Students at the West Boron Elementary School gather to watch as a student prepared to launch a weather balloon during career day activities at the school. (NASA photos / Tom Tschida)
Students at the West Boron Elementary School in the East Kern County town of Boron learned about career possibilities in technical and scientific fields March 12 when NASA Dryden staff members volunteered to tell students about their jobs and showcased the diversity of the NASA workforce.
Image right: Jerry Budd, director of NASA Dryden's aeronautics research, shows off his competition model aircraft to children at the West Boron Elementary School career day.
Sixteen NASA Dryden employees ranging from engineers and the center's flight surgeon to photographers and mechanics outlined their roles that enable the center to function.
NASA civil service and contractor staffers participating included Dr. Gregg Bendrick, Ronnie Boghosian, Steve Brink, Jerry Budd, Keith Day, James Johnson, Ryan Lazarony, Jay Levine, Cyndi Mangus, Wason Miles, Mark Pestana, Carrie Rhoades, Jim Ross, Tom Tschida, Scott Wiley and Leslie Williams.
Image right: West Boron Elementary School employee Nancy Pena shows off a high-G flight suit used by NASA pilots who fly high-performance aircraft with help from NASA Dryden life support technician Wason Miles of CSC during the school's career day.