Ann Marie Trotta
Headquarters, Washington                               
Rachel Kraft
Johnson Space Center, Houston
March 25, 2011
Massachusetts Students Call Space Station Astronaut
WASHINGTON -- Students in Springfield, Mass., will make a special call to Expedition 27 Flight Engineer and western Massachusetts resident Cady Coleman aboard the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 29.

The event, which includes a video link with Coleman, will air live on NASA Television at 11:41 a.m. EDT. Sixth-grade students from Elmer J. McMahon School, Dr. Marcella R. Kelly School and STEM Middle Academy will participate and learn about the important role the station plays in scientific discovery and space exploration.

The downlink will be hosted at Springfield Technical Community College, located at One Armory Square, Springfield, Mass. Journalists interested in attending the event should contact Setta McCabe at 413-755-4475.

The morning of the event, students will take part in activities focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) led by graduate students from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

The in-flight education downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching and learning in STEM subjects. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA education program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA’s human spaceflight program.

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