A STEM Exploring Post has been established that is a collaboration between NMC, Scouting, Newton’s Road and the Chamber of Commerce. Monthly events are organized and led by members of this group with NMC taking a lead role. The goal is to bring exciting, hands-on STEM experiences to youth ages 14-19. Programs have included Heath Care, Agriculture, Engineering, Manufacturing, Audio Technology, etc. This June’s program centers on Space and includes a wide array of STEM technologies and career opportunities.

The Mission One STEM Expo will take place Saturday, June 9, noon-4 p.m. at NMC’s Parsons-Stulen Building. Exploring Career STEM Expo and Launch Day will feature leading STEM professionals, former NASA astronauts, college faculty and experts, as well as state and local business showcasing STEM activities and opportunities in related fields. Besides engaging in fun, hands-on programs, events of the day will inspire our students that with preparation, hard work and determination, anything is possible. We will also create awareness of opportunities and pathways for students to achieve a meaningful and successful career in a STEM field. One of the key highlights of the STEM Expo will be the launch of a CanSat mini satellite to an altitude of over 100,000 feet.

In addition, various other STEM technologies of NMC (robotics, drones, etc) as well as others like Inland Seas will be on display. The Expo is free for all and requires no registration.

High Altitude Satellite Launch

The Magnitude I.O. CANSAT space exploration program involves about 30 youth who have been receiving online training for months in the design of experiments that are conducted in a high altitude (100,000’) environment reached through the use of balloons. Three Cansat satellites will be launched at 2 p.m. at the Parsons-Stulen Building. The rest of the day will be spent with the student “engineers” recovering their satellites and their data. The emcee for the launch will be Greg Johnson, ret. Air Force Colonel and a recent NASA Shuttle Astronaut.

Johnson will also give a presentation Saturday evening at the Dennos Museum Center discussing his experiences in space and where the space program is headed in this country. The 7 p.m. presentation is open to the public and free of charge. Registration is required and can be made at: eventbrite.com/emission-one-lecture-tickets-46161394975