March 13, 2020 – Here on the Space Coast we see how inspirational NASA and the aerospace industry can be. Launches are a constant reminder as these pioneers continue to explore beyond the bonds of earth.
To encourage school children in the important fields of science and art, NASA created a Student Art Contest, and this year Camilia Garcia, a tenth-grader in North Bergan, New Jersey, earned the highest honor.
“In regards to the mission to the Moon and Mars, I’m pumped that something as extraordinary as heading back to the Moon is happening in my lifetime,” Camilia Garcia said. “It reignites my love for astronomy that had not been fully acknowledged for so long and inspires me to indulge myself in the fascinating concept of space.”
The competition had a record 1,277 entries from 40 states and Puerto Rico.
The art contest is intended to illustrate where NASA is going next in the realms of research, development, missions and innovations that highlight NASA’s human exploration activities that touch aspects of our lives here on Earth.
Viera has a long history of supporting high-quality education in our area. Current examples include:
- Viera Area Elementary School is scheduled to open in August of 2020.
- Viera Charter School is undergoing a 43,000 square foot expansion, which is anticipated to be completed by the start of the 2020-21 school year.
- Pinecrest Academy, a dual language school, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 with 400 to 600 students, will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- And the AMAZING EXPLORERS Academy will soon open a new campus in Viera with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics). The academy encourages a hands-on, play-based approach to learning.