Astronaut engages students from space

Astronaut Kevin Ford talked to students during a broadcast from the International Space Station
BY ADAM KEMP akemp@opubco.com Published: December 1, 2012
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Ford answered questions about what he does in his free time when he's not busy working on experiments in the lab.

“We actually have the ability to watch football on the days we aren't working up here,” Ford said. “But usually our favorite pastime is looking out the window and trying to spot your hometown or a place you've visited before.”

OSU President Burns Hargis attended the event, which was also broadcast live on OStateTV.

The in-flight education talk is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve STEM teaching and learning, which is an integral component of NASA's Teaching From Space education program.

STEM stands for Service Teacher Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Hargis said more than 6,500 people watched the event either on campus or online, and he hopes it inspires a younger generation to consider OSU.

“I just think this is about the coolest thing I've seen around here,” Hargis said. “At OSU we are very serious about the STEM subjects and one of our main goals is to dramatically increase our graduates from our STEM areas so we hope all of you all come to Oklahoma State University and get a STEM degree.”



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