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STEM Education: Total Nigeria Cooperative Sponsors Students to NASA

Total E&P Cooperative, in collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas recently held a week-long experiential learning tour where students were exposed to emerging technologies in astronomy, engineering, presentation, budgeting, neural buoyancy laboratory, designs and lunar habitat studies using the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) approach.

The was aimed at ensuring out-of-box thinking by each participant and applying theoretical concept in solving real life scientific problems; understanding innovation and deploying it to commercial usefulness in the society while building confidence and team-work among young adults.

According to the Head, Legal and Compliance, Total E&P Nigeria, Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Henry Hector-Amiwero, STEM is an emerging trend in educating students in specific disciplines; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, in an interdisciplinary and applied approach, adding that this spurred his organisation to cover the expenses for selected students to participate in the tour to NASA.

He disclosed that the NASA tour included a visit to space vehicle mock up facility, Orion Mission Control, Rocketry build/swing test and launch, lunar habitat construction, robotics build and competition, tour of the neural buoyancy lab and star ship galaxy.

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