AlamogordoTownNews.com NMSBVI a Very Special "A Day of Space” STEM Program
Dave Dooling, Education Director, NM Museum of Space History and Peter Stauffer, Space Foundation Teacher Liaison and LinQuest Corp, Engineering & Integration, teamed up with the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) to include "A Day of Space" during their Summer Program.
The elementary and secondary Alamogordo camps, each one week long, were attended by New Mexican students with visual impairments in grades K-12. This summer's Space Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program included activities such as Pocket Solar System String, Stomp Rockets, use of NASA provided Tactile and Braille activities on Saturn V and Apollo, and a special guest speaker from NASA: Tracy Minish, Mission Control Center Systems (MCCS) Operations manager.
Tracy is a motivational speaker, has Retinitis Pigmentosa and is legally blind, has a plethora of "Dad" Space Jokes, and was able to connect with the students with his own story of overcoming adversity.
Tracy, Dave, and Peter have over 100 years of combined space experience and each have contributed to furthering Space STEM to our future generations for the past 25-30 years.
Planning is already underway with NMSBVI for next year's program that will include emphasis on the solar eclipse and making moon craters.
New Mexico will experience a total eclipse on October 14, 2023. Alamogordo, NM will experience an 89% partial solar eclipse.
Programs such as this compiled by great volunteer community leaders such as Dave Dooling, Education Director, NM Museum of Space History and Peter Stauffer, Space Foundation Teacher Liaison and LinQuest Corp, Engineering & Integration are the forward thinking programs that enlighten and impact students for a lifetime.
Join AlamogordoTownNews.com in celebrating these wonderful contributions to student training and advancement in Alamogordo.
Photos courtesy NMSBVI