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WVSU using NASA equipment to launch STEM interest

Jan. 12, 2013 @ 11:58 AM

INSTITUTE, W.Va. — West Virginia State University Extension Service has launched a new 4-H club providing students with hands-on learning opportunities using NASA equipment.

The 4-H Aerospace and RoboticsClub meets monthly, with the mission of increasing youth interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), one of the fastest-growing areas of need in the state's workforce.

The next club meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at WVSU's Aerospace Education Laboratory in Institute.

The lab is a state-of-the-art, electronically-enhanced, computerized classroom that puts cutting-edge technology at the fingertips of students. The facility features real aerospace hardware and software, including an advanced flight simulator, a research wind tunnel, a short-wave radio receiver and hand-held global positioning systems for aviation. Club activities focus on robotics and rocketry using a NASA-approved curriculum.

The club is free to join and open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Volunteer opportunities are available for interested adults.

The Aerospace Education Lab is located at 213 Douglass St. in Institute.