Red Planet Explored at the Cradle of Aviation

Stimson Research students Salma Laraki and Kerri Delany (right) enjoy their time speaking with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins.
Stimson Research students Salma Laraki and Kerri Delany (right) enjoy their time speaking with NASA engineer Kobie Boykins.

On the same day SpaceX mesmerized the nation with a successful launch of a rocket to Mars, seventy-four Stimson and Silas Wood students were inspired by NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins' presentation on his adventures as a NASA engineer working on the Mars Rovers.  Mr. Boykins, a brilliant and engaging speaker, invited the students to share his passion for exploration, engineering, and teamwork.  Participating students were selected from the Silas Wood STEAM and Project Excel Programs, as well as the Stimson STEP Research program.  

Stimson Research students Salma Laraki and Kerri Delany had one fun and one serious question for Mr. Boykins, who listened intently.  Fun question:  Does Curiosity really sing herself to sleep at night?  Answer: Yes!  Serious question:  How is NASA planning to address the problem of excessive solar radiation for astronauts who will travel to Mars in the future?  Answer - too long to detail here, but it had to do with the thickness of materials that can be used as the astronauts travel.

It was a wonderful and inspiring experience for all!