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George Gorospe and Wendy Okolo Organize 4th Code TI Summer Intern Showcase Event
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George Gorospe and Wendy Okolo Organize 4th Code TI Summer Intern Showcase Event

George Gorospe and Dr. Wendy Okolo organized the fourth annual TI Summer Intern Showcase Event, held on July 31st. The event is a summer open house to introduce local students entering 6th-12th grades to the work experiences and projects of TI interns. 50 students from local community colleges, NASA Ames’ own community, and a special group from the Girl Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (GirlSTEM) Stars summer camp representing historically underrepresented minority groups, 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 STEM-related programs. The tours concluded with a question and answer session with George Gorospe and Dr. Wendy Okolo, who related the experiences that led them to NASA. This event was possible with the help of our amazing TI interns, volunteers, Division and Center management, and the students and chaperones from the Girl STEM Stars program.

BACKGROUND: Code TI has been organizing these Summer Intern Showcase Events for a few years now. 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 the younger generation. Highlighting the importance of mentoring at all ages and levels is an additional goal of this event.

A major objective of the event is to encourage and motivate students to pursue their goals in any STEM-related program and 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, it is expected that the importance and advantage of internships toward education and future careers becomes more clear. Special thanks to Susan Frost, who organized the first TI Summer Intern Showcase, for guidance and advice.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: System Wide Safety (SWS) project, Airspace Operations and Safety Program (AOSP),Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

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

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