In closing, I want to speak directly to the young people in the audience. The work we do at NASA every day is focused on revealing the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. NASA needs you to fulfill that vision.This excerpt is from Administrator Bolden's speech at Blastoff: Encouraging Young People to Enter and Stay in the STEM Fields.
We need engineers to help us design the new rockets and capsules that will take us farther into the solar system than we’ve ever been. We need scientists and researchers to help us develop materials to withstand the stresses of deep space exploration; to sustain humans for long-duration stays in space; to make air transportation quicker, safer and more efficient; and to aid us in our quest to unravel the mysteries of the cosmos and learn more about our own planet.
As NASA takes its next great leap into deep space exploration, we are determined that American workers and American companies lead the way. That means you! NASA needs you! America needs you! You are the keys to growing our economy, strengthening our nation’s competitive edge and winning the future.
It all begins with STEM. So my message to you is simple: Get with it in the classroom! Stay with it no matter how tough it gets; and keep preparing yourselves to take your rightful place as the next great generation of American engineers, scientists and innovators.
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