UNION TOWNSHIP - A NASA technology manager spoke to undergrads at Kean University about how innovations meant for space exploration affect everyday life.

NASA officials say they're trying to attract more students to math and the sciences.

"Sometimes engineers and scientists get labeled as nerdy, they're not cool enough," says NASA technology manager Enidia Santiago-Arce. "But actually what we do is pretty cool and the job we do is very interesting."

Inventions like satellites, memory foam, scratch-resistant lenses and water filters were all developed from technology intended for space travel.