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Appendix A: Legislative Authorities
Pages 55-60

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... The National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-285 and subsequent reauthorizations) established the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, which includes an education component "(A)
From page 56...
... . engineering education programs at all levels." It also authorizes NSF to promote and strengthen research and education in science and engineering, and awards "grants to associate-degree-granting colleges, and consortia thereof, to assist them in providing education in advanced-technology fields, and to improve the quality of their core education courses in science and mathematics." They are further authorized to award grants to establish mathematics and science education partnership programs with nonprofits and higher education institutions, with the goal of improving elementary and secondary mathematics and science instruction.
From page 57...
... -- Section 612 directs NASA to "develop or expand programs to extend science and space educational outreach to rural communities and schools." Section 615 directs the NASA administrator to "strive to ensure equal access for minority and economically disadvantaged students to NASA's education programs." Section 616 authorizes NASA to award grants and cooperative agreements with museums and planetariums for the enhancement of programs "related to space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity." NASA Authorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-422) -- Section 703 states that "NASA's educational programs are important sources of inspiration and hands-on learning for the next generation of engineers and scientists which should be supported." Section 704(a)
From page 58...
... America COMPETES Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-69) -- Section 4002 directs NOAA to "carry out and support research based programs and activities designed to increase student interest and participation in STEM." The section also calls for NOAA to "create and support opportunities for enhanced and ongoing professional development for teachers." America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-358)
From page 59...
... -- The Executive Order encourages NOAA to foster public understanding of the value of the ocean, coastal resources, and the Great Lakes. SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION An Act to establish the "Smithsonian Institution," for the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge Among Men (9 Stat.

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