Elizabeth City State University has been awarded a NASA grant for more than $320,000, funding outreach for STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education, conducted by the NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy of Northeastern North Carolina.

The NASA Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Aerospace Academy (MAA) selected seven Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) for cooperative agreement awards totaling nearly $2.3 million. The grants will be used to build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12 students to pursue STEM careers.

Technology Department chair, Dr. Kuldeep Rawat, says the funds will span two years and assist ECSU in reaching out to students across the university’s 21-county service region. Throughout the year ECSU will host a number of academy projects for students, including its summer programs and on-site programs using ECSU’s NASA Mobile STEM Lab.

“We take programs to students in all of the counties,” said Rawat. “This includes the summer programs, the aviation labs, and the mobile STEM lab.”

ECSU will adopt a grade-appropriate NASA curriculum to enhance authentic and experiential learning experiences through the integration of 3D printing technology, virtual reality simulation, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design, mobile robotics, computer programming, and sensor-based measurement systems.

The hands-on activities are designed to inspire and engage students in problem-based learning and scientific inquiry.

NASA provides financial assistance to minority serving institutions with MUREP’s competitive awards. These institutions recruit and retain underrepresented and underserved students, including women, girls, veterans and persons with disabilities, into STEM fields.

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Originally posted August 14, 2018.