NASA has recognized 12 NASA Explorer Schools
from 11 U.S. states for their contributions to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education in the 2012-2013 school year.
All 12 schools will receive a NASA certificate of recognition that includes an American flag that was flown in space. Six of the 12 also submitted successful proposals to a recent NASA Explorer Schools solicitation and will receive a $5,000 grant to help implement a STEM project in their classrooms by April 2014.
The schools identified as leaders in STEM education and selected to receive a NASA Explorer Schools Honor Award are:
- Forest Lake Technology Magnet, Columbia, S.C.
- Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, Conn.
- Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Glendale, Calif.
- Mack Benn Jr. Elementary School, Suffolk, Va.
- Franke Park Elementary School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Ferndale Middle School, High Point, N.C.
The six schools also receiving a $5,000 grant are:
- Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh, N.C.
- Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, Ariz.
- Stoney Creek High School, Rochester Hills, Mich.
- St. Mary's Visitation School, Elm Grove, Wis.
- Corpus Christi Catholic School, Chambersburg, Pa.
- Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Germantown, Tenn.
Diane DeTroye, NASA's director of STEM engagement in Washington, says, "By using NASA educational resources
, innovative teachers brought new approaches to their classrooms to engage their students in STEM studies."
A team of NASA education professionals selected these 12 schools for their exemplary classroom practices and innovative uses of NASA educational content to engage a broad school population in STEM activities.
The NASA Explorer Schools project infuses STEM content related to the agency's missions and programs into classroom lessons for students in grades 4-12.