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Suborbital Center of Excellence will host annual student conference

NASA's only Suborbital Center of Excellence (SCE) will host an annual conference for middle school, high school and college students Wednesday, April 30, at New Mexico State University.


will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

Conference events will include a high-altitude balloon launch at 9:15 a.m. in Aggie Memorial Stadium. Keynote speaker John Campbell, the director of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, will address participants from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Senate Gallery, Corbett Center. Middle and high school students will have the opportunity to tour the university's Physical Science Laboratory (PSL) from 10:45 a.m. to noon.

"We're interested in showing people the different career options, and introduce them to (suborbital science)," said Marie R. Haaland-Borchert, educational outreach director for SCE.

The following is a complete schedule of events:

-- High-altitude balloon launch at 9:15 a.m., Aggie Memorial Stadium.

-- Hands-on aeronautic activity demonstration and an exploration of aerodynamics for middle and high school students from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Aggie Memorial Stadium.

-- Welcome speech, Steve Hottman, at 9:45 a.m., Senate Gallery, Corbett Center.

-- Keynote speaker John Campbell will address participants from 10 to 10:30 a.m., Senate Gallery, Corbett Center.

-- An aerospace and related technology job fair with corporate and government recruiters from 10:30 a.m. until the end of the day, in the hallway, Third Floor, Corbett Center.

-- Presentations by key people in suborbital fields from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Senate Gallery, Corbett Center.

-- Middle and high school students will tour the PSL from 10:45 a.m. to noon.

-- Panel discussion from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Senate Gallery, Corbett Center.

-- Lunch at noon at the PSL snack bar for middle and high school students and at Corbett Center for others.

-- Presentation for high school students from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., PSL.

-- Poster presentation by students working on projects in suborbital fields from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m., Corbett Center, Senate Chambers, Room 317.

-- Young professionals/co-ops panel discussion from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m., Corbett Center, Senate Gallery.

-- Poster presentation winner award and closing remarks at 3:30 p.m., Corbett Center, Senate Gallery.

The center, housed at PSL, was created to provide students and the public with an opportunity to learn more about suborbital space engineering and science. Opportunities at SCE include aeronautical projects in schools, a resource for information for science fair and innovation fair projects, investigations into careers in suborbital sciences, participation in research of payloads launched, support of NMSU student research projects and NMSU student co-ops at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility.

For more information about the conference or SCE, call (505) 522-9240.