Make way, NASA; we’ve got the country’s next generation of astronauts, engineers, pilots, technicians, and scientists right here in New York City!
Over the past several years, the DOE’s NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics (Space Center) in Manhattan has become one of the New York’s most exciting learning spaces for students in grades K–12. Thanks to its collection of hands-on space and aviation-based laboratories, simulators, and resources, the Space Center has helped boost the popularity of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) while capturing the interest, excitement, and imagination of thousands of City students across the five boroughs.
At the Space Center, K–12 students can participate in simulated space adventures, learn how airplanes fly, and work together to solve problems that resemble real world scenarios that can occur during space travel. Together, these activities enable students to apply what they have previously learned in their math and science classes in fun and exciting ways.
Earlier this week, Chancellor Carmen Fariña stopped by the Space Center to tour the facility and see what some students were up to during their class visits.
“It’s amazing to watch students’ learning come to life in our Space Center,” she said. “The emphasis on hands-on activities and collaboration engages students from K–12 in STEM subjects, and it creates excitement that they take back to their schools and classrooms after they visit. It is clear that our investments in the Space Center are encouraging students to explore STEM, major in STEM subjects in college, and pursue STEM careers.”
And with approximately $1 million worth of upgrades taking place over the next couple of years, it is clear that the Space Center will be able to continue building on its success. Students in the near-future will soon be able use 3-D printers, new flight simulators, and even a new “Planet Mars” simulation room that provides students with the opportunity to experience the Red Planet like never before.
Interested in arranging a classroom visit to the Space Center? Schools and teachers should check out the Center’s website for more information about class visits. Students and parents who are interested in the Space Center should speak with teachers about the possibility of organizing a class trip to the Center, as all programs and trips are arranged and run in partnership with schools.
Want to see the Space Center and some of our students in action? Check out this recent feature story about the facility, courtesy of New York’s own ABC 7.
We thank our staff members at the Space Center for their tremendous work with our students!