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Yesterday STMS learners were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a live virtual event with NASA Astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. 

Read more about this amazing event! 

On Tuesday, December 14, 2021, STMS learners were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in a live virtual event with NASA Astronaut Warren “Woody” Hoburg, Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. NASA Astronaut Hoburg, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, shared a STEM inspired presentation and engaged in a two-way question and answer session with the learners.

The purpose of the event was to announce Artemis, NASA’s Lunar Exploration Program, which will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. Susquehanna Township School District was honored to be selected as the only district in the state of Pennsylvania to participate in this live event.

The district’s Customized Learning program made it possible for 16 STMS learners to participate in a 15-day course which explored NASA, Artemis, and learn more about Astronaut Hoburg. Mr. Trevar Scheuch, STMS Instructional Technology Integration Specialist, lead the selected learners as they explored the history of past NASA missions and completed STEM activities that included choosing a landing site on the moon, study of the major geological features on the Moon, and priority packing for a trip to the Moon. The STMS learners will present their research findings at the school’s STEM night, which will take place on Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

When asked about the importance of this event, Senator Casey stated: “Today, I had the great privilege of joining the exceptional students at Susquehanna Township Middle School in their virtual meeting with NASA Astronaut Woody Hoburg and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. It was an honor to join such knowledgeable, capable young people and learn about the exciting opportunities for STEM learning in Susquehanna Township School District. I share the excitement of the students in experiencing this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about space exploration and the importance of diversity in STEM. To set American children up for success, I will continue to advance legislation that will ensure our school districts are equipped with the tools and resources they need to support young students’ emotional, social and academic development.”

“I enjoyed talking with Susquehanna Township Middle School students from my home state of Pennsylvania today. NASA is setting off on the Artemis missions to the Moon, setting up a proving ground for Mars, and we need all hands on deck. We’re living in the most technologically exciting period in decades, and today’s students will be essential to achieving our goals”, said NASA Astronaut Woody Hoburg.

Mrs. Kristi Prime, STMS Principal, described this as a once in a lifetime opportunity for her learners. “We were completely shocked that Senator Casey and NASA chose Susquehanna Township Middle School to participate in this amazing opportunity! Our learners have been researching NASA space programs, technologies, and STEM activities since we announced this event.” Fifteen learners were chosen to engage in a live two-way conversation with Astronaut Hoburg to learn more about Artemis, what it takes to become an astronaut, and STEM careers that can lead to space exploration.

Dr. Tamara Willis, Susquehanna Township School District Superintendent of Schools, was equally excited about the opportunity for her learners to meet and engage with NASA and Senator Casey’s office. “Today was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to engage with the NASA team and learn about the groundbreaking Artemis missions to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. The mission aligns with our core value that celebrates diversity and our focus on STEM across the district.”