Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Education. Discussion »
CROWNPOINT, NEW MEXICO NASA will be bringing the Traveling Space Museum to Navajo Technical University on September 18 to stimulate an interest in science for students of the Navajo Nation.
The Traveling Space Museum was first introduced in 1998 when it brought full-scale and fully functional simulators to schools across the country to inspire students to study science and math curricula. Because of it's success in educating the youth, the California Space Authority named the Traveling Space Museum the winner of its' "Buzz Aldrin Space Education & Workforce Award" in 2008.
“It's exciting to have the Traveling Space Museum visit the Navajo Nation especially since Navajo Technical University is really starting to focus much of its academics in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic fields,”
stated Navajo Tech's educational outreach director, Alice Carron.
“This is going to be a great community event that hopefully gets people excited about NASA and the many possibilities of space exploration.”
The Traveling Space Museum will be open to the public free of charge at the university's Information Technology building and will highlight 14 exhibits including a display of NASA's TSM Hovercraft and F-117 Flight Simulator. It will begin at 9 am as part of Navajo Tech's four-day "Birth of a University" celebration and will end promptly at 4:00 pm.
Navajo Technical University was established in 1979 as one of two tribal colleges located on the Navajo Nation and officially became a university two weeks ago. Navajo Technical University has been collaborating extensively with NASA in the past few years, interning digital manufacturing and building information modeling students at each of NASA's sites located across the country.
For more information see the TravelingSpaceMuseum.org or contact Alice Carron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
posted August 31, 2013 8:40 am edt