On October 1, 2014, NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr.visited the Ontario Science Centre as a part of NASA’s science education outreach program. More than 300 students from Don Mills, Mark Garneau, David and Mary Thomson and Winston Churchill Collegiate Institutes as well as Senator O’Connor College School attended Bolden’s motivational presentation and discussion. The NASA Administrator talked about NASA and shared some information on his four space flights, including piloting and commanding the mission. Students were highly interested in the presentation and asked a number of questions related to the space, missions and NASA’s activities.
Administrator Bolden met and congratulated NASA’s 2014 International Space Apps Challenge ‘Hackathon’ winners in the Challenger Learning Centre and presented them with autographed plaques during his visit. The International Space Apps Challenge is a two-day hackathon where teams of technologists, scientists, designers, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, developers and students across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.
He also presented NASA photo montage to the Ontario Science Centre, which was accepted by the Centre’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Maurice Bitran.