The NYS GIS Association’s Communications Committee is pleased to bring you another installment of Members in the News! New York State GIS Association and GISMO member Dr. Sunil Bhaskaran of Bronx Community College is the recipient of a $300,000 NASA grant to support STEM programs in middle and high school! 


University Business, August 2, 2018: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced an award of more than $300,000 to Bronx Community College (BCC) for a two-year program that will contribute to the training and development of the future workforce of NASA and other high-tech employers. The grant will fund a collaboration with Medgar Evers College to engage middle school and high school students in innovative hands-on science through workshops, field activities and mentoring from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) scholars and professionals.

Each summer, Bronx Community College and Medgar Evers College will also train middle school and high school teachers to teach STEM disciplines using NASA Planetary Modeling Platforms and geospatial technology, a fast-growing field that turns data from satellites into information-rich maps useful to government, business and consumers. Geospatial technology is part of our everyday lives: in every automobile with a GPS mapping display, every smart phone, smart watch or smart television and in every component of the Internet of Things.

The program will be run at Bronx Community College by Dr. Sunil Bhaskaran, director of the College’s innovative Geospatial Center of the CUNY Crest Institute. Since Dr. Bhaskaran introduced the geospatial courses at BCC in 2014, 262 students have enrolled.  Article


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