Traveling Space Museum comes to NTU

Sep 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Daniel Vandever

JUPITER AND BEYOND. Visitors to NASA’s Traveling Space Museum learn about our solar system and humankind’s efforts to explore the cosmos.

NASA will bring its Traveling Space Museum to Navajo Technical University (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) on September 18,2013, in an effort to stimulate an interest in science and technology among Navajo students. NASA first introduced the Traveling Space Museum in 1998, bringing full-scale and fully functional simulators to schools across the country. Because of its success in educating and inspiring young minds, the museum received the California Space Authority’s Buzz Aldrin Space Education and 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 Alice Carron, NTU’s educational outreach director. “This is going to be a great community event that hopefully gets people excited about NASA and the many possibilities of space exploration.”

The museum will be open to the public free of charge in NTU’s information technology building and will highlight 14 exhibits, including a display of NASA’s Hovercraft and F-117 Flight Simulator. The exhibit is part of NTU’s four-day “Birth of a University” celebration.

NTU has collaborated extensively with NASA over the past few years. Students of digital manufacturing and building information modeling have interned at each of NASA’s sites located across the country.

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