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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 12, 2010

The McAuliffe Center at Framingham State College has been awarded a NASA Summer of Innovation grant in the amount of $100,000. The funding will allow the McAuliffe Center to partner with the Center for Engineering Education Outreach (CEEO) at Tufts University to co-develop a realistic, middle school LEGO robotics program based on the real life NASA space exploration, specifically, planetary rovers.

Statehouse Press Conference

McAuliffe Center Director, Mary Liscombe stated that the funding will be used to provide professional development programs in robotics for Massachusetts teachers, FSC preservice teachers, and middle school students. “Hopefully, this will inspire students to include more STEM subjects in their educational and career choices.”

NASA is partnering with the Space Grant Consortia of Idaho, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Wyoming in the Summer of Innovation initiative to use the agency's out-of-this-world missions and technology programs to boost summer learning, particularly for students who are underrepresented and underperforming in the STEM academic areas (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State College is an affiliate of Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium.

Massachusetts is one of four states selected by NASA, from the agency's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program consisting of 52 education consortia in 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, to use the agency's missions and technology programs to boost summer STEM learning for middle school students and teachers in a pilot program this summer. 

Photo Credit Eugena Ossi, Office of Governor Deval Patrick

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