NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) (PRESOL)

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Primary Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Deadline: 6/24/2002



DUE 062402

POC Lynn A Marra, Student Support Program Officer, Phone (202) 358-1529, Fax (202) 358-3032

NASA/HQ's Office of Human Resources and Education, Code FE announces a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting proposals to establish a collaboration between NASA and a host organization to further develop and implement the NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP). The NSIP serves as a major national educational program addressing the widespread need of American students for greater scientific, mathematics, technological, engineering, and geography (SMTEG) literacy.

NSIP is a program of six competitions linking students in grades K-12 directly with NASA's mission of exploration, research, and discovery. Students prepare entries as individuals, as teams, or as a whole class, depending on the competition category and grade level. The NSIP is an enrichment experience for both students and teachers. It provides educators with instructional material and classroom-ready resources that support an inquiry-based approach to science, math, technology, engineering, and geography education. In preparing their investigations for submission to NSIP, students sharpen their inquiry, problem solving, and creative writing skills. NASA is looking for a partner with education service experience to design competitions that focus on and include students in upcoming or existing missions within the NASA Enterprises in order to keep all research timely and applicable. More information on this year's competition, is available on the NSIP website listed below.

Each NSIP competition category has a Resource Guide that provides instructional materials, tips, and resources for using in investigations and design challenges. These materials support national standards, state frameworks, and local school curricula. NASA seeks a synergistic program that focuses on NASA's missions, facilities, human resources, and programs to provide information, experiences, and research opportunities for students to support the enhancement of knowledge and skills in the SMTEG fields. NASA is seeking a partner with the infrastructure and credentials to support a national science based student involvement program for participants ranging from Kindergarten through Grade 12. The program will reach into all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and in schools of United States overseas civil and military establishments, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and outlying United States territories.

Our partner will develop, implement, enhance, and administer an innovative educational program and approach that will: (a) involve a great diversity of participation among schools, students and teachers; (b) balance gender participation and increase ethnic diversity of competition participants; and (c) provide age appropriate experiences that uses scientific inquiry and critical thinking skills to positively influence student learning. This CAN represents an effort to develop a program that encourages all students to work toward scientific literacy through the motivating competitions on topics of aerospace. More information on the current program can be found at the following web site: Only one cooperative agreement will be awarded as a result of this CAN. Participation is open to all firms, partnerships, and consortia. Recipients shall not be paid a profit.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item or service using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. The anticipated release date of the CAN is late May 2002 with an anticipated proposal due date of late June 2002. The solicitation and any documents related to this procurement will be available on the NASA Headquarters Web site. Prospective offerors shall notify this office of their intent to submit an offer. It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential Offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes can be viewed at the following URL: Email

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