"Space in the Community" Program Held at Middle School of Plainville
Posted on 03/24/2020
On March 13th, retired NASA Astronaut Corps member Duane “Digger” Carey, together with educators from the Space Foundation and representatives from the Petit Family Foundation, visited the Middle School of Plainville to share the “Space in the Community” program. The visit was funded by the Petit Family Foundation. “I am ecstatic that the Petit Family Foundation’s collaboration with the Space Foundation has allowed us to reach out to hundreds of children in Middletown, New Britain and Plainville. Our current pandemic situation reinforces the notion that we need many more children interested and pursuing their passions for the sciences-be it space, biomedical, computers or other areas. I believe the Space Foundation team led by Lieutenant Colonel Carey really inspired many kids to continue to pursue their dreams,” said State Representative William Petit, Jr.

The Space in the Community program at the Middle School of Plainville included a video streamed broadcast of Carey to ensure social distancing, followed by interactive Space Foundation classroom lessons taught in small groups by Space Foundation Space Education Specialists throughout the day, where Carey, State Representative William Petit Jr. and other Space Foundation representatives interacted with students and faculty.

 “MSP is very thankful to the Petit Family Foundation for bringing this inspiring program to our entire middle school, especially during this time of uncertainty.  Instead of our students worrying about the move to remote learning, they were fully engaged in critical thinking, engineering and designing for a space mission,” said Middle School of Plainville Assistant Principal and Science Department Administrator, Aimee Roberts.

“I am extremely grateful to the Space Foundation and astronaut Lieutenant Colonel Carey for visiting our middle school and sharing fascinating applied science lessons as well as a personal lesson of persistence toward one's goals. Plainville Community Schools is most appreciative of the Petit Family Foundation for making this opportunity possible for our students,” noted Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.
  
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium.