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ASU selected as NASA science education partner for STEM projects

September 25, 2015

Arizona State University is one of the 27 organizations from across the United States selected by NASA to take the next steps in negotiating its role in the new strategic approach to more effectively engage learners of all ages on NASA science education programs and activities.

Selectee activities will support Earth science, astrophysics, planetary science and heliophysics.

In its proposal, ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration leveraged its proud history of developing and running NASA education programs and its research strengths and expertise in the space sciences.

“We at ASU are so excited to work with NASA on helping their incredible science reach more schools and more students. We’re deeply committed to reaching K-12 students with the science we work on every day, so this opportunity to work with NASA and broaden the reach to the whole country is thrilling to us,” said Lindy Elkins-Tanton, director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration. She will be leading ASU’s efforts.

Negotiations for specific monetary awards now will begin and final awards are expected to be made by the end of this year. Agreement awards can run up to five years, with an additional five-year option.

“With the nation’s emphasis on science and engineering, critical thinking and project-based learning, this is the time to really deploy all the excitement and fascination that NASA missions and science have to offer. NASA’s work is a tremendous platform for reaching and inspiring the next generation,” said Elkins-Tanton.

With a portfolio of approximately 100 science missions, NASA's commitment to education places special emphasis on increasing the effectiveness, sustainability and efficient utilization of SMD science discoveries and learning experiences. Goals also include enabling STEM education, improving U.S. scientific literacy, advancing national educational goals, and leveraging science activities through partnerships.

NASA’s education programs help inspire and support students from elementary school to college level, and beyond. The agency has provided lifelong learners around the globe the information to become science and tech-literate, a key asset being the inspiration NASA missions provide.

To view a list of the 27 selected organizations, visit: