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NASA launches mobile exhibit at JBA STEM Day

Participants watch a video in a mobile exhibit during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Attendees learned about the International Space Station’s role in human exploration efforts that allow the space program to perform experiments and scientific research in microgravity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Participants watch a video in a mobile exhibit during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Attendees learned about the International Space Station’s role in human exploration efforts that allow the space program to perform experiments and scientific research in microgravity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Participants pose for a photograph during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Attendees learned about advanced human research which ensure the safety of future missions exploring beyond low Earth orbit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Participants pose for a photograph during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Attendees learned about advanced human research which ensure the safety of future missions exploring beyond low Earth orbit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Participants examine astronaut food during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Participants learned about spaceman nutrition, astronaut suits and the International Space Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Participants examine astronaut food during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Participants learned about spaceman nutrition, astronaut suits and the International Space Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

A child tries on an astronaut helmet during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. The event included NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit, immersing attendees in NASA and specifically, the International Space Station experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

A child tries on an astronaut helmet during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. The event included NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit, immersing attendees in NASA and specifically, the International Space Station experience. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Vacuum sealed astronaut food packages were on display during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. The event showcased NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit that included audiovisual technology, astronaut food, a spacesuit photo opportunity, or astronaut glove and helmet mock training, and one of eight touchable moon rocks in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Vacuum sealed astronaut food packages were on display during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. The event showcased NASA’s Driven to Explore mobile exhibit that included audiovisual technology, astronaut food, a spacesuit photo opportunity, or astronaut glove and helmet mock training, and one of eight touchable moon rocks in the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Col. E. John Teichert, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, poses for a photograph in a spacesuit during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Participants learned about astronaut nutrition, spaceman suits and the International Space Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

Col. E. John Teichert, 11th Wing and Joint Base Andrews commander, poses for a photograph in a spacesuit during a National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 14, 2017. Participants learned about astronaut nutrition, spaceman suits and the International Space Station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valentina Lopez)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. --

Have you ever wondered what life would be like on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s International Space Station?

Joint Base Andrews’ military children had the opportunity to find out the story of NASA and specifically, the ISS. During NASA’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Day here, July 14, more than 75 kids experienced the story through a mobile exhibit.

To create a hands-on experience, the Driven to Explore mobile exhibit included audiovisual technology, astronaut food, a spacesuit photo opportunity, an astronaut glove and helmet mock training, and a chance to touch one of eight moon rocks in the world.

“Exciting kids about STEM is important to this community and this country,” said Col. E. John Teichert, 11th Wing and JBA commander who attended with his two kids. “I enjoyed seeing the kids’ smiling faces as they climbed into the astronaut suit.  My kids’ favorite part was learning about the moonrock and the packaged astronaut food. I want to thank the Youth Center and NASA staff for giving us this great opportunity.”  

The event was part of a JBA youth program initiative to help military children interest in higher education, careers or military service.

“I think anything that sparks an interest in children can lead them down a path to pursuing future careers,” said Lt. Col. Lisa Christensen, 89th Airlift Wing pilot. “This event helps reinforce that science and math are important and lets kids look at how it is applied in the real world.”

The exhibit connects people to the space program and they learn about the advanced human research that ensures safe future exploring beyond low Earth orbit, according to Crawford Jones, NASA media and outreach specialist.

The mobile exhibit is now on its way to the District of Columbia and Baltimore as part of “Destination Station,” NASA’s national awareness campaign that promotes research opportunities and educates communities about activities and life onboard the ISS.

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