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Tyndall PhD student brings free virtual NASA field trip to children

Posted on: 12 May 2021

Tyndall PhD student brings free virtual NASA field trip to children
Tyndall PhD student brings free virtual NASA field trip to children

To celebrate World Astronomy Day on May 15th, NASA has teamed up with SMART Edu Club, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education start-up, to provide free field trips for students aged between 5 and 14. 

Participating families will enjoy a 30-minute interactive presentation and a Q&A session with NASA Specialists on two topics; How to Build a Satellite (10-14 year olds) on Wednesday, 12 May, at 6.00pm, and Living and Working in Space (5-9 year olds) on Friday, 14 May, at 6.00pm. Participants will also receive a series of short videos and self-guided activities to help them apply their knowledge at home.

Marinara Marcato, Founder of SMART Edu Club

Marinara Marcato, a PhD student in Engineering Science at Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork (UCC), founded SMART Edu Club in April 2020 to support families who were home-schooling during the pandemic.  Her start-up was later selected to join UCC’s IGNITE Business Incubation Programme.

 “This a unique opportunity for parents to join our supportive community and to encourage their kids to develop their interest and skills in STEM subjects,” commented Marinara.

Parents and students can sign up at https://smarteduclub.com/nasa-field-trips/