Cañada College Engineering & Mathematics Professor Amelito Enriquez will travel to Washington, D.C. on Sept. 26 to meet will Congressional staffers at a special "Lunch & Learn" event hosted by the NASA Office of Eduction.
Enriquez will take a new video
produced by the college that highlights the educational opportunities afforded Cañada students through the NASA Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (CIPAIR) grant. CIPAIR assists two- and four-year minority institutions with strengthening their science, technology, engineering and mathematics academic fields and technical programs. Funding is used to increase the quantity and quality of STEM curricula, the number of underrepresented and underserved students who attain degrees in STEM, and the number of underrepresented and underserved students who choose careers in NASA-related fields.
"This is an excellent opportunity to illustrate to NASA and to decision makers in the federal government that this program is making a difference in the lives of students," Enriquez said.
The event will highlight NASA's educational initiatives. Enriquez will have the opportunity to interact directly with Capitol Hill staffers at NASA's exhibit tables, which will be staffed by one partner and at least one NASA Education representative. Partners will also be invited to take part in a panel discussion led by Associate Administrator for Education, Leland Melvin.