STANTON – Delaware Technical Community College student Richard “Toby” Bennett of Stanton, DE, was selected as one of 40 community and junior college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project. Participants worked with NASA engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.
The three-day event offered students from across the nation the opportunity to interact with each other as they learned more about careers in science and engineering. While at NASA, the students formed teams and established fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company was responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure including budget, communications and presentations.
The on-site experience at NASA included a tour of facilities and briefings by noted NASA employees.
National Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project based on Texas Community College Aerospace Scholars, originally created by the state of Texas in partnership with NASA and the Texas educational community. Both projects are designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nation’s highly technical workforce.
Toby was recently featured on WDEL 1150 talking about his experience: http://www.wdel.com/story.php?id=44711 .