ECSU gets $320K NASA grant for STEM


Elizabeth City State University's NASA Mobile STEM Lab, shown in this Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, will be used to provide more STEM education to students in grades K-12 across the region.


From staff reports

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Elizabeth City State University has been awarded a NASA grant of more than $320,000 to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics education among K-12 students in the region.

The grant supports the university's NASA MUREP Aerospace Academy of Northeastern North Carolina. The NASA Minority University Research and Education Program Aerospace Academy selected seven Minority Serving Institutions across the U.S. for cooperative agreement awards totaling nearly $2.3 million. The grants will be used to build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12 students to pursue STEM careers.

ECSU Technology Department Chairman Kuldeep Rawat said the funds will be spent over two years and assist the university in reaching out to students across its 21-county service area. Throughout the year ECSU will host a number of academy projects for students, including its summer and on-site programs using ECSU’s NASA Mobile STEM Lab.

“We have programs for students in all of the counties,” said Rawat. “This includes the summer programs, the aviation labs, and the mobile STEM lab.”

ECSU will adopt a grade-appropriate NASA curriculum to enhance authentic and experiential learning experiences through the integration of 3D printing technology, virtual reality simulation, unmanned aerial vehicle design, mobile robotics, computer programming, and sensor-based measurement systems.

The hands-on activities are designed to inspire and engage students in problem-based learning and scientific inquiry.

NASA provides financial assistance to minority-serving institutions with MUREP’s competitive awards. These institutions recruit and retain underrepresented and under-served students, including women, girls, veterans and persons with disabilities, into STEM fields.