Science Museum in Minnesota signs contract with NASA
The Science Museum in Minnesota has signed a deal with the US space agency NASA to lead the new Space and Earth Informal STEM Education project (SEISE). The entity has received $14.5 million as a grant.
With a strong backing of the space agency, mainly as the knowledge and research source, the museum will come up with new exhibits, learning materials, activities and media to inspire next generations to participate in Space and Earth education.
The space agency has built a network, known as the National Informal STEM Education (STEM for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) along with the Science Mission Directorate. The main goal of the NISE Network infrastructure is to increase the capacity of museums to grasp the attention and involve public in numerous subjects linked to Planetary Science. First of all, it will include delivery of educational kits and material to exhibitions, and give platform to educators via workshops.
However, the space agency has now also included the likelihood of a direct donation to the museums to make them come up with their own education project. NASA has shortlisted 27 projects throughout the United States to sign agreements.
The total amount decided to invest in the enhancement of SEISE countrywide is $42 million. The motives include enabling STEM education, enhancing the US national education system and promotion of science via collaborations.
Alison Rempel Brown, the Science Museum’s president, asserted that NASA’s programs are vital not just for space exploration, but also for the US education and scientific learning. He also mentioned, “The Science Museum is a proven leader at making science concept inspirational and easy-to-understand” which makes the Science Museum of Minnesota the apt choice for NASA’s NISE Network.
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