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High School Students Learn About Air Traffic Control Careers

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A group of ninth-grade students from San Mateo High School, Calif., were given a unique opportunity to transfer problem-solving skills from the classroom to the real world.

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hosted a field trip packed with authentic air traffic control experiences for the students at the FAA's Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center in Fremont, Calif.

The two-hour field trip was part of NASA and the FAA's partnership in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and related careers using a NASA education project called "Smart Skies." The project uses the theme of air traffic control to connect mathematics, problem solving, and decision-making skills to the real world.

To learn more about NASA Ames Research Center, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/ames

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