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NASA to Increase STEM Interest

May 14,2010 by: admin

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers children the opportunity to participate in contests , like racing miniature rovers and providing ample education opportunities for children in pre schools, to older students in high school , graduates and post graduates to generate more interest in technology, math, science and engineering, also know as STEM.

This process is aimed at developing more minds towards science and technology and to kick start students to a better educational future.

Braun advocated this new practice. Bobby Braun, Chief Technologist, an alumnus of NASA. He was also part of the LARSS project of 1986.

The LARSS project was in internship for student to study and work with scientists while receiving a monthly income and getting field work with their mentors. Braun advocates the program and says it is the key for a successful career with the biggest names, NASA included. “The LARSS program brought me to NASA Langley, introduced me to the space systems analysis and atmospheric flight mechanics disciplines, and pointed me in the right direction at the start of my professional career. NASA’s education programs service multiple purposes: attracting scientists and engineers; attracting and motivating many of the country’s best young minds into educational programs and careers in engineering and science; and serving as a component of the remedy to our nations scientific and mathematics literacy challenges.” Bobby Braun said.

Present Situation

The National Center for Education Statistics stated, Math and Science was to be placed on high priority as the standards were drastically low and lacked teachers. The program offered by NASA, will create an interest in students and faculty in the fields of science n technology and proposes to increase math interest and scores. NASA’s summer program, promises to improve student interest in science and help develop their minds.

“NASA’s summer of Innovation will increase the scope and scale of the agency’s commitment to a robust program of STEM education opportunities,” Joyce Winterton, from NASA reported.

To create interest, study must be fun,. So NASA created programs to build everything from field trips for students to .to solid educational programs.
NASA’s Moonbuggy Race held by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight challenges students from all age groups to create and construct they own versions of the moonbuggy and were to solve the engineering puzzles the Apollo 15 faced in 1971. They also have programs for students to create experiments which could be done aboard the ISS

High School Students at Langley Research Center , interested in STEM have the opportunity to apply for the VASTS program where student were involved in an online STEM program. Student performing impressively in the course have the opportunity to be part a weeklong program to build a design for, Mission to Mars.NASA looked for more students through the DLN which was an interactive program. This program offers students of all ages the opportunity to read about the various phenomenon of science for all ages, broadcasted monthly.

NASA with this program proposes to get students to have greater interest and to teach them about the world science holds open for us. Their programs aim to sharpen the minds of the future.


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