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NASA Helps Students Reach for Stars

A $17,500 grant supports a math and science camp for college hopeful middle schoolers and their teachers.

Through a $17,500 grant from NASA, 175 Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement students from the San Diego area will attend special summer and after school programs.

This grant continues a partnership between the NASA Aerospace, Education, Research and Operations Institute and the organization as the space agency increases its involvement in education.

The newest grant is a part of the agency’s Summer of Innovation project to improve science, technology, engineering and math education for middle school students, especially those who are underrepresented and underserved.

Granting opportunities

The money will help fund a one-to-two-week summer program additional hands-on learning during the school year at 11 middle schools, and teacher training for advisors.

Lesson plans, along with aeronautics and rocketry lessons from NASA, will be used to teach students about math and science principles through projects such as making gliders, wind turbines and bridges. These hands-on projects allow students to apply in a fun way the math and science principles they learn in class.

Students will be chosen from participating middle schools in the SDSU MESA Schools Program. Sixty-six percent of students attending these schools are free and reduced school lunch recipients.

About Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement

Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement is an academic preparation and enrichment program that supports educationally disadvantaged students so they can become interested in math, science and engineering and earn degrees in those fields. The organization serves more than 15,000 pre-college students across the state as well as almost 6,000 community college and students in four-year institutions.

More information

Learn more about Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement

Learn more about about NASA’s AERO Institute

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