NASA panel touring Chatham Co. schools

NASA panel touring Chatham Co. schools

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - All week long, high school students all across Savannah have been discovering that the sky is not the limit.

"it's important for them to see that I'm Hispanic, I'm a woman and I'm a mechanical engineer,” NASA Mobile Launcher Technical Integrator Claudia Eyzaguire said.

Engineers and project managers from NASA visited six Savannah-Chatham schools with a presentation to make space - and space work - less mysterious, while also showing that NASA is more than astronauts and more accessible that the students might think.

"16 years old and a 3.0 grade point average, you can apply for up to 15 opportunities on our intern webpage. And these opportunities are for engineering projects, science projects, maybe business office, even things in the financial office. Anything that we need at NASA,” NASA Education Outreach Specialist Genger Benson Perez said.

It was new information for Cheyenne Markland, who is in the aviation program at Woodville Tompkins.

"When you think of NASA, you think just astronauts. And I'm not really into that,” Markland said.

But the people delivering it also caught her interest.

"I'm glad to see somebody who looks like me and somebody who has been in there as well. It's not just somebody speaking to you, it's somebody who has actually been in it and knows what she's doing,” Markland said.

The students heard about NASA's hope to further explore Mars and the goal to return to the moon by 2024. But what they saw was opportunity that previously might have seemed a planet away.

"The first question we ask them is how old do you need to be to work at NASA and some of them are saying 29 years old, 40 years old. And it’s like, no you can be 16 years old and start your career at NASA.”

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