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Meharry Data Science Summer Academy

Free, two-week NASA Robotics and Data Science Summer Program for 15 students in grades 9-12.

July 18 – 29, 2022 
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Meharry Medical Center Library 
2001 Albion Street
Nashville, TN 37208

Email Todd Gary at or Eugene Levin at

Spend two weeks getting hands-on exposure with NASA research and data science, one of the fastest growing careers, in this free program. Participants will learn how they can combine data, statistics and coding to solve real-world problems, meet an astronaut, and work with industrial grade robotics. The program is for students who will be in grades 9–12 during the 2022–2023 school year. Students must have a teacher submit the student recommendation form to be considered for the program.

Program Overview:
Week 1:  Understanding data for robots in terrestrial and extraterrestrial environments              
Week 2: Hands on experience with programming and robotics          

Meet astronaut Dr. Sian Proctor, the first Black woman to pilot a spacecraft

Dr. Sian Proctor

Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.

Work with industrial grade robotics systems, including SPOT, a robotic dog built by Boston Dynamics.

Spot is an agile mobile robot that navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility, allowing you to automate routine inspection tasks and data capture safely, accurately, and frequently.

SPOT, a robotic dog

Free program. Limited to 15 students.