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Gifted Students in Virginia To Work with NASA Scientists

As part of a NASA STEM initiative, gifted students at the Governor's School for Science and Technology in Virginia will have a chance to work directly with researchers at the space agency's Langley Research Center.

According to the agency, NASA and GSST "have signed a space act agreement providing gifted students the opportunity for hands-on experience and guidance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the goal of inspiring future explorers, scientists and engineers."

The students will be able to work with researchers on hands-on projects and college-level activities and receive mentoring from Langley scientists and engineers.

"NASA welcomes the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the Governor's School to provide rich educational experiences for our future workforce," said Monica Barnes, NASA Langley education partnership development manager, in a prepared statement.

GSST is a two-year, half-day program for high school juniors and seniors that provides courses leading to advanced diplomas in three discreet strands: engineering, biological science, and scientific programming. Students are selected to participate in GSST from 21 schools in the state of Virginia.

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