Bronx Community College Receives Over $300k Through NASA Grant

The spacecraft carrying humans beyond the Earth and to Mars and the stars might might be designed by someone in The Bronx thanks to a grant from NASA to Bronx Community College.

BCC will receive over $300,000 to develop new STEM courses that will allow students to participate in NASA-related projects announced Congressman José E. Serrano.

See the full press release below:

Congressman Serrano Announces $300,000 NASA Grant for Bronx Community College’s New STEM Courses

Aug 2, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that Bronx Community College in the Bronx will receive $317,098 in funding to develop and offer new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses through the NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP).   These courses provide minority and low-income students with the opportunity to participate in NASA-related STEM workshops.  The goal of the project is to help prepare, train, and develop NASA’s future workforce.

“The STEM fields will only continue growing in importance in coming years. By engaging minority serving institutions like Bronx Community College, NASA is helping ensure that every child has access to the education and training they need to pursue careers in the STEM fields and at NASA itself regardless of social or economic background. This funding is an investment in our future generations, in NASA’s future capabilities, and in our future scientific competitiveness.  As the Ranking Democrat on the appropriations subcommittee that funds NASA, I have prioritized efforts to expand opportunities for our most talented individuals from all communities to enter the STEM fields,” said Congressman Serrano.

Bronx Community College was one of five education institutions selected for this grant award. More information on their initiative from NASA’s grant award notification is below:

Bronx Community College, New York The courses proposed by this school are geared toward enrolling minority and low-income students to participate in a series of hands-on and field-based workshops. The workshops will focus on inquiry-based geospatial technology and STEM activities developed by using NASA’s online data repositories and state-of-the-art equipment available through partner institutions. The participants will learn to analyze Earth observation data, develop automated feature extraction tools, and perform image analysis and classification.

For information about NASA’s education programs, visit:


Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.  He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

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