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NASA Selects 3 Museums for STEM Promotion Projects

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NASA‘s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions has awarded science, technology, engineering and math funds cumulatively valued at $2 million to projects of three educational museums.

The space agency said Wednesday the projects will go on for the next two to three years and are individually valued between $650,000 and $750,000.

Arizona Science Center will administer The Moon and Beyond: An Immersive Game for STEM Learning in Museums and Planetariums. This project seeks to provide a STEM experience based on the physical adventure game Escape Room.

Second, Florida-based museum Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will implement the Growing Beyond Earth Innovation Studio. This project seeks to provide a collaborative, botanic garden makerspace in support of NASA’s food production challenges.

Lastly, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center will conduct Apollo Redux: Inspiring Next Generations of Engineers and Scientists through use of Historic Mission Operation Control Room Consoles and Simfault Interactive Programs. This project seeks to provide interactive mission simulations and exhibitions with actual consoles used in the Apollo spacecraft’s mission control room.

NASA selected these projects from 43 entries via peer review.

The selected organizations will collaborate with other museums and educational institutions to administer exhibits, learning programs, multimedia and other interactive activities.

The space agency will involve its Museum Alliance, a network of informal education professionals, to work with the organizations.

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