Reed Integration, Inc. Engages Students with Innovative Math Activity at NASA Langley’s STEM Connect Saturday

Hampton, VA – May 22, 2024 – Reed Integration, Inc. (Reed) proudly participated in the recent STEM Connect Saturday event hosted by NASA Langley Research Center, held at the Virginia Air and Space Science Center on May 4, 2024. The event, designed to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, featured a variety of interactive activities. Reed hosted a unique math-focused activity that challenged students by integrating real-world applications of mathematics with space exploration.

The centerpiece of Reed’s involvement was a hands-on activity exploring the logistics and costs associated with selecting and transporting meals to the International Space Station (ISS). This hands-on exercise required students to select items from a variety of pre-packaged foods to create balanced meals that met essential dietary requirements for astronauts.

Once students selected their items, they were tasked with calculating the total nutritional content and the combined weight of the food. Using this data, the Reed team guided them through the process of estimating the transportation costs for sending these meals to the ISS. This exercise highlighted the significant expenses involved in space missions and provided an opportunity for students to apply their math skills in a practical, space-related context.

“Our goal was to show students how mathematical principles are used in real-world scenarios, especially in the field of space exploration,” said Steve Vigus, a member of Reed’s STEM outreach team.  “Reed has supported aerospace programs with cost modeling/analysis and estimating services for more than 20 years, so it made sense to use a cost estimating scenario for this event. Our goal was to show students that basic math is important in solving complex problems, such as planning and executing space missions.”

The activity not only underscored the critical role of mathematics in space travel but also encouraged students to think creatively and analytically. Participants were able to see firsthand how their classroom learning translates into the high-stakes environment of space logistics.

Reed is committed to fostering educational opportunities that inspire and equip young minds to pursue careers in STEM fields. Through various STEM events, the company hopes to continue making a positive impact on the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.

STEM Connect Saturday is a recurring event, drawing in hundreds of students and families eager to explore the realms of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For information about upcoming events at Virginia Air and Space Science Center visit vasc.org.

A woman-owned small business, Reed is a leader in the government services industry offering analysis, learning, and innovation for aerospace, defense, homeland security, manufacturing, and transportation clients. Through partnerships and participation in community events, Reed aims to make STEM learning accessible and exciting for students of all ages.

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