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Thursday, 07 January 2010 07:19

NASA's Summer of Innovation launches for students with the STEM Stuff

The U.S. space agency NASA is launching its 2010 Summer of Innovation to attract students into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). If you want to go to space or to be part of space exploration, your best choices are in these areas of education.

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.

The assistant administrator for education at NASA Headquarters (Washington, D.C.), Joyce Winterton, adds comments to this important work of NASA in this area of STEM education.

Winterton states, "NASA's Summer of Innovation will increase the scope and scale of the agency's commitment to a robust program of STEM education opportunities.”

NASA hopes to “… competitively select district partnerships in up to seven states to pilot the Summer of Innovation during 2010. Awards will have a period of performance of 36 months. Local programs will be required to develop ways to keep students and teachers engaged during the school year and to track student participants' performance through 2012.”

To learn more about the program, and how to apply, please go to The Summer of Innovation Notice of Intent, which is available online at NSPIRES (NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System) and Grants.gov.

If you want to go somewhere in the Universe this summer of 2010, apply for The Summer of Innovation at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

With a good education, you could go as far as your dreams take you!

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