NASA awards USD 1.4m to develop new STEM courses at colleges serving minorities

NASA has announced it has given USD 1.4m in cooperative agreement awards to help colleges focused on enrolling minority and low-income students develop new STEM courses, the agency said.

The MUREP Innovations in Space Technology Curriculum (MISTC) awards align with the priorities of the agency´s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), which is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities the agency needs for current and future missions.

The selected minority-serving community colleges and their course ideas are Bronx Community College, New York; College of the Desert, Palm Desert, California; Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California; Passaic County Community College, Patterson, New Jersey; Prince George´s Community College, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Awardees will partner with a NASA center or facility to accomplish the goals and objectives of MISTC over a 15-month period of performance, for up to USD 330,000.