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Veteran NASA Astronaut visits local school and Sylvan Learning

Posted at 4:49 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 16:51:30-05

LANSING, Mich. — Local DeWitt student, George R., has won the National Grand STEM Challenge sponsored by Sylvan Learning of Jackson/Lansing and administered/judged by the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and funded by the Lemelson Foundation. As a National winner, George’s school, Herbison Woods, was awarded a visit by Veteran NASA Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris. Dr. Harris spoke at Herbison Woods, Wednesday, November 13th 1:45pm-2:45pm.

Since 2016 Sylvan Learning has sponsored a Grand STEM Challenge competition across North America. The weeklong summer camp and STEM contest is held at participating Sylvan Learning Centers. Each year the camper’s get a new design challenge and competition based on the Engineering Design Process. This year’s design and competition theme was “Invent Your World with Electronic Textiles”. Students were asked to create a piece of wearable technology that solved a problem. George’s winning invention was a fighter jet pilot helmet that senses when the pilot has passed out and alerts the co-pilot.

Grand STEM Challenge partner, Lemelson-MIT encourages students to invent and develop their hands-on skills in STEM. Inspired by the belief that invention can solve many of the biggest economic and social challenges of our time, the Foundation helps the next generation of inventors and their inventions to flourish.

Veteran NASA Astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris has traveled over 7.2 million space miles and is the first African American to spacewalk. As CEO of Grand STEM Challenge partner, National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI), Dr. Harris is a STEM advocate and education evangelist.

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