NASA has contacted the City to discuss the development of a collaboration for education and workforce development. The collaboration will include participation in STEM education - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - through a program called LIFTS.
LIFTS stands for Library Initiative for Teachers and Students. According to NASA’s website, the program infuses NASA aeronautics education materials into public library systems. It includes educator resource guides and aeronautics reference materials, called the NASA Library Kit.
“The kits are supported with various social and digital media components for easy access including dedicated on-line resource catalogs, dedicated webpages at the librry with links to other NASA resources and education pages, and access to events and opportunities,” according to the NASA website.
“Another potential benefit of collaboration relates to opportunities for partnerships among NASA, the City (and its airport), and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, oriented to economic development,” said McConnell. “Additional dialog is anticipated with the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in california on these opportunities.”
NASA in Arizona
In 1987, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was established by Congress to contribute to the nation’s science enterprise. The Arizona Space Grant Consortium mission is to expand opportunities for Americans to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs.
Recently, University of Arizona played a key role in the OSIRIS-REx launch and is an integral part of the mission.