Yesterday marked the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SoSTEM) event at the White House. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was joined by NASA and over 130 middle and high school students from schools in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.
NASA astronauts Terry Virts and Barry E. “Butch” Wilmore took a brief break from their station research to join the students at SoSTEM and answer questions and share with these students their perspectives on STEM education and professions. Even more exciting, OSTP Director John Holdren and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden arranged for a rare opportunity to connect with two members of the International Space Station crew at 1:30 p.m. for a live ground-to-space question and answer session.
Luckily for those of us who could not make it, the event was recorded and you can watch the whole event here.