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NASA Announces Global Climate Change Education Grant Awards

May 13, 2009

NASA has awarded $6.4 million in grants to institutions of higher education and not-for-profit education organizations nationwide to enhance learning through the use of NASA’s Earth science resources.

Each grant is expected to leverage NASA’s unique contributions in climate science. The selected grant winners proposed ways to enhance students’ academic experiences or improve educators’ abilities to engage their students by providing opportunities to investigate the Earth system using NASA resources. 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 selected proposals illustrate innovative approaches to using NASA content in support of elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching and learning. There is a particular emphasis on engaging students using NASA Earth observation data and NASA Earth system models.

A total of 22 proposals were selected for funding to organizations in the District of Columbia and 14 states: Alaska, Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. The grants are part of a program Congress began in fiscal year 2008. 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 $140,000 to $500,000.

For a list of proposals selected for the “Global Climate Change Education” solicitation, visit: http://nspires.nasaprs.com

For information about NASA’s Education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education




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