Area Students Learn About NASA and MARS Exploration

The Florida Panhandle STEM Education Outreach non-profit, STEM-ED, partnered with the Okaloosa STEMM Center, the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Engineers for America to bring NASA Engineer, Bobak Ferdowsi to the Mattie Kelly Center, Monday, April 28th.

Over 1,000 middle and high school students learned about the NASA team that engineered the systems leading to MARS Exploration.  Students lined up at the end of the session to ask Ferdowsi questions about how long the mission took, the physical forces that affected the landing, what the MARS explorer did once it landed, and many more questions that emphasized the curiosity and knowledge of students in the areas of science and technology in Okaloosa County.

“Ferdowsi then joined the Radioactive Robots, Niceville High School’s FIRST Robotics Team, for lunch where these students were able to ask their questions and learn more about what it takes to become an engineer for NASA,” said Beth Hanning of the Doolittle Institute.  “Thank you to Northwest Florida State College for providing the space for this STEMM outreach event.”

Pictured above are Maj Tucker "Cinco" Hamilton, USAF and STEM-ED; Jacqueline Craig, Director of Okaloosa STEMM Center; Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA Engineer; and Shawnea Tallman, Engineers for America and Okaloosa STEMM Center Assistant Director.