Our Fall NASA STEM Academies wrapped up on Saturday with Family Day, a day in which students become the teachers and their parents take part of a science experiment. It's always great to see our parents share an academic day with their children.
The Saturday NASA STEM academies are made possible through a partnership with the Hartnell College Foundation that began in July 2014. The program is intended to engage and encourage students to follow a career in science, technology, engineering and math. This partnership comes through the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project Aerospace Academy. After students attend an eight week academy on Saturdays, parents are offered a "resource fair" so they can learn about available programs in the community. This academy is offered once a year at each of our school sites: this fall, the program was offered at MLK, Sanchez, Loya and Frank Paul. This program serves over 1,200 students in East Salinas each school year in kindergarten through sixth grade.