The NASA Ames NAI team participates in the Chickasaw Nation Aeronautics and Space Academy (CNASA)

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On June 7th and 8th, Drs. Partha Bera and Gustavo Cruz-Diaz, of the NASA Ames NAI (NASA Astrobiology Institute) CAN 7 team, participated in the Chickasaw Nation Aeronautics and Space Academy (CNASA), held in Ada, OK.

The Chickasaw Nation conducts the week-long camp to encourage their Native American youth to consider careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. During their two days at the camp, Drs. Cruz-Diaz and Bera talked to the 24 high school students about NASA and STEM career opportunities as well as conducted hands-on science demonstrations, teaching them about infrared light, chromatography, Kepler, spectroscopy as well as how to make a comet.

The Chickasaw students came from states as far away as Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois, in addition to being from the Chickasaw Nation area of Oklahoma.