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NASA Education Forum to Focus on Students’ Vision for Future

WASHINGTON July 6, 2011 Thursday, July 7 Orlando

The forum will take place one day before the final space shuttle launch and is the agency’s first-ever "unconference." A popular trend in the technology sector, an unconference has no set agenda or prescribed desired outcome. Instead, it offers an opportunity for the participants, primarily college students, to guide the discussions, encouraging creative interaction and debate among the attendees.

"We want our student participants to feel free to have an open dialogue about what is important to them in the context of space exploration, aeronautics, technology and robotics," said NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin. "Sometimes having a set agenda or discussion topic can stifle creativity. These young people are our next generation of scientists, engineers and explorers. We encourage them to reach higher, and we are anxious to hear what exciting pursuits they envision for the future."

Kennedy Space Center Florida Atlantis

August 2007 Barbara R. Morgan

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