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K–12 & Public Outreach Programs
K–12 Professional & Curriculum Development Program
One of the Consortium goals is to enhance the interests and enthusiasm of students in science, engineering, and space-related disciplines. To achieve this goal, the Consortium invites organizations and qualified individuals to design and implement outreach projects in the science area for each academic year. Please note that the main emphasis should be on teacher development, not class activities. Projects could include classroom-based activities or professional development opportunities for teachers. Attending and disseminating learning from professional development conferences is also encouraged. Proposals are reviewed by the Board, which makes the final selections. Awards are made for a one-year period. Criteria for selection of these projects, among others, will include: long-term viability of the activity, depth and breadth of impact on students, and the degree of adherence with the state's STEM standards and reform initiatives, specifically, alignment with WV Content Standards and Objectives, alignment with national math and science standards, and plans for evaluation and publicizing the results of the project. Inclusion of plans and special effort to bring in minorities and women to actively participate and benefit from the project will be considered a plus and is highly encouraged.
WVSGC Extension and Public Outreach Program
The vision of the WVSGC is to involve the public in the excitement of scientific discovery, emphasizing the importance of STEM education, and bringing the Vision for Space Exploration to the grassroots level. This program provides funds to develop new and innovative outreach programs in West Virginia. Examples of such programs are: conferences that promote the understanding, education, development, and utilization of space, seminars that encourage interdisciplinary training and research in aerospace-related fields, which train professionals for careers in STEM-related fields.