When NASA calls, you answer
Chase County Schools (CCS) graduate, Sandra Jones is taking “reach for the stars” to a whole new level. Last fall break, Jones was accepted as a NASA Microgravity University for Educators Intern. She is currently in Houston Texas at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.
“I have to walk through mission control to get to my office everyday, so it is kind of surreal,” said Jones. With a focus on providing curriculum for microgravity, the condition that causes astronauts to float in space, the internship hopes to better prepare educators and get them comfortable with the subject matter.
After talking to a NASA alumni STEM professor, Jones was directed to the Nebraska State Grant Consortium. She was told that there are many opportunities for students interested in internships. After waiting a whole year, she received notice about an opportunity she qualified for. However, the application was due the very next day.
The race to get references and all the paperwork done in time began. “It really came down to the last wire,” said Jones.
Jones told University of Nebraska Omaha’s (UNO) Maverick Daily in an interview that she received the phone call for the final interview on a road trip with friends. A few hours later, the acceptance email came through. “When NASA calls, you answer,” said Jones in the Maverick Daily interview.
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