NASA extends research program with $6 million grant to Texas State

Jayme Blaschke, Director of Media Relations | August 1, 2019

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SAN MARCOS – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extended the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA STEM EPDC), led by the College of Education at Texas State University, through 2021 with a $6 million grant.

Araceli Martinez Ortiz and Leslie Huling with the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State will oversee the grant. This is a continuation of the previously funded, five-year, $15 million NASA STEM EPDC project, which reached more than 275,000 educators.

Texas State's NASA STEM EPDC project is a research-based effort designed to support NASA's STEM engagement and educator professional development strategies at a national level. The project's mission is to understand the impact of creating educator communities of learners who are guided in the use of NASA's educational resources. The research also seeks insight on curricular and teaching factors that might motivate diverse student audiences to prepare for, and consider pursuing, STEM fields of study. 

NASA STEM EPDC includes more than 20 Texas State faculty and staff who work with students and educators at all levels to share STEM learning experiences through NASA STEM contexts. 

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Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 192,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world.

For more information, contact University Communications:

Jayme Blaschke, 512-245-2555

Sandy Pantlik, 512-245-2922