The North Platte Community College STEM Club attended the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. for a four-day conference beginning March 2.

Daniel Start of North Platte, Camrin Coco of Stapleton, Kaylee Guerrero of Indianola, Taylor Battershaw of Valentine, Juan Zanguitu of 30 de Agosto, Argentina and math and physics instructor Jared Daily attended the event.

This year, the conference featured experts in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and music to brainstorm on ways these fields can better respond to the needs of humanity.

Representatives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) discussed research on Venus, the James Webb Space telescope and air pollution as viewed from space, to name a few topics, according to the AAAS website.

Drexel University gave a presentation about how the brain functions in everyday life (Neuroergonomics), as well as research into energy efficient materials and also HIV.

Students could choose which workshops to attend during registration. They also toured monuments, museums and historical sites in the nation’s capital.

To pay for the trip, the STEM Club hosted star-gazing shows throughout the year, with additional funding came from NPCC Student Senate.

Top photo, from left: Kaylee Guerrero, Taylor Battershaw, Daniel Start, Juan Zanguitu and Camrin Coco inside the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Up the street from the Washington Monument. (Courtesy photos)

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