FORDYCE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INSPIRE NASA AUDIENCE
Karen Ballance and Cory Culp students at Fordyce High School,
Fordyce, Ark., and their physical science-biology teacher Mrs.
Pamela Vaughan, helped inspire a group of aerospace engineers
earlier this month at NASA's Turning Goals into Reality Conference
in Williamsburg, Va.
Each year NASA's Office of Aerospace Technology sponsors a
technical conference called "Turning Goals into Reality" (TGIR),
which is attended by engineers and managers from government,
industry and academia nation-wide. A highlight of TGIR is the
annual awards banquet, at which NASA recognizes engineers and
others who have made significant contributions to aerospace
Because the Office of Aerospace Technology has a strong interest
in promoting education, it has become a tradition to include a
student presentation on the TGIR agenda. This year NASA invited
Vaughan to bring Ballance and Culp to Williamsburg to make a
presentation at the TGIR banquet, which was held June 11 at the
Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va.
The soon-to-be tenth-graders demonstrated for conference
attendees how they used a NASA Aerospace Technology educational
program (Earth to Orbit: Engineering Design Challenge) in their
physical science class.
With the aid of a computer presentation, complete with graphics,
video and a little humor, the students told the audience about the
results of a classroom assignment to build and test an effective
Their lesson not only reminded the audience of engineers how
important it is to teach and use scientific methods, but also it
helped emphasize to the group how critical it is to make learning
about aerospace technology interesting to the next generation.