NASA Astronaut to visit Farmington

NASA Astronaut to visit Farmington February 20-21
Posted on 02/04/2020
NASA astronaut, Mark Vande Hei

Connections in this community, on this earth, and in space have resulted in an amazing opportunity for local Farmington Area school children and the community to experience a visit from NASA astronaut, Mark Vande Hei. Vande Hei will be in Farmington on February 20-21 to visit with students during the school day at Dodge Middle School, Boeckman Middle School and Farmington High School.

Vande Hei will also present a talk, titled Space is Closer than You Think, for the community on February 20 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Farmington High School in the Large Lecture Hall. During the talk Vande Hei will also share mission highlights from his time aboard the International Space Station and his related training. This event is free and open to the public. 

Todd Kohorst, Boeckman Middle School Science Teacher, has shared his interest in space with his students through teaching topics of gravity, forces, acceleration and engineering. When Kohorst met Vande Hei’s mother, who is a substitute teacher in Farmington Area Public Schools, she shared many of her son’s experiences with him. Subsequently, students began benefiting through this new connection by sending a Farmington Tigers pin with Vande Hei on an International Space Station trip. The astronaut sent back pictures and a new exciting learning opportunity was launched! 

Vande Hei’s official NASA bio is here:

An astronaut appearance is an exciting and memorable experience for all involved. The benefits of America’s space program can be found just about everywhere. To find more information about the space program’s contributions, visit this website:

Farmington High School is located at 20655 Flagstaff Avenue, Farmington, MN 55024. 

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