On 9 February, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson visited Nagoya University Affiliated Junior High School and High School to discuss the importance of education, international cooperation, environmental conservation and the impact of the space program on society. Former US Senator Nelson served in the U.S. Senate for 18 years and was a payload specialist on space shuttle mission 61-C in 1986. NASA Administrator is the highest-ranking official in the American national space agency.
During his visit, Mr. Nelson gave a presentation to the students about the importance of STEM and how it is used in the space program. He also discussed the current projects that NASA is working on, such as the Artemis program, and how students can be involved in the space industry.
Mr. Nelson was joined by Nagoya University President Sugiyama, researchers from the Nagoya University Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research and Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe, and teachers from the high school. They talked about Nagoya University's contributions to collaborative research with NASA and JAXA, and the importance of increasing women and girls' participation in science.
This visit is part of NASA's commitment to inspire students and help them understand the importance of STEM and space exploration. The Administrator hopes to motivate students to pursue STEM-related fields and to become the next generation of space explorers.
Nagoya University Affiliated Junior High School and High School was pleased to welcome Administrator Nelson and his team of experts to the school. It is the perfect opportunity for students to learn more about space exploration and to understand the importance of, as Administrator Nelson put it, 'being the best that you can be'.