For Immediate Release: October 7, 2016 (Release #2016/17 – 081)
Contact: Beth McLaughlin, Director of Community & School Affairs, 478-988-6390, ext. 0, Beth.McLaughlin@hcbe.net
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HMS & TMS Awarded 3-year NASA STEM Grant by Museum of Aviation Foundation
Kickoff Oct. 13 at MOA
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Huntington Middle School and Thomson Middle School have been awarded Operation STEM grants by the Museum of Aviation Foundation. The Foundation applied to NASA for its Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers CP4SMPVC+ in December 2015. Huntington and Thomson will be provided onsite Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs during the day and an after school program for three years, from October 2016 through September 2019.
An orientation for Operation STEM will be held on Oct. 13, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. at the Museum’s Century of Flight Hangar. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Story Musgrave, a retired NASA Astronaut. Dr. Musgrave flew six shuttle missions and was a crew mate and friend of Georgia's astronaut, Sonny Carter.
Houston County is one of four school districts partnering with the Foundation for Operation STEM, which will follow current sixth graders through the end of eighth grade. During the first year, the Education Center will provide programs for the 6th graders; the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center will provide their teachers professional development; and STARBASE Robins will offer its after school program, STARBASE 2.0, for students in grades 6-8.
Huntington and Thomson are both pursuing STEM certification by the Georgia Department of Education. This partnership will greatly benefit the work toward this state certification.
Huntington Middle is located at 206 Wellborn Road in Warner Robins. Dr. Gwendolyn Taylor serves as principal. Thomson Middle is located at 301 Thomson Street in Centerville, and Dr. Walter Stephens serves as principal.
The Museum of Aviation is located at Georgia Highway 247 and Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. For more information, please contact the Museum’s Director of Education, Melissa Spalding, at 478-923-6600 or visit www.museumofaviation.org.