NASA has awarded $7.7 million in cooperative agreements to 17 colleges and nonprofit groups across the nation to enhance learning through the use of the space agency’s Earth science resources.
The winning proposals in the Global Climate Change Education Awards demonstrated innovative approaches to using NASA content in elementary, secondary and undergraduate teaching and lifelong learning. The proposals stressed involving students in NASA Earth observation data and Earth system models, and giving teachers and undergraduate students climate-related research experiences.
Each cooperative agreement is expected to leverage NASA’s contributions in climate and Earth system science. The grants support NASA’s goal of engaging students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and inspiring the next generation of researchers and explorers.
The 17 proposals will fund organizations in Washington, D.C., and 13 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Winning proposals were selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The performance period is up to three years, and awards range from $300,000 to $700,000.