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Orlando Science Center receives a 795K NASA grant for STEM youth engagement

ORLANDO, Fla. — NASA awarded the Orlando Science Center a $795,000 grant, the center said Tuesday.

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OSC said this grant will help promote a multiyear national partnership for STEM youth engagement in underrepresented communities across Orlando.

“We recognize that to have a substantial impact on the students in this community, we need to engage them in their neighborhoods with an authentic and consistent presence,” said JoAnn Newman, president and CEO of OSC.

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OSC launched an initiative called Neighborhood Science that is geared toward having quality STEM education programs in community centers and schools.

One of the first parts of the program will feature a STEM lab in Orlando’s Grand Avenue Community Center in Holden Heights.

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OSC said that through the continued support of STEM fields, the Neighborhood Science project will address the need for STEM careers in Florida and the need for diverse representation among females and people of color.

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The NASA award will also assist a collaboration effort between OSC, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Swampworks and the Grand Avenue Community Center.

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