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NASA’s Glenn Research Center inviting students to celebrate 80th anniversary with STEM experiments

Posted at 11:21 AM, Mar 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-19 11:21:40-04

CLEVELAND — The NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland is turning 80 years old in 2021 and to celebrate its hosting a virtual event for kids this Saturday.

Kindergarten to fourth-grade students can tune in on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to learn about the Artemis program. The Artemis program is aiming to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024.

NASA has launched a new website with hands on STEM experiments and activities for kids. Students can design a lunar habitat, program a mars rover or make and test paper airplanes and helicopters.

“NASA Glenn is involved in nearly every aspect of the Artemis program,” said Dr. Catherine Graves, Education Program Specialist for NASA Glenn Research Center. “To achieve our goal of eventually having a human presence on the moon and eventually sending astronauts to Mars, we’re going to need all of the talents and skills available to us. So we need to engage our students to help get us there.”

Students in grades four to 12 are invited to explore one of three topics. The topics include Glenn's missions, people or future space endeavors. Students will research the topic, compose an essay, and submit it by March 31.

Winners will receive an invitation to participate in a virtual recognition event, a virtual question and answers session with STEM professionals, and virtual facility tours. Six winners’ essays will be published on NASA Glenn’s OSTEM website.

The actives are just some of 80 hands-on activities taking place throughout the year designed to foster curiosity about the world.

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