NASA Selects Museums and Planetariums to Receive Education Grants
Participating organizations include museums, planetariums, Challenger Centers, aquariums, and other institutions of informal education. Selected projects will partner with NASA’s Museum Alliance, an Internet-based, nationwide network of more than 350 science centers, planetariums, museums, aquariums, zoos, observatory visitor centers, NASA visitor centers, nature centers and park visitor centers.
Inaugural projects in the program will engage learners of all ages as well as educators who work in formal or informal science education. The projects will provide NASA-inspired space, science, technology, engineering or mathematics educational opportunities, including planetarium shows and exhibits.
In conjunction with NASA’s Museum Alliance, the grants focus on NASA-themed space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science, or microgravity, or a combination of themes. Some projects will include partnerships with elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities.
The first group of projects is set to begin in fall 2009 in
Proposals were selected through a merit-based, external peer-review process. NASA’s Office of Education and mission directorates collaborated to solicit and review the grant applications. This integrated approach distinguishes NASA’s investment in informal education. NASA received 70 proposals from 32 states and the
Congress funded the Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums grants in 2008. Congress added additional funds in 2009 for new grants. NASA will issue a call for more grant applications later this summer.
For a list of selected organizations and projects descriptions, click on “Selected Proposals” and look for “Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums (CP4SMP)” or solicitation NNH08ZNE006N at:
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