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Project TEACH students attend professional development activities at Johnson Space Center

Project: TEACH students visit with astronaut Jessica Meir at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

Project: TEACH students visit with astronaut Jessica Meir at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

DURANT, Okla. – Nine Project TEACH students from Southeastern Oklahoma State University traveled to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, recently for professional development with Space Center U for Educators.

Participants from across the world met with with astronaut Colonel Kenneth Cameron, worked through STEM activities designed for classroom implementation, and toured the Johnson Space Center facilities. The tour included the original Mission Control Center used for the Apollo missions, the HERA (Human Exploration Research Analog) habitat, and the NBL (Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory), where

astronauts train for space walks. Astronauts Jessica Meir and Tom Marshburn were observed suiting up and beginning their day of training at the NBL, a 6.2 million gallon, four-story tall pool housing life-size mock-ups of the International Space

Station and the future of space exploration.

Project TEACH is a Student Support Services, TRIO program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, which assists first-generation and low-income students and individuals with Disabilities make the college experience a successful one.

Students majoring in an Education   field are the primary focus of this program.