[ESIP-all] NASA informal education grant

Brian Rogan brogan at esipfed.org
Wed May 12 15:53:41 EDT 2010

NASA has released a grant of interest for education, specifically informal
education.   The basic description follows below with letters of intent due
August 18th and proposals due October 27th.  The specific link can be found


Brian Rogan
Director of Communication and Partnership
Foundation for Earth Science
15 Beecher Place
Newton, MA 02459
617 467 4348 phone
508 397 7119 cell

Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington
sonja.r.alexander at nasa.gov

Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington
ann.marie.trotta at nasa.gov

RELEASE: 10-111


WASHINGTON -- Innovative planetarium shows and traveling museum
exhibits are among nine projects NASA has selected to receive agency
funding this year. NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and
Planetariums will provide $7 million in grants to enhance educational
outreach related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science,
Earth science and microgravity.

This year's grants to nine informal education providers 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.
The selected projects will work with NASA's Shared Service Center in
Mississippi to complete the business review necessary before a NASA
award is issued.

"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 organizations will partner with NASA's Museum Alliance,
an Internet-based, national network of more than 400 science and
nature centers, planetariums, museums, aquariums, zoos and related
organizations. The projects will engage the public and educators by
providing NASA-inspired space, science, technology, engineering and
mathematics learning opportunities.

Congress initiated the Competitive Program for Science Museums and
Planetariums in 2008. The first group of projects began in 2009.
NASA's Office of Education and agency mission directorates
collaborated to solicit and review the grant applications.

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