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NASA eClips Co-Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Exploration Community Event in Virginia

NASA eClips Co-Hosts 2nd Annual STEM Exploration Community Event in Virginia

The NASA eClips™ project, led by the National Institute of Aerospace, aims to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) literacy and inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists by providing effective web-based, standards-aligned, in-school and out-of-school learning and teaching resources, through the lens of NASA.

On October 15th, 2022, the NASA eClips team partnered with NASA’s Langley Research Center; Virginia Space Grant Consortium; Hampton City in Virginia; Portsmouth and Newport News Public Schools in Virginia; Coastal Virginia STEM Hub; the City of Newport News; and Old Dominion University to host the 2nd Annual STEM Exploration Community Event at the Brooks Crossing Innovation and Opportunity Center in Newport News, Virginia. More than 420 elementary- and middle school-aged learners and their families from around southeastern Virginia attended. The purpose of the event was to expose youth to STEM and STEM careers through interactions with exciting speakers and hands-on experiences with STEM-centric exhibitors, and to provide equitable and accessible STEM opportunities and resources to minoritized areas of Newport News. The NASA eClips team shared Launchpad: Engineering Design to Support Scientific Discovery; Launchpad: Life Cycle of a Star; NASA eClips Ask SME video with Center Chief Technologist, Julie Williams-Byrd; and NASA/MAD Science's Seeing Starlight with the James Webb Space Telescope. The event also welcomed NASA speakers such as Julie Williams-Byrd (Center Chief Technologist), Michelle Ferebee (Deputy Director of the Office of Strategic Analysis, Communications, and Business Development), Emily Judd (Aerospace Engineer) and Nicole Pointek (System Analyst) -- all from NASA's Langley Research Center.

NASA eClips is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AB91A and is part of NASA’s Science Activation Portfolio. Learn more about how Science Activation connects NASA science experts, real content, and experiences with community leaders to do science in ways that activate minds and promote deeper understanding of our world and beyond: https://science.nasa.gov/learners

Joan Harper-Neely and volunteer help two young students and an adult to create corona images at the NASA eClips exhibit table.
Joan Harper-Neely shared NASA eClips resources and engaged the community in creating star life cycle bracelets that illustrate the journeys of Sun-like and massive stars at the NASA eClips exhibit and in creating chalk corona images.