Michigan Science Center Awarded NASA Grant

NASA’s TEAM II Program is providing Mi-Sci with new ways to connect students to the world of STEM and space science.
Photograph courtesy of the Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci) has been awarded a grant from NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) program and the TEAM II Community Anchor Awards, which are a part of NASA’s Next Generational STEM Initiative and operate with the intent of engaging students, caregivers, and educators in exploring NASA’s missions, the field of STEM, and space science education.

With this prestigious award, Mi-Sci will be able to provide more Michigan residents with access to STEM topics and connect them with Earth Science, aeronautics, and human space exploration, thus furthering the museum’s mission to “inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore, and appreciate science, technology, math, engineering and math (STEM) in a creative, dynamic learning environment.”

“We are delighted to be one of the recipients of the NASA TEAM II grant, said Michigan Science Center President and CEO Dr. Christian Greer, Ed.D. The funding “will enable [Mi-Sci] to bring the wonders of space science closer to our community and ignite a passion for STEM education among Michigan’s youth.”

The TEAM II program is awarding more than $3.8 million to 21 museums, science centers, and education institutions in the U.S. — with the hope of broadening student participation in STEM and engaging students in both space sciences and NASA as an organization. Mi-Sci is one of four institutions chosen for the TEAM II: NASA-Based Learning Opportunities program, with projects set to happen over the next three years.

Mi-Sci’s proposed project “Urban Skies – Equitable Universe: Using Open Space to Empower Youth to Explore Their Solar System and Beyond” intends to create opportunity for Detroit’s youth to engage in space science education. This project and its funding will enable Mi-Sci to host immersive community learning experiences, and help “empower [students] to unlock their potential and make significant contributions to the scientific advancements of the future,” according to Greer.

For more information about the Michigan Science Center, which was named one of the finalists for Hour Detroit’s 2023 Best of Detroit Museum, and its programs, visit mi-sci.org. Plus, visit HourDetroit.com for even more community news.