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Upward Bound Visits WVRTC

WVU Upward Bound - 10WVRTC hosted the WVU branch of Upward Bound today as a part of the STEM Outreach Initiative. Upward Bound is a program that helps students to overcome cultural, academic, and social barriers. They provide weekly tutoring and monthly activities with the goal of helping these students to graduate high school and seek secondary education opportunities.

A group of eleven consisting of students and staff toured the space robotics laboratory as they learned about NASA’s current and future objectives with satellite servicing and the¬†Asteroid Redirect Mission, or ARM.

The students got their own taste of outer-space as they applied force to a robot programmed to behave as if it is a 2,000 kg satellite in space. The robot moved almost effortlessly as it would in zero gravity.

Dr. Thomas Evans wrapped up the tour by explaining to the students the importance of STEM education and the need to grow technical job opportunities in the Mountain State.

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