Over 300 students, teachers, chaperones, and industry volunteers converged at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 for the 3rd Annual Space & Missile Defense (SMD) Student Day hosted by the National Education Partnership Alliance (NEPA).
The event was designed to introduce 6th and 7th grade students to the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in an engaging and stimulating environment that will hopefully spark increased interest in these fields of study and future careers in the Space & Missile Defense Field.
As Dr. Rodney Robertson, Director of the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command Center (USASMDC) Technical Center and Chairman of the NEPA Government Oversight Council, indicated in a Huntsville Times article
“This is the critical age because if you don’t now get them interested and take math and science classes at this age, then they’ve made a decision they’re not going to major in science and engineering.It’s a long-term investment. If you don’t get them involved, you’re not going to get them in the workforce.”
Please visit http://www.nepalliance.info/smdStudentDay.pdf to view the full Huntsville Times article
or visit the Army website for even more media coverage of the day: http://www.army.mil/-news/2009/10/22/29182-space-and-missile-defense-student-day-encourages-young-scientific-minds/.