COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus State University's Coca-Cola Space Science Center has announced a partnership with NASA's Kennedy Space Center.
They are planning to develop a program that will teach high schoolers how to design and manufacture vehicles for Mars using 3D printing technology.
The program IMEET – which stands for Innovation Mars Exploration Education and Technology – is funded by a $1.25 million NASA Museum Alliance Grant.
Shawn Cruzen, executive director of the museum, says it's part of the university's commitment to STEM education.
"It fits exactly with our mission and our mission is to help develop the next generation of scientists and engineers and science educators, that are going to be the future of America science programs and what this program is going to allow us to do use the context of building rovers that are going to Mars," Cruzen said.
CSU is one of four sites selected to implement the grant's curriculum. The other sites are South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, Museum of Aviation Education Center, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Georgia Tech will be responsible for the development of the program's curriculum and workshop instructions.