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Sen. Mikulski Announces Funding for NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - Maryland's U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced long-awaited federal funding Thursday that will go to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Accomack County, Virginia.

$632,000 are set to go to the Visitor Center STEM In Action Project.

As Vice Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee and its Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Subcommittee, Sen. Mikulski has worked to include funding that supports that NASA, and Wallops mission to advance space science and discovery.

“From my first day, I was inspired by NASA,” Senator Mikulski said. “This grant is well-deserved and will allow Wallops to inspire the next generation of space enthusiasts." Mikulski added that the project will also "show kids that STEM isn't just the key to a good job and a promising future, but also fun."

The STEM in Action project is a collaboration between Wallops Visitor Center, Wallops Education Team, Virginia Space Flight Academy, and the Delmarva Space Sciences Foundation. The federal funding will allow Wallops to enhance and expand the existing programming and infrastructure of the Visitor Center, which has hit record levels because of resupply missions to the International Space Station that launch from Wallops.

The project supports upgrades to Visitor Center exhibits as well as STEM teachers to support the project. Wallops STEM in Action is one of three projects selected to build Mars exploration exhibits, provide educator professional development on space science and engineering, develop Mars-themed lesson plans for regional school districts, offer after-school activities and summer camps and establish space exploration community programs.

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