HOT SPRINGS - It's a dream for many -- to one day have the opportunity to work on a project with NASA. And five Hot Springs High School students are doing just that.
“I’ve heard about NASA a lot, and you always hear about NASA, I never thought I could be part of it," said Hot Springs sophomore Laci Lien.
The five Hot Springs High School students were invited to join an exclusive group of 400 from around the world to work with NASA GLOBE scientists.
The students representing Hot Springs are collecting atmospheric data every day, specifically in helping NASA satellites discern the difference between cloud cover and snow…
“Basically, it gives us the opportunity to be student scientists, and Hot Springs was assigned the atmosphere, so we’re researching cloud cover, ground temperature, things like that," sophomore Jenny Scrivner said.
The reward for these girls is an opportunity of a lifetime…a two-week trip to Killearney, Ireland early this summer to meet with top NASA scientists, and fellow student citizens researchers around the globe to present their findings…
“We’re going to present our findings for the scientific questioning and answering room, and then we also are doing this with other kids from around the world and learning what they learned," Scrivner told MTN News. “To be able to get up in front of 400 students and countless adults and NASA Scientists to present their research is huge.”
Hot Springs High School teacher, Beau Herman, got the ball rolling on this opportunity last summer when he helped write the grant that lead to this opportunity. He says the benefits of this opportunity will extend long past their summer trip to Killearney…
“Being able to work with NASA, and put that on their resume or college application is huge, it’s going to open doors for them down the road career-wise or collegiate-wise, wherever they want to go," Heman said.
Pulling off a trip like this one is no easy feat -- the students need to raise a total of $15,000 to help fund this once in a lifetime experience. The good news is, that this small community is already working hard to raise the money necessary to give these five young ladies an opportunity they won’t forget.
This will be the first time any of the five Hot Springs students will have traveled outside the United States