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Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA's Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as a Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation's dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!
The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (BGCFL) is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Club staff recognizes that learning doesn't stop after school is over for the day, and as a result each Club member who walks through the door each afternoon has the opportunity to participate in quality STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) focused activities. The Club is different from others - the BGCFL offers programs like beekeeping, aviation, robotics, and Imagine Mars, allowing members to interact with STEAM professionals and encouraging the pursuit of learning and higher education. Here, learning becomes synonymous with Club activities, and members can't wait to join in the fun