Why NASA Called The Northwest Indian College Space Center

January 10th, 2017 by KGMI

When you think of the Lummi Reservation, you probably don’t think “space exploration.” But that’s what NASA thought recently because of a little science project at the Northwest Indian College. Computer science teacher Gary Brandt told KUOW.org his students were launching rockets made from recycled water bottles and decided to call themselves a space center as a joke.

They moved up to real rocket kits, and then got a call from NASA, who wanted to give them $5,000 a year to enter national science competitions. It’s all part of NASA’s mission to get under-represented students into science, engineering and math programs.

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