Throughout its often spectacular history, NASA has advanced many dynamic programs and initiatives aimed at inspiring the next generation of researchers to pursue careers in the sciences, math, technology and engineering.
In much the same vein, the BRIC was conceived as a place where the community could witness for themselves the commonly cloistered process of technical innovation. "Research-on-display" became a design theme that produced a research environment with broad, museum-like corridors and windowed, showcase laboratories, that opens up the world of discovery to all.
Today, as NASA shifts focus even as it mentors a new breed of private sector space entrepreneurs, much of its vast inventory of space gear is being offered for display where it will continue to advance the frontiers of exploration and knowledge -- by inspiring young researchers-in-the-making.
Already, the BRIC has applied for and received NASA artifacts valued in the millions of dollars that are destined for public exhibition throughout the research facility. From articles of clothing worn by the astronauts, to medical instrumentation, spacecraft recovery parafoils, Space Shuttle components and dozens of other fascinating items, the BRIC is becoming a much-valued resource for area teachers, parents and others whose roles are crucial to sustaining and advancing America's stature in technological innovation for decades to come.
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