From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Debbie Kelley):
Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy in Colorado Springs School District 11 is one of five middle schools in Colorado selected to participate in a new environmental education program focused on the importance of water.
The program is being funded by a $132,400 grant the National Space Science & Technology Institute received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Participating schools have high percentages of students in demographics under-represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) higher education programs and career fields.
Other schools involved include Cortez Middle School in Cortez, Lake County Middle School in Leadville, Lamar Middle School in Lamar and Ortega Middle School in Alamosa.
The project will feature hands-on research on community concerns, with educational material selected in collaboration with science teachers.
To support the project, NSSTI will deploy its mobile STEM laboratory, the Mobile Earth & Space Observatory, to each school for Water Week, to expose students to scientific investigation associated with water concerns.