A Special Visitor Helps Students Explore Science Beyond Earth’s Atmosphere

By: Sr. Bernadette McManigal, BVM
Superintendent of Schools

Last week, students, parents and faculty from St. Luke School in McLean had an opportunity to meet with Captain Heidi Stefanyshyn-Piper, a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of two shuttle missions.  She visited to introduce students to her field of study and spoke about travel beyond the earth’s atmosphere.

Students work on a lab, guided by Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper

Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper, a graduate of Catholic schools, treated students to an exciting presentation on the Space Station and Shuttle missions.  She also helped to conduct a lab with science teachers Fred Lampazzi and Timothy Burns and advanced science students  to determine friction rates in robots.

It is our hope that the foundation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) offered to students at Saint Luke and all of our Catholic schools, combined with visits from scientists like Captain Stefanyshyn-Piper, will inspire a new generation of Americans committed to using STEM to create a better world.

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