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NASA Glenn Research Center offering virtual events, activities for kids to celebrate 80th anniversary

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Posted at 5:58 PM, Mar 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-12 17:58:09-05

CLEVELAND — NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is celebrating its 80th anniversary with dozens of virtual activities and events for students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Glenn Office of STEM Engagement launched a website that features 80 hands-on activities that teach science, technology, engineering and math under three themes: aeronautics, space and research and engineering, according to a news release from the center. Some of the experiments include designing a lunar habitat, programming a rover, and making paper aircraft.

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Students in grades four to 12 have until March 31 to submit an essay on one of three topics: Glenn’s missions, people or future, the release states. Winners will have the chance to participate in a virtual recognition event, a virtual Q&A session with STEM professionals and virtual facility tours.

The GRC also has the following virtual events scheduled this year for their 80th anniversary:

NASA STEM Kids Virtual Event

Saturday, March 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Kindergarten to fourth graders can venture with NASA Glenn virtually to learn about the Artemis program. The goal of the program is to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024.

High School Shadowing Day

April 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

High school students, grades nine to 12, are invited to virtually explore career opportunities in STEM as well as business. The event features scientists and engineers working in STEM fields at NASA, virtual STEM activities, and virtual facility tours.

TECH Day

May 13 or 14 from 10 a.m. to noon

Middle school students, grades six to eight, are invited to TECH Day to learn about the different aspects of engineering. TECH Day features a virtual tour by NASA engineers and participation in a live STEM activity.

Girls In STEM

July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

Middle school students, grades six to eight, are invited for an opportunity to see women excelling in STEM careers. This event features a virtual tour, an online presentation from a female engineer, and participation in a live STEM activity.

Aviation Day

August 26 from 10 a.m. to noon

Students, grades six to 12 are invited to learn about aviation exploration. This event features a virtual tour of a NASA laboratory, a presentation from a NASA scientist or engineer, and a live STEM activity.

Find more details about the events and activities here, and learn more about the history of Glenn’s establishment 80 years ago here.

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