Written by Sean Smith
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – a regular ASTC Annual Conference participant on a variety of levels – offered a look at “NASA Past, Present, and Potential Strategies in STEM” during an Exhibit Hall poster session this morning. Presenters included Mary Frances Sladek, director, STEM education and accountability program; Leslie Lowes, NASA informal education projects specialist; and Anita M. Sohus, competitive program for science museums, planetariums, and NASA visitor centers plus other opportunities (CP4SMPVC+) manager.
Among the programs highlighted were the aforementioned CP4SMPVC+, for which a new NASA Research Announcement was recently released. The popular grant program, for which ASTC members are encouraged to apply, closely aligns with the U.S. 5-Year Federal STEM Education Strategic Plan issued in 2013; proposals are due by December 7.
NASA also engages in “No-Exchange-of-Funds” collaborations with all types of entities – including international organizations and internationally-serving organizations – such as Mad Science and Destination Imagination. Coming soon from such a partnership is NASA’s “Journey of a Lifetime-Mars” planetarium program. See a sneak peek of the program here.
NASA representatives shared additional opportunities for ASTC members to learn more about the agency’s educational offerings. Because their education proposals rely on merit review by members of the STEM education community, ASTC members are often perfect candidates to become proposal reviewers. You are invited to share your qualifications, interest, and availability by registering yourself – or nominating a colleague – here. And if you want to stay up-to-date on all of NASA’s education offerings, be sure to sign up for “NASA Education Express,” a once-a-week message (honest!) delivered straight to your email address or Twitter account.