Residents of Hampton Roads will soon benefit from a NASA grant just announced for NASA Langley's official visitors' facility, the Virginia Air & Space Center. The $589,423 award is for "STEMtastic: NASA in Our Community," a two-year project designed to educate and inspire teachers, students and lifelong learners to embrace NASA science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM content.
The project will increase awareness of NASA activities, while encouraging students to pursue careers that are critical to U.S. economic growth and NASA’s future missions. The Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) will partner with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and Analytical Mechanics Associates, Inc., also in Hampton, for the STEMtastic project.
"Informal education providers play a key role in NASA Education's effort to make interactive STEM experiences available to students and the general public," said Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator for education and former astronaut and NASA Langley engineer=. "Using compelling NASA content, they create fun, hands-on learning activities that help us stimulate greater interest in STEM. Increasing STEM literacy in students today is crucial to having the talent NASA will require for future missions of science and discovery."
The VASC grant is one of 10 NASA is awarding to informal education institutions in 10 states to further its goal of attracting more students to STEM careers. The institutions will share approximately $7.7 million in grants through NASA’s Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities.
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