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      Parts of NASA-led school program on hold in Burton

      <p> <font size="2">Parts of a <a href="http://www.minbcnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=949485">NASA-led program at two Flint-area schools</a> have been pushed back because of the partial federal government shutdown.</font> </p>

      Parts of a NASA-led program at two Flint-area schools have been pushed back because of the partial federal government shutdown.

      Aimee Phillips, an assistant coordinator with the Genesee Intermediate School District, says that the afterschool program will continue without some aspects in place.

      Phillips says she was notified by NASA about the shutdown's effect and said it won't be a large setback for the Burton schools. Plans on hold include scheduled live video talks with astronauts and items providing direct links with NASA staff and support.

      Roughly a dozen students at Atherton Middle School moved forward Tuesday with their first lesson of constructing a parachute. The pilot program is meant to test and challenge students' skills in areas of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.