On Saturday, we ended off a long week of work and meetings by going to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky. Some of the adventurous people tested the laws of physics on the Top Thrill Dragster. In addition, a couple of us tested out the park’s Lost and Found department. Jennifer and Becca pretended they were staying at the hotel and sat in the hot tub there. We left Cedar Point at 11 pm and decided to grab some food from TGI Fridays. Our intentions were to get back to Studio Plus by 12:30 or 1am, but then decided 4am was a better number (or actually Stephanie’s car decided to not turn on). Another highlight of the trip was not having to go to the hospital for foot reattachment surgery!
On Sunday, we had a marathon group project meeting… we focused our project mission and created an overall plan on how to structure our outline.
Monday was super fun because we all went to work again! Then we had a rap session that night, and organized ourselves for the week. A few people watched Top Gun- Becca hadn’t seen it before!! In addition to our “Academy House” we also have an “AMC” (Academy Movie Center). It was a little goofy because it’s an 80’s movie but overall was a really good movie.
Tuesday was mostly a normal day at work, with a panel talk about grad school where Jennifer asked a bunch of smart questions, followed by group photos. Tuesday night we saw Knocked Up and met a NASA Academy alum, Megan, who was really nice. Then we got ice cream at Malley’s again, cause the ice cream is reaaaally good, even though the neon green jungle animals there are kind of scary.
On Wednesday we had a speaker at work, Isaiah Blankson, who talked about Plasma Aerodynamics. This took place in Bldg. 49 and was one of the most dynamic presentations to date! Then later that night another speaker, Thomas Benson, talked to us about hypersonic propulsion. He had a lot of interesting stories to tell, and stayed for at least 3 hours to talk with us! We also got cool NASA posters from Stephanie.
On Thursday the highlight of the day was the University Programs picnic, where we ate lots of good barbeque food and met other people’s PIs. Some of us got there in time to see part of the Bob workout, which made Stephanie and Jess sore and walk funny for the rest of the week.
Friday was a nice end of the week we were able to meet with the GRC Center Director, Dr. Woodrow Whitlow. The night before we made an outline of questions that we wanted to ask. He was very down to earth and gave us advice on how to excel in the aerospace industry. Also if he had access to unlimited funding, he shared that he would knock down all of the existing buildings and build a new campus. After work most of the Academy kids went to dinner at Applebee’s, followed by bowling with some of the other NASA interns. Bernard surprised everyone with his mad crazy bowling skillz (4 strikes in a row??!!). Afterwards, a few of the other interns came back to our “Academy House” to watch movies.
–Rebecca Arvanites and Larry Bernard Murphy