SAN ANTONIO — Students in the North East Independent School District will have a chance to study space, the final frontier, thanks to a new partnership with NASA.
North East ISD and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officially signed a Space Act Agreement forming a partnership which will benefit students in their new Space and Engineering Technologies Academy (SETA).
Jonathan Boykin is the Director of Seta and talked about this new partnership with NASA.
"The NASA partnership is something we have been working behind the scenes for quite a long time," he said. "It provides us with a NASA employee that will physically be located here at the campuses."
The NASA employee will also work with teachers to make sure they bring real-world examples to the curriculum.
"The program has been designed very thoughtfully to make sure they are accelerating what are they doing in middle school and that they are preparing for what is happening in the high school," he said.
So, by the time the students soar to the next level, they are leaving with an out of this world experience.
"When most of our parents where in high school, they didn't have options like these, “Boykin said. "Kids don't understand what they can be, until they can actually see it in front of them."
This is only the second time in history that NASA has formed a Space Act Agreement with a school district.
"As part of this agreement, NASA will provide an onsite employee who will work closely with Krueger Middle School and Roosevelt High School to incorporate NASA curriculum, experiences and opportunities," said NEISD in a statement. "These experts will bring industry expertise and real-world learning experiences to our campuses."
SETA will launch with 6th and 9th grade classes at Krueger Middle School and Roosevelt High School starting in the 2023-24 school year and grow into a comprehensive program for grades 6 through 12.
Students from all across the San Antonio area can apply now by visiting neisd.net/magnetprograms.
Courses will be centered around the aerospace industry in the fields of aerospace engineering, aviation technology, computer science, and manufacturing.
Check out their website to learn more about it.
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