NASA Grant Forms Partnership between JPL and YPI



Parent and students build a solar-powered car at Youth Policy Institute's the Joy of Discovery Family Expo. 

NASA has selected the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in Pasadena as one of the 27 organizations awarded a total of $42 million to implement NASA science education programs and activities.

As part of the new five-year NASA grant, YPI will be expanding its partnership with JPL by selecting two elementary schools and two middle schools from the Promise Neighborhood and Promise Zone to serve as implementation sites for four types of active, blended learning models that allow for progressively deeper engagement:

  • Spacebound EdVentures: gamified STEM problem-solving challenges;
  • Extreme Expeditions: virtual and in-person field trips;
  • Imagine Mars: project-based learning;
  • Educator Professional Development.

In addition, YPI will be providing a Math Coach to work with JPL-provided staff and link YPI’s STEM learning efforts, as well as hiring a Data Manager to collect and supply outcome-related data.

Read the full press release here.


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