NASA Kicks Off K-12 Competitive Grants


NASA has launched a new grant program targeted specifically toward K-12. Called the K-12 Competitive Grants Opportunity, the program is aimed at methods of improving teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at the middle school and high school levels.

The 2008 K-12 Competitive Grants program is looking for "innovate approaches to using NASA-themed content in support of secondary level teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on high school education," according to NASA. "Each funded proposal is expected to leverage NASA's unique contributions in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to enhance students' academic experiences and/or to improve educators' abilities to engage and stimulate their students."

Grants will be awarded in the areas of activities to support learning and instruction in high school and middle school; technologies related to disseminating and facilitating STEM education; and professional development for educators related to NASA content. All of these should be focused on the following outcomes: development, promotion, or utilization of innovative and replicable approaches to "improving STEM learning and instruction"; providing activities and experiences grounded in research; and creating bridges between secondary and post-secondary education.

NASA said it expects to award six to eight grants under the program in 2008 totaling between $750,000 and $1.5 million.

Step 1 proposals for the grant are due Aug. 22. Invited full proposals are due Oct. 27. Further information can be found here.

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