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NASA Boosts STEM with Facebook Launch

Educators who are skeptical about students spending their time at social-networking Web sites may have a reason to rethink that opinion.

The U.S. space agency has started a Facebook page as a way to engage young people with its activities involving science, technology, engineering, and math education.

The NASA page is intended for students in grades 9-12 and higher ed. It offers news about competitions, feature articles, podcasts, and videos.

Students must have their own (free) Facebook membership before signing up for the NASA site.

The page will also update students on opportunities that have an upcoming deadline, timetables for launches or landings of the space shuttle, and other significant NASA events.

The page will be updated daily, except for weekends and holidays, according to NASA's Jan. 12 announcement.

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