of low-income, minority students.

"This is an incredible opportunity for our administration to come
together to address our nation's critical science, technology,
engineering and math education needs," said NASA Administrator and
former astronaut Charles F. Bolden. "Through Summer of Innovation,
NASA is calling on our financial and human resources to align with
federal, state, and local governments, nonprofit partners,
universities and teachers to expand the opportunity for more of our
young people to aspire to and engage in the future prosperity of our

Through competitive cooperative agreements to states, and partnerships
with companies and nonprofits, NASA will use its substantial STEM
assets -- including the agency's scientists and engineers -- to
create multi-week summer learning programs.

"NASA's Summer of Innovation will increase the scope and scale of the
agency's commitment to a robust program of STEM education
opportunities," said Joyce Winterton, assistant administrator for
education at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

The Summer of Innovation pilot will infuse NASA content and products
into existing, evidence-based summer learning programs at the state
level coupled with design competitions and events open to students
and teachers nationwide. The program will culminate in a national
event, in partnership with other departments and agencies.

NASA will use the Summer of Innovation as a catalyst to expand, align,
and strengthen existing state-based networks. Awardees will be
expected to implement the Summer of Innovation program and services
during 2010 through the strategic infusion of NASA content and
products into existing, evidence-based summer learning programs. The
pilot program will seek to improve STEM performance for a diverse
population of students, placing them on a trajectory to pursue
further studies in STEM fields throughout their education.

Contingent upon the availability of funding, NASA intends to
competitively select district partnerships in up to seven states to
pilot the Summer of Innovation during 2010. Awards will have a period
of performance of 36 months. Local programs will be required to
develop ways to keep students and teachers engaged during the school
year and to track student participants' performance through 2012.
Awardees will be encouraged to leverage the unique capabilities and
resources of program partners to ensure a sustainable effort
following the period of performance.

NASA will use the agency's National Space Grant College and Fellowship
Program to implement the Summer of Innovation pilot. The Space Grant
national network includes more than 850 affiliates from universities,
colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local
agencies supporting and enhancing science and engineering education,
research and public outreach efforts for NASA's aeronautics and space
projects. These affiliates belong to one of 52 consortia in all 50
states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Space Grant applications will be selected based on alignment with
Summer of Innovation goals and objectives. Accordingly, NASA has
determined that submitters for this opportunity must be Space Grant
Lead Institutions, and only one proposal per state will be accepted.

The Summer of Innovation Notice of Intent will be available online at
3 p.m. EST at:




For information about NASA's Education programs, visit:


For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:


For more information about Educate to Innovate, visit:



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