NathanielLeichty, a College of Lake County Honors Scholar, became part of an eight-person group that put 2nd in a four-team competitors to style and develop a design of a Mars rover at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in HoustonFeb 13-16

TheWauconda homeowner likewise got a couple of “nuggets” as valued as red Martian rocks: Project abilities, NASA profession coaches and brand-new relationships with neighborhood university student from around the nation. But many of all, he discovered that a NASA profession is achievable not simply for trainees from distinguished Ivy League schools, however for anybody with self-motivation and research study abilities.

“The NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars experience has been the pinnacle of my time as a CLC student,”stated Leichty, a sophomore geology significant who prepares to make academic degrees in either geology or another earth science field and work as a researcher for either a non-profit company or a federal company.

“For example, we attended a career pep talk from an Apollo 13 engineer, a high-school dropout who later earned a college degree and now works in information technology. Hearing those talks, and participating in the competition raised my self-confidence and made me realize that a NASA career is a real possibility, not a pipe dream.”

Leichtywas among 171 U.S. neighborhood university student picked to take part in the experience, divided into 4 different group check outs. He certified by finishing an online application and ending up a five-week, online course last fall.

Leichtyand about 40 other peers were divided into 4 completing groups. The objective: In 2 days, usage Lego® & reg;Mindstorms& reg; EV3 robotic parts to develop a model and develop Mars rover that might recover 4 rock samples and imitate a mineral-content analysis within 10 minutes. Each group rapidly needed to form a fictitious business, clarify functions, work within a budget plan, willpower disputes and eventually pitch their concept to a panel of NASA coaches.

“At our graduation ceremony, we were shown a congratulatory video message from an astronaut and a cosmonaut aboard the International Space Station,”Leichty stated. “It was very awesome.” Besides the rover competitors, he explored a training module for the International Space Station and checked out a swimming pool utilized to prepare astronauts for a zero-gravity environment.

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CLC trainee assists style Mars rover design at NASA workshop by: Elie Abi Younes published:


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