NASA astronaut talks story about importance of STEM in aerospace education

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Some future astronauts got a chance to learn from one of the best as NASA astronaut Mark Polansky held a public talk story session Monday morning at Maryknoll Community Center in Makiki.

In addition to talking about his experience as an astronaut, Polansky also talked about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, in aerospace education.

Polansky flew three separate Space Shuttle missions from 1996 to 2009.

Attendees also had a chance to talk with specialist instructors at Maryknoll School’s new Mx Scholar Program for STEM & Aerospace and interact with flight simulators, robotics demonstrations, and more.

Students in the program will participate in lessons such as designing concepts using computer-assisted design software, 3D printing, principle of engineering, digital electronics, and thermal dynamics.

Maryknoll is the only school in Hawaii with such a full-time high school program. Visit for more information.

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