NASA Education Offers Summer of Innovation 'Mini-Awards'

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May 23, 2013

Michael Curie
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington

RELEASE: 13-154


WASHINGTON -- NASA's Summer of Innovation project is accepting 
proposals through Monday, June 10, from organizations that want to 
offer students science, technology, engineering and mathematics 
(STEM) educational experiences this summer.

NASA will grant "mini-awards" of as much as $2,500 each to encourage a 
wide variety of educational partners, such as museums, schools or 
school districts, and youth organizations to infuse existing summer 
and after-school student programs with STEM content.

"Fun and interactive learning experiences are a perfect way to keep 
students' minds sharp during the summer break," said Leland Melvin, 
NASA's associate administrator for education in Washington. "NASA 
centers and other national partners offer great Summer of Innovation 
opportunities, but the mini-awards allow smaller, non-traditional 
partners to inspire students in their local communities through 
creative educational activities."

In 2012, NASA's Office of Education gave more than 200 mini-awards to 
groups, such as scout troops, church summer camps and similar 
community-based organizations. The agency expects to issue between 
180 and 200 awards this year.

The Summer of Innovation project is designed to improve skills and 
enhance American middle school students and educators' engagement 
with STEM disciplines. It provides hands-on learning opportunities 
and professional development activities through educational 
activities unique to NASA during the summer. Summer of Innovation is 
a key component of the agency's broader education program to increase 
student interest in STEM courses, particularly among those in 
underserved sectors of the academic community.

To learn more about Summer of Innovation and apply for a 2013 
mini-award, visit:

To learn more about NASA Education, visit: 


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