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Request for Proposals for New Mexico Space Academy STARS Grant Program

The New Mexico Museum of Space History’s educational division, New Mexico Space Academy, is requesting proposals for the STARS (Students and Teachers Achieving Real Science) Grant Program. The STARS program will make a total of six $500 grants in 2010 to be used towards bringing the New Mexico Space Academy’s traveling science education program to qualifying rural underserved schools within the state.

Institutions eligible to apply for the STARS grants include all public schools, charter schools, alternate schools and private schools within the state of New Mexico. The grant program is open to schools serving students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. More than one school within a particular PED district may apply. Rural underserved schools are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.

Grant program:

1)Eligible institution must be a school serving K-12 students within the state of New Mexico.

2)Applicant school must choose a science teacher or science curriculum director as POC (point of contact) and Alternate POC within the school. The POC will submit the grant and, if chosen, will coordinate the STARS program on site.

3)Grant application must be completed in full and returned to the New Mexico Space Academy prior to the grant deadline of April 9, 2010.

4)Eligible schools will use the grant to bring the New Mexico Space Academy’s traveling science education program to the school on one of the following dates: April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17 or May 24, 2010.

5)Grant funds will cover the complete cost of the education program, including travel, food and other expenses for Academy personnel.

6)The education program will include:
a.A one hour teacher workshop. Schools must guarantee a minimum of ten teachers attending the workshop, consideration will be made for schools with less than ten teachers on staff.

i.The workshop will include educational hand-outs, simple inexpensive science demonstrations for class room use and other teacher aid materials. All education information is aligned with and designed to compliment NM PED Standards and Benchmarks.
ii.The workshop can be held during, before or after school. The Academy will work with the selected schools to determine an appropriate time and length for the workshop.
iii.The workshop must be held on the same day as the educational program.

b.A three hour student demonstration block that may include all or some of the following:
i.Star Lab program
ii.Auditorium science show
iii.Individual class programs

c.The New Mexico Space Academy will work with the qualifying school to determine the best program available to meet the needs of the students.

7)Grants will be awarded on a points system:
a. Rural/underserved schools: 25 points
b. Demonstration of need: up to 25 points
c. School/community involvement: up to 25 points
d.Teacher/student participationt: up to 25 points

NM Space Academy STARS Grant Application Form (PDF)

For more information please contact:

Museum Education Dept.
Phone: (575) 437 2840 ext. 41132