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NASA advances Exploration Objectives in 2016

 

Written by Bob Jacobs / Allard Beutel
NASA Headquarters

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – In 2016, NASA drove advances in technology, science, aeronautics and space exploration that enhanced the world’s knowledge, innovation, and stewardship of Earth.

“This past year marked record-breaking progress in our exploration objectives,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “We advanced the capabilities we’ll need to travel farther into the solar system while increasing observations of our home and the universe, learning more about how to continuously live and work in space, and, of course, inspiring the next generation of leaders to take up our Journey to Mars and make their own discoveries.”

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This illustration depicts NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Adventure Science Center’s New Winter Wonder Weekends to bring Families together for Holiday Science and Fun

 

Adventure Science Center to launch new holiday programming beginning November 26th

Adventure Science CenterNashville, TN – Adventure Science Center will kick off the holiday season with a brand new series, Winter Wonder Weekends, premiering November 26th and continuing every Saturday and Sunday through the holidays.

This exciting new programming will offer families a chance to play, create, and learn together while exploring amazing holiday-themed science. Innovative activities abound in a lineup that includes everything from toy dissection to igloo building to an investigation of holiday movie magic.

Winter Wonder Weekends Activities, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Saturdays and Sundays.

Please note: Not all activities may be available at each event day.

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Tennessee Students the Fastest Improving in the Nation in Science

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced that Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the nation in science, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card.

The last time fourth and eighth grade students both took NAEP science was 2009, and the 2015 NAEP results show Tennessee is the only state to grow faster than the nation in both grades with Tennessee students doubling the average national growth.

Tennessee is the Only State to Grow Faster than Nation in Both Grades on NAEP since 2009

Tennessee is the Only State to Grow Faster than Nation in Both Grades on NAEP since 2009

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NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center students test fly Mars Airplane Prototype

 

Written by Jay Levine, X-Press editor
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEdwards, CA – Some interns get coffee. Others might make copies. Not at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, where a group of students successfully flew a prototype of an aircraft that could one day fly in the Martian atmosphere and send its findings back to Earth.

Called the Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M, the small, remotely piloted glider aircraft flew August 11th at Armstrong. It continues an effort that began last year with a mostly different group of students.

The Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M, flies during a test flight. Students during the past two summers worked on the concept leading to successful flights. (NASA Photo / Lauren Hughes)

The Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars, or Prandtl-M, flies during a test flight. Students during the past two summers worked on the concept leading to successful flights. (NASA Photo / Lauren Hughes)

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Tennessee is Top State in United States for Advanced Industry Job Growth according to Brookings Institution Report

 

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee ranks No. 1 among U.S. states for advanced industry job growth since 2013, the Brookings Institution found in a newly released report.

From 2013 to 2015, Tennessee’s advanced industry jobs increased by an average of 4.6 percent annually, according to Brookings, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. With the highest percentage growth rate among U.S. states, Tennessee outpaced the national average of 2.46 percent annual advanced industry job growth.

Tennessee’s Advanced Industry Jobs grew 4.6% annually from 2013 to 2015.

Tennessee’s Advanced Industry Jobs grew 4.6% annually from 2013 to 2015.

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) fills Administrator Positions

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) has selected three candidates to fill administrator positions for the upcoming school year.

Current assistant principal, Scott Wainwright, has been appointed to serve as the principal of New Providence Middle School.  Rossview Middle School teacher, Jenette Spurbeck, has been chosen as an assistant principal at Clarksville High School (CHS).  Richview Middle School (RIMS) teacher, Lisa Courson, has been selected as an assistant principal at RIMS.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System's administrators (Top: L to R) Scott Wainwright, Jenette Spurbeck, and Lisa Courson.

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s administrators (Top: L to R) Scott Wainwright, Jenette Spurbeck, and Lisa Courson.

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Clarksville Students Seek Fun in the Lab Instead of Fun in the Sun

 

Written by Karin Fielder Weaver and Kelly C. Motes
Intellectually gifted teens are always on the lookout for extra challenges.

Nashville State Community CollegeNashville, TN – As most teenagers head to the pool for summer break, two of Nashville State Community College’s youngest students, Hannah Motes, age 15, and Sebastian Motes, age 13, are getting ready to head off to a summer full of academic camps following their completion of more than 30 college credits.

These academically talented dual-enrollment students recently made the news by finishing their first year at Nashville State Community College (NSCC). Hannah began attending NSCC in June 2015 at the age of 14. To date, she has completed 38 college credits, with a cumulative college GPA of 3.45.

(L to R) Hannah Motes and Sebastian Motes.

(L to R) Hannah Motes and Sebastian Motes.

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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System Offers Four Summer Academy-Themed Camps

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) will be offering four different academy-themed camps for students this summer.

They include: a STEM Exploration Camp at Kenwood High School; a Create Workshop at Rossview High School; a MediCamp at Northwest High School; and an Ag Summer Camp at Montgomery Central High School.

All of the three-day camps are $40.00 each.

Four Academy-Themed Camps to be offered by Clarksville-Montgomery County School System this summer.

Four Academy-Themed Camps to be offered by Clarksville-Montgomery County School System this summer.

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APSU to host STEM, Pre-Health Career Day on April 4th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University (APSU) Office of Career Services will host a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Career Day, along with a Health Professional Career Day, from 1:00pm-4:00pm on April 4th, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

Austin Peay State University's Morgan University Center. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University’s Morgan University Center. (APSU)

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