Texas Tech Hosts 950 High School Students for Presentations by Astronauts and Astronomer

A day of interdisciplinary exploration of the wonder of Earth and outer space to a diverse group of high school students and teachers on the South Plains.

WHAT:           Cool STEAM Day at Texas Tech
(STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)

WHEN:           10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday (Oct. 6)

WHERE:         Allen Theatre, Student Union Building, Texas Tech University

EVENT:          Joseph Acaba, a NASA astronaut, Al Sacco Jr., a former astronaut and dean of engineering at Texas Tech University, and Jose Francisco Salgado, an astronomer and visual artist, will provide a day of interdisciplinary exploration of the wonder of Earth and outer space to a diverse group of high school students and teachers on the South Plains.

Approximately 950 high school students are expected to attend these special presentations.

Acaba, formerly a science teacher, will share his experiences about life, school, science and space in his presentation, Spaceflight.

Salgado will delight the audience with his audiovisual Science thru Art film presentation. He is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, experimental photographer, visual artist and public speaker who creates multimedia experiences that communicate science in engaging ways.

Sacco and Acaba will discuss Salgado's work and their time in space.

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CONTACT:  Zaida M. Gracia, director of special projects, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-6184 office or (787) 209-1374 mobile, or zaida.gracia@ttu.edu.