Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington

Amy Johnson
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
RELEASE : 11-049
NASA Announces 2011 Innovations in Global Climate Change Education Awards
WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded $7.4 million (over 2.5 years; $2.8M in first year) in cooperative agreements to 14 minority-serving organizations across the United States to enhance learning through the use of NASA's Earth Science resources. The selected organizations include colleges and universities, nonprofit groups, and a community college.

The winning proposals illustrated innovative approaches to using NASA content to support elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching and learning, through lifelong learning. There is a particular emphasis on engaging students using NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models, as well as providing climate-related research experiences for teachers and undergraduate students.

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 14 proposals will fund organizations in Washington D.C. as well as in 10 states, including: California, Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. Winning proposals were selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The awards have a two and a half-year period of performance and range in value from about $230,000 to $860,000.

The cooperative agreements are part NASA's Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP). For a list of selected organizations and projects descriptions, click on "Selected Proposals" and look for "2011 Innovations in Global Climate Change Education" at:

For information about NASA's Education programs, visit:

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