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Collin Students Delve Into Science at NASA


May 6, 2005 – Three Collin County Community College District (Collin) students recently attended the Community College Aerospace Scholars program at NASA. Jason Kearney, Brian Hanes and Billy Colburn were assigned to three different teams and competed with students from many community colleges around the state. Together the students participated in a robot-building competition that simulated the experience of a NASA contractor. Kearney was a member of the winning team and played the role of presenter in his group.

According to Tom Mobley, Collin mathematics professor, the program also catered to teachers and offered mini seminars that focused on incorporating real-world NASA exercises into mathematics and science curriculum.

“In addition to constructing robots, the students gave speeches and created PowerPoint presentations to demonstrate their products. The teams were given a timeline, parts and a budget, and if they missed an item on the schedule they had money taken away from their budget just like real contractors,” said Mobley laughing.

Collin students met astronaut and biologist Dr. Peggy Whitson, stood on the floors of both the old and new Mission Controls and had the opportunity to see astronauts practicing exiting the shuttle in an emergency and replacing shuttle tiles in a simulated space environment.

To learn more about Collin student opportunities with NASA, call Professor Mobley at 972.881.5135.

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