Dr. Andrew Mattioda conducts Education Outreach to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Amattioda Choctaw
Amattioda Choctaw

July 12-15, 2014, Dr. Andrew Mattioda traveled to the Choctaw Nation Jones Academy boarding school to participate in their first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) summer camp for Choctaw Nation youth. Coming from a background similar to theirs, Dr. Mattioda talked with the students about the path he took to become a NASA scientist as well as career opportunities in the STEM fields. He also assisted the students with laboratory experiments designed to teach them about chemistry and biology. While at the STEM camp, Dr. Mattioda met with the director of Jones Academy, the school principle and the STEM camp organizer to discuss possible ways to increase the participation of Choctaw students in the STEM career fields. This trip was funded by the NASA Ames Native American Advisory Committee.