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01/24/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/24/2020 18:12

NASA engineers to share opportunities with TSU students during Jan. 28 campus visit

NASHVILLE, Tenn.(TSU News Service) - Tennessee State University students will learn about opportunities with NASA when Kennedy Space Center engineers visit the campus on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

The engineers will provide an informal student Q&A in the Forum of the university's Floyd Payne Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. They will discuss the agency's Artemis mission and internship opportunities.

'With the Artemis program, NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before,' according to the agency's website.

Stacie Turner is a strategy and collaboration manager with NASA. She says she's looking forward to talking to students about what NASA has to offer.

'We think that they are going to be the folks that are going to take over and do the exploring, and the development of all of NASA's new technology,' says Turner.

TSU student Joy Barney says the engineers' visit should be beneficial to students.

'Bringing opportunities to our students is definitely a good thing,' says Barney, a junior from Atlanta. 'It will allow them to think, when I graduate, I can possibly do this.'

Last year, more than 200 students in grades K-8 from Davidson County and surrounding areas took part in a NASA-funded, one-day STEM education workshop at Tennessee State University.

Called 'Dare to Dream STEM Saturday,' the workshop engaged students in scientific experiments, and engineering design processes, such as robotics, coding, drones, virtual reality, flight simulation and math games.

The TSU College of Education, in partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, hosted the workshop under the Minority University Research Education Project, or MUREP, a NASA program at the university.

For more information about the Tennessee Minority University Research and Education Project at TSU, visit http://www.tnstate.edu/murep/about.aspx.

To learn more about NASA's Artemis program, visit https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/.

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