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NASA Expert Visits BIBS

May, 2016
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Middle School and High School students, staff and some parents of Beanstalk International Bilingual School were treated to an “out of this world” presentation by NASA’s own Ed Buckbee on 29 March. 

For more than five decades, Buckbee has played many roles at NASA including advisor, public affairs officer, professor, and director emeritus as well as the founder of the US Space Camp. As part of this BIBS Speaker Series event, he provided a historical overview of the US space travel – sharing the heroic astronauts’ personal stories and recounting their valiant expeditions into space including the landing on the Moon by Neil Armstrong.  

Buckbee’s visually stimulating images and videos fascinated the audience. His dynamic lecture covered the missions of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, as well as presented the cool, state-of-the-art features of spacecraft, space lab, space shuttle and international space station. From a historical point of view and from a personal perspective, Buckbee really captured the dream of flying higher and faster in space for American astronauts. 

Furthermore, he fervently shouted to the students that they are “The Mars Generation,” and he implored them to put greater emphasis on their math and science studies and he encouraged them to take advanced coursework in these subjects as well.  

Buckbee held a lively Q&A with the students. Then, he shared detailed information and a video about the US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. He encouraged the students to consider joining the camp and hoped to launch collaboration between the US Space Camp and BIBS. Buckbee added that strengthening international cooperation and exchange between young people would help to make a better future for mankind.


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