A bright high school sophomore, Aleia participated in a semester-long Space Foundation program last spring. For the first half of the term, her class explored a variety of science theories related to real world space applications. Aleia’s favorite lesson involved model rocket construction and launch angle predictions for a successful, theoretical, send off to Mars.
During the latter half of the semester, curriculum shifted; Aleia and her classmates were presented with the unique opportunity to assume the role of mock entrepreneurs. Her class split up into groups and each group addressed a space-related challenge, brainstorming an innovative business strategy and an effective entry proposal to bring it to market. Aleia’s team proposed a habitation plan for Mars, utilizing underground lava tubes for radiation-safe shelter. Their entrepreneurial journey culminated in a compelling business presentation delivered to a panel of local entrepreneurs.
When asked about her future, Aleia was inspired by her experience, remarking, “My career aspirations did change after this program. I don’t know exactly what career I would like to pursue, but I do know that I want to explore more engineering branches to see if I grow an interest in them.”
Like Aleia, a growing number of students are eager to discover their passion for science. All it takes is a spark to kindle their curiosity.