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NASA Administrator, Astronauts Bring Space to Washington Schools

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 NASA astronaut Megan McArthur speaks to students during a visit to Arlington Science Focus Elementary School, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Arlington, Virginia.

NASA is supporting a nationwide initiative to provide nutritious and hands-on educational kits to children, teachers, and families in need. Members of the media are invited in-person to the next event in Washington to learn more about the Artemis Learning Lunchbox initiative from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, as well as agency astronauts. 

During a school event, NASA will help distribute approximately 400 kits filled with hands-on STEM activities to students beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington.

Aimed at inspiring youth and families, NASA’s Artemis Learning Lunchboxes highlight the diversity of science, technology, engineering, and math efforts at NASA as well as the agency’s upcoming Artemis missions. Through Artemis, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon in preparation for future human exploration of Mars.

NASA and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) are working together on the event.

Available at 9 a.m. to answer questions about the program and STEM in DC Public School are:

  • Bill Nelson, NASA administrator
  • NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Kayla Barron, Raja Chari, and Tom Marshburn
  • Dr. Frederic Bertley, president & CEO, COSI
  • TaMikka Sykes, principal, Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

Members of the media interested in covering the event must RSVP no later than two hours before the start of the event to Enrique Gutierrez at: or 202-709-2608.

The NASA Artemis Learning Lunchbox initiative is made possible through NASA’s Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) program. NASA Learning Lunchboxes provide five space-focused learning activities that showcase the diversity of STEM at NASA. COSI is distributing 30,000 NASA Learning Lunchboxes at local food banks across the country to help feed hungry lives and feed hungry minds.

Employees of NASA centers previously participated in distribution events in Orlando, Florida; Houston; Hampton, Virginia; Los Angeles, and El Paso, Texas.

Learn more about how NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement is inspiring the next generation of explorers at: