The Texas Space Grant Consortium has a long history of conducting space related Educational Programs at the K-12 level across the state and the nation. TSGC is currently soliciting proposals that are designed to enhance students understanding of the benefits of space exploration and space based research.
Texas Space Grant Consortium anticipates funding up to 4 new awards per year. The individual award will be up to $15,000 maximum, with a period of performance up to 24 months. Awards are overhead free.
The main objective of Texas Space Grant Consortium K-12 Education Programs is to enhance understanding and appreciation of the benefits of space exploration and space based research. TSGC's K-12 Education Programs goals are:
- Assist K-12 teachers in exciting their students to learn math and science though space based activities.
- Increase K-12 educator knowledge in space related fields.
- Increase K-12 students knowledge in math and science through space related activities.
- Increase the public's appreciation for the direct and indirect benefits of NASA sponsored research.
- Direct programs to areas of the state that have the few space related resources.
TSGC has traditionally focused its K-12 Education Programs efforts upon the professional development of K-12 educators. This focus allows TSGC to highly leverage its programs to impact a large number of people.
NASA FY 2013 Space Grant Programmatic Priority Areas
- Diversity and Inclusion:
Move toward increased participation of MSIs and community colleges in all components of the National Space Grant program. Work to increase participation and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.
- Increase the capacity for the delivery of STEM content within the Colleges of Education. Anecdotal evidence exists to suggest there is untapped potential for Space Grant institutions to have a positive impact on precollege teacher preparation. Areas including support of new and/or revised STEM courses targeted to College of Education students (i.e. STEM courses for non-STEM majors) and involvement of subject-matter experts with College of Education are examples of this focus.
- Expand/Maintain emphasis to support professional development opportunities targeting middle-school educators. TSGC has traditionally focused its K-12 Education Programs efforts upon the professional development of K-12 educators. This focus allows TSGC to highly leverage its programs to impact a large number of people.
NASA Educator Professional Development Goal:
To deliver NASA-related, educational content to formal and informal educators through a variety of face-to-face and online methods for the purpose of improving STEM content knowledge, instructional effectiveness, and integration of NASA resources in their learning environments leading to the increased STEM literacy of their students.
Competition is open to individuals qualified to serve as principal investigators at TSGC members in good standing. Principal investigators must be US citizens. Proposal submission is limited to one per investigator per year.
In order to satisfy NASA grant matching requirements, the total awarded amount must be matched 1:1 in either in cash, in-kind support, or both, by the proposing institution(s). This 1:1 support must be documented and included in the proposal budget and signed by a cognizant institutional official.
TSGC encourages the participation of PI's who are women, under-represented minorities, or persons with disabilities.