Amy Johnson

RELEASE : 09-086
NASA Announces Global Climate Change Education Awards
HAMPTON, Va. -- Through NASA's Global Climate Change Education initiative, 15 organizations across the United States, including one in Alexandria, Va., will receive extra funding to help enhance their learning through the use of NASA's Earth Science resources.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Alexandria, Va., was chosen as one of the recipients. The Center plans to use the grant money to develop a set of engaging, interactive, learning activities that help middle school students learn about and explore climate change from an orbital perspective. The activities will be distributed for use across the 46 Challenger Learning Centers.

In total, $6.1 million in cooperative agreements was awarded to selected colleges and universities, nonprofit groups, museums, science centers and a school district. The Global Climate Change Education program is managed by NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

Each cooperative agreement is expected to leverage NASA's unique contributions in climate and Earth system science. These grants support NASA's goal of engaging students in the critical disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and inspiring the next generation of explorers.

The winning proposals illustrate innovative approaches to using NASA content to support elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching and learning, and encourage lifelong learning. There is particular emphasis on engaging students using NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models.

The 15 proposals will fund organizations in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Dakota, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Winning proposals were selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The awards have up to a three-year period of performance and range in value from about $170,000 to $650,000.

The cooperative agreements are part of a program Congress began in fiscal year 2008. For a list of selected organizations and projects descriptions, click on "Selected Proposals" and look for "Global Climate Change Education" at:

For information about NASA's Education programs, visit:

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