Pacific Science Center lands NASA grant for STEM education

nasaThe Pacific Science Center has been named as a recipient of a NASA Collaboration Grant to help it promote STEM education in Seattle.

In particular, the museum says that the grant will fund “programming that will increase awareness, knowledge and understanding of remote sensing technologies, associated disciplines, and their relevance to NASA.”

The grant is valued at more than $800,000, and is one of ten such grants awarded to museums. Other recipients include the Virginia Air and Space Center and the Miami Science Museum. NASA said that the programs it’s helping to create with those grants are key to promoting science and technology literacy with kids, and ensuring that the agency has future talent.

“Informal education providers play a key role in NASA Education’s effort to make interactive STEM experiences available to students and the general public,” Leland Melvin, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Education, said in a press release. “Using compelling NASA content, they create fun, hands-on learning activities that help us stimulate greater interest in STEM. Increasing STEM literacy in students today is crucial to having the talent NASA will require for future missions of science and discovery.”