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July 26, 2013

NASA to fund local science program

PLATTSBURGH — NASA has selected the North Country STEAM partnership as one of 172 programs nationwide to receive funding for space programming.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) comprises Cornell Cooperative Extension of Clinton County, Champlain Valley Transportation Museum and SUNY Plattsburgh.

The newly funded program will focus on engaging middle-school students in scientific discovery and space exploration through participation in NASA-related STEM content lessons.

The grant will fund three programs in the North Country:

Space Days: The local partnership will host a two-day event in September where students and their families will learn about space, rocketry, astronomy and science process skills.

Educator Workshop: In August, area educators (pre-service teachers, current teachers and informal teachers) are invited to participate in a three-hour workshop that will cover inquiry-based learning, science process skills and a practicum on how to deliver NASA’s Sol material.

Mobile Museum: The North Country STEAM Partnership will bring a Mobile Museum Space program to three middle-school classrooms or community-based sites this fall and conduct a one-hour, space-based, interactive program.

For more information, contact Alexa King at 561-7450 or Lisa LaFountain at 566-7575.

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