Nine Utah student groups will meet Friday morning at the Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) in North Logan to participate in a live Downlink from the International Space Station. The students will have the opportunity to ask questions of astronauts during the event, which will be broadcast live on NASA TV.
Participating organizations include InTech Collegiate High School, Logan High School, Wendover High School, Uintah High School, Dual Immersion Academy, Cache-Makers, North Sanpete Middle School, Mt. Logan Middle School and children of SDL employees in grades 7-12.
Brooke McKenna, SDL outreach and education administrator, said the activity is a great opportunity for students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“We want them to be aware of all the exciting things happening at NASA,” she said. “There are so many possibilities for careers in space, and we want to motivate students to stay involved in STEM programs. Of course, the astronauts are exciting, but there are also so many other opportunities.”
Prior to the Downlink, students will be addressed by Niel Holt, director of the Space Dynamics Lab; Jed Hancock, division director of Civil Space; and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
The Downlink will be available for live public viewing at <a href=”https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public”>https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#public</a>.
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