Earlier this month, NASA released its list of organizations that will receive funding for STEM education, one of which is in Connecticut.
The Mystic Seaport Museum and Planetarium is one of only two New England Fellows to receive a grant to promote student participation in STEM fields. Twenty-one museums, libraries, colleges and other groups have been selected to be part of NASA’s Community Anchor Program.
The Mystic team aims to engage high school students with hands-on programs, especially in underserved communities. Programs will be provided free of charge.
Due to the nature of the grant, Planetarium Supervisor Brian Koehler explains that the program will focus on two main themes, including the James Webb Telescope which is slated to launch this month as a successor to the Hubble.
“Over the next few years, it’s going to be a question of what the James Webb Telescope discovers and how it discovers it,” Koehler said.
Koehler adds that another highly anticipated NASA mission will be a focal point, “the second big theme will be the Artemis mission. These are the next manned missions to bring humans back to the moon.
Planning, development and testing will form the next few months before the official start of new programs for two selected schools next fall.
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