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STEM Scouts Learn About Cosmic Careers From a Former Astronaut

Former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson addresses students in Austin, TX. (Photo credit: KXAN)
Former NASA astronaut Greg Johnson addresses students in Austin, TX. (Photo credit: KXAN)

Space travel might seem like a lofty goal to some, but according to former astronaut Greg Johnson, “It’s really the next frontier.”

The former astronaut shared his inspiring perspective on outer space with STEM Scouts from the Capitol Area Council and their schoolmates last month, when he stopped by an Austin middle school, according to TWC News.

During his visit, he encouraged the students to pursue their interests in STEM-related fields, which may even include careers out of this world. Think your drive to work is bad? Imagine commuting to the moon and back! Jobs in space may sound like a thing of the future, but according to Johnson, the future may be closer than you think.

“It’s going to evolve in their lifetimes in ways that we can’t even contemplate,” Johnson said of space travel.

Johnson tells students about his experience in space. (Photo credit: KXAN)
Johnson tells students about his experience in space. (Photo credit: KXAN)

During his speech, the former astronaut expressed the importance of America’s youth pursuing STEM careers, reported KXAN.

Johnson explained, “We’ve been leaders in the space program. It’s important for our next generation to be involved and engaged and those innovators in that next chapter of space travel.”

During his own career with NASA, Johnson piloted the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final flight and the penultimate flight of the Space Shuttle Program.

Read more about Gary Johnson’s fascinating middle school visit in the story by KXAN and the story and video from TWC News.

Are you ready to get involved in the exciting world of STEM learning? Head to STEMscouts.org to learn more about BSA’s innovative new program!

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Rochelle Randles

Rochelle

Rochelle Randles is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She enjoys sharing incredible adventure stories within the Scouting community and beyond. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at communications@scouting.org.