Press Release

NASA Goes to Charlotte to Spread Science Technology Engineering Math Awareness

By SpaceRef Editor
February 25, 2013
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NASA will reach more than 60,000 visitors through hands-on exhibits and presentations of the Agency’s unique aerospace missions and capabilities, bringing to life the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) tournament, Feb. 27 – March 2.

The annual CIAA event, in collaboration with NASA and the Charlotte/Mecklenburg Public School System, recognizes 16 historically black colleges and universities. This will be NASA’s eighth year participating in the 101th anniversary CIAA event.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore NASA exhibits to learn about the exciting research NASA is doing and ways they can get involved, starting Feb. 27 at the Charlotte Convention Center, and Feb. 27 – March 2 at the Time-Warner Arena from noon – 10 p.m.

In honor of NASA STEM Education Awareness Day on Wednesday, Feb. 27, between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center, 2,500 middle school students will hear from Super Bowl Champion Deon Grant, who will address the 2013 theme of “STEM is Cool.” NASA representatives will also be there to share information about NASA programs and STEM-related career and internship opportunities.

NASA will also join the CIAA for a College Career Expo on Feb. 27, from 9 -1 p.m., at the Charlotte Convention Center, with the goal of recruiting and providing an outreach opportunity for an expected 3000 high school students to learn about NASA careers, internships and research areas.

If media would like to attend, please contact: Dustin Hitt at or 757-968-6483.

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SpaceRef staff editor.