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Summer of Innovation Mini Grants available !!!
Applications Due May 22, 2011!

Complete details and the application for these grants are located at http://soi.spacegrant.org

The National Space Grant Foundation is working with the NASA Summer of Innovation office to administer the awarding of approximately 200 mini-grants to community and school based organizations that inspire and engage middle school students in STEM disciplines during the summer or in after school programs. Eligible organizations include but are not limited to Boy Scout troupes, Girl Scout troupes, YMCA programs, science centers, museums, libraries, school clubs and any other community or school based organization. The target audience is middle school students and/or teachers of middle school students especially those involved with underrepresented and underserved populations.

This project is designed to support student interest in STEM by strengthening the capacity of organizations or schools that inspire and engage middle school students particularly female, minority, or high poverty students and enable these previously overlooked organizations to present Summer of Innovation content and themes in an efficient and cost effective manner.

The mini-grants will be awarded at about $2,000 - $2,500 per grant. The awarded organization will be expected to present 6 hours of NASA STEM content to middle school students or delivery of an educator workshop (for certified teachers, pre-service teachers, or informal education community) featuring NASA Summer of Innovation content or themes. They may do this through modification of an existing event or through planning a new event. The time line for these activities should be during the summer or early fall of 2011.

Complete details and the application for these grants are located at http://soi.spacegrant.org