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North Carolina students preparing for space

What kid doesn’t dream of being an astronaut? A new North Carolina program aims to prepare students for the STEM fields they would need to make that dream come true.

It’s called the NC Space Grant K-12 Professional Development Program. It funds and provides professional development for educators to help them better foster students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to an e-mail from Sandy Canfield, assistant director for Partnerships and Resource Development with the NC Space Grant.

By laying this foundation, the program is getting students ready to one day get a job in “NASA-related fields,” the e-mail said.

Here’s how it works. The Grant has $35,000 for three to five awards, with a max of $7,000 per individual award. Those places that apply are expected to match the grant.

So, if you’ve got the funds and your sight locked on the stars, start preparing your proposal. You have through March 4, 2014, and you can expect an answer by April 20.

Download Request for Proposals

Alex Granados

Alex Granados is senior reporter for EducationNC.