The January 6, 2010 NASA media release NASA Supports the President’s Educate to Innovate Campaign with Summer of Innovation to Bring Students the Universe states that “NASA has launched an initiative to use its out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning, particularly for underrepresented students across the nation.”
The Summer of Innovation program by NASA is part of President Barack Obama’s campaign called Educate to Innovate.
The campaign is geared toward emphasizing the important roles that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has for the United States.
During the summer of 2010, NASA personnel involved with the Summer of Innovation program will work with thousands of middle school teachers and students in the STEM areas.
As such, NASA wants to “… increase the number of future scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, with an emphasis on broadening participation of low-income, minority students.”
Newly appointed NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, who is also a former astronaut, states, "This is an incredible opportunity for our administration to come together to address our nation's critical science, technology, engineering and math education needs."
Bolden adds, "Through Summer of Innovation, NASA is calling on our financial and human resources to align with federal, state, and local governments, nonprofit partners, universities and teachers to expand the opportunity for more of our young people to aspire to and engage in the future prosperity of our nation."
Page two concludes with more information on NASA's Summer of Innovation.