NASA Awards $10M STEM Grant to Boston’s WGBH

PBS station to use money to develop teaching tools
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BOSTON–NASA will be allocating approximately $10 million over the next five years to the Boston pubcaster WGBH to develop models and tools for teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The “Bringing the Universe into America’s Classrooms” initiative will finance the design of digital resources including videos, interactives, data visualizations and lesson plans —infused with NASA and public media STEM material—geared for students K-12. The resources will be distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia.

Rachel Connolly, WGBH’s Director of STEM Education, will oversee the WGBH team’s overall strategy and implementation as the projects Principal Investigator. WGBH will also use the grant to partner with several top educators, including Dr. Martin Storksdieck, who will serve as a Co-Investigator, from the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning at Oregon State University. Harvard University will be a partner as well, employing their WorldWide Telescope Ambassadors program and their Professor of Astronomy, Dr. Alyssa Goodman, who will also serve as a Co-Investigator. The Science Mission Directorate agency of NASA selected WGBH for the grant.