NASA Selects Idaho Space Grant Consortium for Summer of Innovation

Wednesday, May 11 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Idaho Space Grant Consortium has been selected as one of nine organizations selected by NASA for its Summer of Innovation Projects that begin in summer of 2011.

SOI programs are geared toward bringing NASA-centered science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to middle schools with high populations of students from underrepresented groups.

In May 2010, the ISGC was chosen as one of only four organizations to participate in the first round of SOI. For that particular round of funding, the ISGC received $868,284 for its proposal Idaho, Montana and Utah- Summer of Innovation: NASA Education and STEM Programs for Underrepresented Populations. This award is for a three-year program that began in the summer of 2010.

The new award funding, which begins this upcoming summer, will be for a period of two years and used in conjunction with the previous grant. The total of the nine cooperative agreements for these SOI partnerships total approximately $6.75 million. The portion that will be allotted to the ISGC is still to be determined.

Through this program, the ISGC will use funding to develop strong collaborations between school districts and informal education providers to excite and engage hundreds of students in high-quality learning experiences. They also will engage local teachers in professional development to support high quality instruction in STEM disciplines.

NASA’s goal is to increase the number of future scientists, mathematicians and engineers, with an emphasis on broadening participation by low-income and minority students.
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About the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium
The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium was established in 1991 as part of the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The ISGC comprises 22 institutions including all colleges and universities in the state, science centers and museums, science organizations, state departments, industry representatives, a state park, and a national monument.

Media Contacts: Becky Highfill, Program Coordinator, (208) 885-4934,; Brittany Harding, Communications Assistant, (208) 885-6030, Or on the web at

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