Massachusetts to receive $1.5 million for NASA summer programs

May 11th, 2010 - 5:16 am ICT by BNO News  

BOSTON (BNO NEWS) – Massachusetts will receive $1.5 million funding from NASA to support summer enrichment programs for local students, Governor Deval Patrick announced on Monday.

The state has been selected as part of the NASA summer of innovation pilot program that will begin this summer for a three-year period. Six higher education institutes will use NASA’s mission and technology programs to boost summer learning in science, engineering, mathematics and technology specifically.

“Through this partnership with NASA, we are tapping into innovative resources right here in Massachusetts that will offer traditionally underrepresented students an opportunity to succeed in these exciting fields well into the 21st century,” said Patrick.

Massachusetts is one of four states selected for this program. Through these series of summer of innovation projects NASA will partner with local educators to reach broad and diverse population of students focusing in NASA’s robotics, Earth and space science, astrophysics and engineering missions. Six Massachusetts programs were selected for funding.

“The Summer of Innovation program will allow Massachusetts to capitalize on its greatest strength - its higher education institutions - to propel us closer towards our goal of greater STEM awareness and more young people pursuing STEM careers. By focusing on middle school teachers, we will have a greater chance of igniting inspiration for science and technology at an earlier age,” Senator Karen Spilka said.

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