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George Gorospe and Wendy Okolo Organize Third Code TI Summer Showcase Intern Event
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George Gorospe and Wendy Okolo Organize Third Code TI Summer Showcase Intern Event

George Gorospe and Dr. Wendy Okolo organized the third annual Code TI Summer Intern Showcase Event, held on August 10th. The event is a summer open house to introduce local students entering 6th-12th grades to the work experiences and projects of TI interns. Fifty local students representing historically underrepresented minority groups, from the GirlSTEM Stars summer camp, were invited to meet with TI researchers, tour the TI facilities, and learn directly from the interns about the projects and labs where they work. The event focused on informing students about what interns do, achieve, and learn when they participate in NASA internship programs, while simultaneously encouraging interest in engineering, internships, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related programs. The tours concluded with a question and answer session with Dr. Wendy Okolo who related her experience that led her to NASA. During lunch, the students participated in Ames Diversity and Inclusion day learning about the different advisory groups present on campus. This event was made possible with the help of TI interns, volunteers, Division and Center management, and the students and chaperones from the Girl STEM Stars program. Susan Frost, who organized the first TI Summer Intern Showcase, provided guidance and advice.

BACKGROUND: An objective of the event is to encourage and motivate students to pursue their goals in any STEM-related program, and to give them a head start on planning for internships and their future. The event allows students to gain a better understanding of what NASA internships have to offer and how current interns became involved. By offering students this experience, the organizers hope to show the importance and advantage of internships toward education and future careers. Participating in the open house benefits both students and interns. Students are afforded a unique opportunity to tour labs, see demonstrations, and learn about projects from the interns who have worked on them. Interns have the opportunity to practice presenting their work to an audience while sharing their passion for engineering and science with a younger generation. Highlighting the importance of mentoring at all ages and levels is an additional goal of this event.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

POINT OF CONTACT: George Gorospe, george.e.gorospe@nasa.gov

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