Kansas Common Sense

One of my goals as a United States Senator is to create and foster an environment where young Kansans interested in STEM can receive a quality education and enjoy robust career opportunities right here at home.

As part of this mission, I hosted NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and NASA Astronaut Don Pettit this weekend in Wichita to speak with students interested in STEM and space exploration. Over 150 Kansas students, educators and families heard from Astronaut Pettit on his path to becoming an astronaut and his many missions to the International Space Station. Astronaut Pettit shared exciting stories from his time in space and encouraged students to “find their frontier” and chase after their dreams. I am certain that we had numerous future scientists, engineers, mathematicians – and even astronauts! – in the room with us.

Events like this are important as we work to inspire and train the next generation of inventors and innovators. And through my positions as a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, I’m committed to making certain we support agencies, projects and programs that increase opportunities for our young people so that they can have rewarding, meaningful careers right here in Kansas.

To watch a recap of our day in Wichita, click here

Very truly yours,

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