Google Backs Moffett Field Education Center

The Earth, Air and Space Educational Foundation (EASEF), a Silicon Valley non-profit corporation, today announced that it has received a commitment of funds and material support from Google, Inc. The development grant will help EASEF advance its goal of establishing a public use Collaboratory for science and technology education and cultural activities in the Silicon Valley region.

Created with a commitment to the restoration and revitalization of facilities at Moffett Federal Airfield, which includes facilities that comprise a National Historic District, the EASEF plans to establish a Grand Challenges Learning, Exhibition, Conference and Event Collaboratory on Moffett property. The support pledged by Google to EASEF includes a cash donation and commitment to help establish the proposed Collaboratory.

The Collaboratory will encompass STE(A)M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) classrooms; exhibition space related to the history of Moffett Field, NASA Ames and the evolving technology industries of the Bay Area; and exhibition and event space for public participation in discussion of the Engineering Grand Challenges and STE(A)M learning.

“We believe that the Collaboratory will meet real, unmet needs of many communities in the Silicon Valley region,” said Larry Ellis, founder and chairman of EASEF. “Our goals and vision have been well received in conversations with many appointed and elected officials at both the state and national levels, academic institutions and community groups, and we are really excited that Google, Inc. has endorsed this vision and will help make this facility a part of the Moffett revitalization.”

EASEF Vision

The Foundation envisions that in the 21st Century, facilities located at Moffett Federal Airfield will have a renewed role in the evolution of the Silicon Valley as a world-class science, technology and cultural hub, complementing its history as a center for advancement of aviation, space science, and information technology.

Established in 2010, the Foundation’s board includes members of the Save Hangar One Committee and the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board, two groups that have helped champion the preservation and re-use of the facility. EASEF is registered as a California Non Profit Corporation (IRS EIN 27-3148851), and holds IRS 501(c) (3) status.