June 10, 2009

NASA funds climate change education

The U.S. space agency says it will fund an $8 million program designed to educate people about global climate change.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration project will offer cooperative agreements to higher education institutions, state and local agencies, federally recognized tribal government agencies, public school districts and non-profit organizations.

The program is expected to leverage NASA's climate and Earth system science to enhance students' academic experiences and improve educators' abilities to engage and stimulate their students, the space agency said, noting it will provide access to its NASA Earth observation data and NASA Earth system models.

This funding opportunity supports NASA's goal to engage students in the critical disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, NASA said in a statement. Proposals that offer innovative approaches for using NASA resources in support of elementary, secondary, undergraduate and lifelong teaching and learning are sought.

Preliminary proposals are due by July 2, with full proposals to be submitted by Aug. 3.

More information is available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/viewrepositorydocument/cmdocumentid=192737/GCCE_NRA_2009_final.pdf.