NASA has recently announced 2010 Global Climate Change Education Awards that looked for proposals that exemplified innovative approaches to using NASA content in elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching, and lifelong learning. In an attempt to enhance learning using its Earth science resources, NASA has recently awarded $7.7 million in cooperative agreements to 17 organizations across the United States. The organizations benefiting from the grant include colleges and universities, nonprofit groups, and a community college.
The 17 winning proposals selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition emphasized engaging students in NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models, and providing climate-related research experiences for teachers and undergraduate students. With this grant, NASA aims to engage students in the critical disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and inspire the next generation of researchers and explorers.
The 17 proposals will fund organizations in Washington, D.C., and 13 states that include California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Three years time is allotted for performance and awards range in value from $300,000 to $700,000. Each of these 17 agreements can be seen as a great way to power NASA’s unique contributions in climate and Earth system science.
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