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EdVenture earns NASA grant

August 23, 2014

The Sun News (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)

Aug. 23--COLUMBIA, S.C. -- NASA has awarded an $893,308 grant to EdVenture Children's Museum to create a hands-on exhibit on the fundamentals of flight and the space agency's role in aeronautics.

It is one of 12 awards totaling more than $6 million given this year to encourage science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in informal settings such as museums. Last year, ScienceSouth in Florence was awarded $780,275 through the same program. NASA announced the 2014 awards this week.

The EdVenture proposal that earned the award calls for a permanent exhibit called Flying Higher, along with public and school programs and a teacher development effort. The museum will partner with Claflin University, a historically black college in Orangeburg, and Columbia College, a women's college in Columbia, to provide undergraduate training in informal science education.

"Research shows that for most Americans, only about 20 percent of their learning occurs in traditional school settings," said Mary Frances Sladek, director for STEM Education and Accountability in NASA'sOffice of Education. "The new opportunities offered by these museums and informal education institutions will use NASA content to amplify STEM concepts beyond the classroom."

Just across the parking lot from EdVenture, NASA contributed $2 million to the construction of the State Museum's new $23 million observatory, planetarium and 4D theater project, which opened last week.


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