Ten Youngsters Work On Everything From Wiring To Geography
Allen Wong, a senior at Highland
High School in Palmdale, wants to study electrical engineering in
college. This summer he is examining the flow of electricity at
NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base.
Wong is updating a 2002 facility electricity study completed by
his mentor, Dryden facility electrical engineer Jon Ferrall. Wong
is often seen in search of electrical panels, with blueprints and
clipboard in hand.
"I watched the Apollo 13 movie and noticed that mission control
was really, really busy," said Wong. "It is not only the space part
of NASA that is busy. Everyone at Dryden works hard and attempts to
solve problems no matter how big or small. I am honored, as a high
school student, to witness this dedication."
Wong is one of 10 students participating in NASA Dryden's Summer
High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP). Representing
eight Antelope Valley and East Kern area high schools, the
apprenticeship is an eight-week, research-based mentoring program
designed for students who excel in engineering, geography,
mathematics, science and technology.
Leighna Baxter, of Quartz Hill High School, is writing a process
for technicians who service desktop computers at the center. She
hopes to combine her interest in chemistry with computers. Baxter
and the other interns were given a guided tour of the U.S. Borax
Inc. mine and a briefing on the chemical properties of borax that
she found fascinating.
Alexandra Guzman, a senior at Paraclete High in Lancaster, is
working alongside Baxter. She too sees computers in her future.
Also interning this summer are Antelope Valley High seniors
Laura Bookman and Felicia Kaltz, Lancaster High students Alan Tepe
and Benjamin Coleman-Levy, Elliot Mork of Mojave High School, and
Rebecca Hicks and Ronalynn Ramos of Desert High School at Edwards
Air Force Base.
Some 370 exceptional high school students are participating in
this summer's apprenticeship research program at NASA centers and
host universities across the nation (2002 participants shown
above). These high-achieving students were selected from a
nationwide pool of more than 2,909 applicants. Some of NASA's top
professionals are mentoring their students, who earn a salary for