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Lisa Collet Rodriguez
Director Digital Media/
Marketing Long Island Explorium
NASA Selects the Long Island Explorium to Receive the Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Community Anchor Award.
The Long Island Explorium is pleased to announce their selection as a recipient of the NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Community Anchor Award with their project “Seeking the Wisdom of the Stars to Help Understand Planet Earth.” The Explorium’s program will bring space exploration to traditionally underserved areas and broaden student participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
The Explorium has historically implemented programs on STEM topics that are wide-ranging. Angeline Judex, MPA, Executive Director, Long Island Explorium, explains, “We want all students of families of these areas and beyond to see science as a realistic and
feasible goal for discovery and career. STEM training supports the development of critical
thinking skills that can be used across industries and enhance career options by providing skills that are highly valued in the job market. Utilizing NASA’s content and materials, this program will expose hard‐to‐reach populations to STEM concepts centered on our solar system and space through NASA’s materials. Additionally, this program will be a catalyst in stimulating the interest of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and Latinx (BIPOCL) in STEM careers to strengthen the pipeline of future scientists and engineers and fill the representation gap in STEM careers.”
The Explorium is 1 of 21 of award recipients selected nationally representing 16 states and only 1 of 2 NY based organizations to receive this award. The designation as a community anchor recognizes an institution as a local community resource. The projects bring space exploration to traditionally underserved areas and broaden student participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Leaders of the selected projects will form the inaugural group of a NASA Informal Education Learning Cohort, organized by the NASA Museum and Informal Education Alliance.
“NASA has bold, long-term goals, so it’s critically important that we reach students where they are and create opportunities for them to experience those feelings of discovery and confidence that STEM engagement is really all about,” said Mike Kincaid, NASA’s associate administrator for STEM engagement. “The Community Anchor Awards will help us reach a diverse audience while sharing and supporting NASA’s missions and future plans.”
The Long Island Explorium will continue to address community needs related to STEM engagement by using and sharing NASA STEM engagement learning resources and opportunities. The designation includes funding to support the organizations’ proposals to strengthen their local STEM impact.
About the Long Island Explorium
The Long Island Explorium is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit and is chartered with the New York State Department of Education. Our vision is to be a leader in STEM discovery, learning, and innovation that will shape the intellect, social values, and principles of future generations. Our curriculum, exhibits, and educational approach are unique by design, developed to spark inventive solutions, build confidence by embracing the “fail forward” concept and foster teamwork. We are recognized as Long Island’s Family Maker Space. To learn more, visit www.longislandexplorium.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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“The material contained in this document is based upon work supported by a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant or cooperative agreement. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NASA.”