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Jul 27 2012

NYIT Offers Young Learners an Out-of-This-World Experience

New York, N.Y. (July 27, 2012) New York Institute of Technology’s Career Discovery Camp gave nine high school students a chance to interact with history last week aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City as the museum unveiled its new exhibition area for the space shuttle Enterprise.
 
 
"The campers got to be among the first to see the new Enterprise pavilion and hear about the space program from the people who were there," said NYIT Associate Professor Richard Meyers of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. "And they all had a great time."
 
Completed in 1976, the 122-foot Enterprise was the first space shuttle orbiter constructed by NASA and designed to perform test flights within the atmosphere in the late 1970s. After being stored in the Smithsonian for nearly three decades, the vessel was transported to the Intrepid in spring 2012.
 
The students attended an opening ceremony that included representatives from the Intrepid, NASA administrator Charles Bolden, and Enterprise astronauts Joe Engle, Richard Truly, and Fred Haise. Once inside the new domed pavilion, the campers learned the impact of engineering and technology on the shuttle program. Videos and photos displayed the 30-year history of NASA’s space shuttle program and visitors were permitted to walk around the shuttle and look inside crew cabin windows. Following the tour, the students returned to NYIT's Manhattan campus for a luncheon featuring technology evangelist and NYIT alumnus Ramon Ray (B.S. ’07), who spoke about the crucial roles engineers play in the 21st century.
 
NYIT’s Career Discovery Camp in Engineering and Discovery invites high school students across the New York metropolitan region to the university’s Manhattan campus to promote STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—disciplines.
 
“The whole idea behind the camp is for students to get a sense of what engineering and technology careers are about,” says Meyers. Workshops included video game design, robotics, and electronic music composition. Meyers also oversaw field trips to Verizon’s New York City offices as well as a technical tour of Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center.
 
 
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New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers 90 degree programs, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees, in more than 50 fields of study, including architecture and design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division I team.
 
Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, more than 92,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT. For more information, visit nyit.edu.
 
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