Local

July 19, 2012

AV students prepare to leave for Space Camp

by Rebecca Amber
Staff Writer

Northrop Grumman Foundation will be sponsoring 48 middle school students and 16 middle schools teachers from across the country to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., this summer.

Students attending Space Camp will participate in a “space adventure” building a launching rockets, experience weightlessness in an astronaut-training simulator and learning about space travel preparation.

Meanwhile, the teachers selected to attend camp will be given, according to a Northrop Grumman Foundation press release, “tools to enhance how they present science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts in their classrooms.”

Brian Pease was selected from his school to attend space camp based on an essay he wrote about starting a new civilization on the moon.

Students selected for sponsorship were chosen based on their potential to continue to perform well in the areas of math and science, and two of those students are from the Antelope Valley, Calif. Brian Pease, a student at Endeavour Middle School, won his spot on the trip by writing an essay on the next lunar landing. “Originally, I thought that I couldn’t win,” said Pease, “but then the teachers extended the deadline.”

Pease was tasked with writing an essay that described when, how and why we as humans need to start a new civilization on the moon. In his conclusion, Pease wrote, “I believe that we should go back to the moon and make a new home for us and for scientific purposes. If the earth were to be destroyed from war or a natural disaster, humankind has a chance to continue on and repopulate the Earth if needed. It would also be a launching point to explore other planets. People need to feel pride in exploration again.”

“With writing you get to express your feelings,” said Pease. He added that he also likes the experiments he gets to do in his science classes at school. Pease reported that he is excited about the simulators at camp and said, “most importantly, I will experience what astronauts do when they go to the moon and how they respond to [various circumstances].”

His mother, Tina Pease said, “he called me first and said ‘Mom you remember that essay that I wrote? Well, I’m going to Space Camp.’ I about fainted.” Bill Pease, Brian’s father, said, “My first reaction was jealousy … I would’ve loved that opportunity, that’s why I encouraged him to go for it.”

“I’m hoping that he’s going to get exposed to the aerospace industry and that it will spark the engineer in him, said Mrs. Pease, “he’s into designing and he’s a thinker.”

Pease’s grandfather, Bob Pease is also “very much impressed” with his grandson. “Aviation’s been pretty much my life,” said Mr. Pease, former air traffic controller and commercial pilot, “When I heard he was going to space camp I started loosing all kinds of buttons off my shirt as my chest started puffing up a little bit.”

Ethan Melero was selected to attend Space Camp because of his grades in science and math.

Ethan Melero, a student at Joe Walker Middle School, was also selected to attend this year’s Space Camp.

While Melero was not required to write an essay, he was selected because he has excelled in math and science at his school. “I got called into the office during P.E. and I thought I was in trouble,” said Melero. That’s when he was told that his teacher, Heidi Hernandez along with his principal, Chis Fitzgerald, had recommended him for the trip.

“I was getting very high grades in school,” said Melero, “This is probably my best year actually.” Melero said that his favorite subjects are math and science and he also participates in a Lego robotics team. He also added that someday he would like to have a career as an engineer.

Melero has already started researching the things he will learn about during camp. “I know we’re going to be doing water activities and I also thought it was really cool that we’re going to be visiting a Mars exhibit,” said Melero, “I’m also going into a 4-G lift-off simulator, I really want to do that.”

Ethan’s mother, Wendy Melero, said that she was “scared” at first about sending her son to Alabama alone, but now feels “confident in Northrop Grumman” because they have sent weekly updates about camp. Ms. Melero also added that she is “super proud.”

“I really want to thank my mom and all my aunts for really helping me and pushing me to do this,” said Melero.

Pease and Melero are both going into the eighth grade this year. They will leave for came July 28 and return Aug. 3. Space Camp is for students between the ages of 12 and 14 and will be in either seventh or eighth grade during their attendance. Northrop Grumman Foundation has sponsored students annually for the past four years. For more information about Space Camp visit www.spacecamp.com.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Headlines July 31, 2015

News: Carter: Military leaders could arm more troops at home – Following the recent fatal shooting of four Marines and a sailor in Tennessee, Defense Secretary Ash Carter is ordering the military services to consider new policies that would enhance security for troops at home, including potentially arming more personnel.   Business: DOD weighs supplier base,...
 
 

News Briefs July 31, 2015

U.S. delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt The United States Embassy in Cairo says the U.S. is delivering eight newer F-16 warplanes to Egypt as part of an ongoing military support package. It says in a July 30 statement that the aircraft, of the current Block 52 production variant, will be flown in from...
 
 
Lockheed Martin photograph

Lockheed Martin successfully tests design changes for Orion spacecraft’s fairing separation system

Lockheed Martin photograph A protective panel for Orion’s service module is jettisoned during testing at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale, California facility. This test series evaluated design changes to the spacecraft’s fair...
 

 

Australian company to provide parts for initial production of Triton UAS

Northrop Grumman has awarded the first Australian supplier contract for the U.S. Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system initial production lot to Ferra Engineering. Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering will manufacture mechanical sub-assemblies for the first four Triton air vehicles including structural components. “At Northrop Grumman it’s very important to not only develop...
 
 
Boeing photograph

CH-46 ‘Phrog’ makes its last hop

Boeing photograph The CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter commonly known as the “Phrog,” is set to retire and to be flown one last time by Reserve Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 774 on Aug. 1. The CH-46 Sea Knight is a med...
 
 

Insitu awarded LRIP Lot IV RQ-21A Blackjack Systems contract

Under the terms of its latest contract, Insitu will build six RQ-21A Blackjack systems for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The $78-million Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lot IV Low Rate Initial Production contract is the latest event in the program’s progression toward the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation phase.   “This award will...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>