WASHINGTON, D.C. —New federal funds have been awarded to the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) to establish a gallery highlighting the work of NASA Glenn’s accomplishments in aeronautics and aerospace, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today. In January 2012, Brown led members of the Ohio delegation on a bipartisan letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden requesting the funding for the GLSC.
“As the official home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, the Great Lakes Science Center plays a tremendous role in educating families, students, and tourists to the Cleveland area about the accomplishments of the NASA facility in our backyard,” Brown said. “The new Aeronautics and Aerospace gallery will help inspire our students to pursue educational and career paths in science and math while helping drive additional visitors to the Great Lakes Science Center.”
The funding, which totals $900,000, is part of 18 projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding in 2012. The projects consist of 11 informal education providers and seven NASA visitor centers that will share $10 million in grants through NASA's Competitive Program for Science Museums and Planetariums Plus Opportunities for NASA Visitor Centers and Other Informal Education Institutions. Brown was a member of a committee that worked on the final version of the Fiscal Year 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, and helped include the funding for the NASA program in the legislation.
According to NASA, proposals were selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed process from the 63 proposals received. Institutions from 30 states and the District of Columbia competed.
A copy of the letter Brown led to NASA in January 2012 can be seen here.