National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Week 5

Monday, July 5th, 2010

It was a great holiday and a wonderful break from work, but it was now time to head back to Cleveland from DC. Everyone packed the cars, and traveled as far as Ron’s stomach could maintain. The two cars stopped at McDonald’s and KFC/Taco Bell. The lines were so long in McDonald’s that Ron suggested that we go through the drive through, and then take our food inside. After 40 minutes or so, we were off again to the highway until we met this 6 mile traffic jam. Suggesting that the traffic jam might be a wreck, Adam replied, “I hope so.” After passing the traffic jam, we were smooth sailing, and we arrived back at the hotel around 5pm. We were exhausted! All we looked forward to was rest and relaxation.

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Since we were too tired to have the rap session Monday night, we had a brief session during breakfast. Shanita was fortunate to make a visit to Cleveland State University where she performed one of her experiments. Shortly after work, our speaker was Dr. Michael Heil, President of the Ohio Aerospace Institute. He amazed the group with little known facts and statistics on how the U.S. was being spanked in the race to produce enough engineers compared to other countries. Re-affirmed in their resolve to keep the U.S. on top, the Academites returned back to “purgatory” and continued work on their group project with their newly appointed leader Adam.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

At 6:45am, Ron, Shanita, and Robyn leave for breakfast because they are leaving to go to the HBCU/MI symposium to present their research. After arriving to the bus, Robyn and Shanita quickly scope out their preference in seating. Astoundingly, the back of the bus was occupied by seating accompanied with tables. This was just fine for them because they needed to perfect their “2 minute” presentation. However, perfect turned out to be imperfect when Robyn tried to use an outlet that didn’t work. Shanita went to the rest room to pour some water in the sink, and then realized the sink didn’t work when the water spewed onto the floor from the pipes. The ride was comfortable, nevertheless. Once they arrived at the hotel, the group received their room keys. The rooms were amazing! A few hours later, they were informed that the “2 minute” presentation was actually supposed to be a “15 minute” presentation. What a way to ruin the rest of the day! The rest of the day was filled with sessions they all had to attend.

Meanwhile back at NASA, the rest of the academy made their way to work with far less excitement. The day wore on without much event as the Academites worked on their various research projects. They left work that day and several of the Academites turned in early for some much needed rest as they had not fully recovered from the long trip to DC.

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

When 6am rolled up, Robyn and Shanita were awakened by misery. Who had time for sessions when they are nervous and frantic about presentations? Many of the interns at the symposium spent their morning researching more on literature. To make matters worse, the presentation schedule wasn’t printed, so the order of presentations was unknown. Around 4pm, the schedules were printed. Robyn would be presenting at 5:20pm, and Ron and Shanita would be presenting at 6:40pm.

Thursday rolled around with little excitement also. It seems that things just weren’t right with the academy missing two of its members and their fearless papa Ron. Not even the ridiculously happy woman at the desk seem to be harassing the Academites, (or maybe it was just because a group of six was easier to sneak past her without being accosted. At breakfast, the headlines were buzzing with anticipation of Lebron’s upcoming decision. Who would he play for???? Could this story even replace the relentless gulf oil spill coverage?….Nope, the Academites were not that fortunate…

They all went to their various research projects wondering where Lebron would go.

That night THE announcement was made that all of Cleveland and sports fans from several other cities had been waiting for. Lebron was going ………to MIAMI! Cleveland fans were outraged as some burned their Lebron jerseys and others begin to call him a traitor.

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Friday morning for the symposium participants was dreadful because many of them did not want to leave. However, there was work ahead of them at Glenn. They got back to Cleveland around 2:30pm.

Back at NASA that morning, the news was still buzzing from the shock of Lebron’s decision and people everywhere wanted to voice how they felt about the decision. The breakfast conversation consisted mainly of discussion about the french toast.

That afternoon, the academites met together in a conference room for the first time at work to continue researching for their group project. At 4:30pm they gladly headed to their vehicle to head home and relax on their first free weekend at the academy.

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Late sleepers and laziness lurked the Academites’ rooms. Family weekend is here and a few of the families traveled to be with their loved ones. The family dinner was scheduled for 6:30pm. When everyone finally arrived to Dr. Kankam’s beast of a house, there were hors d’oeuvres prepared for us. Food was plentiful. There was catfish, chicken, potatoes, string beans, macaroni and cheese, and corn on the cob. For dessert, peach cobbler, strawberry ice cream, coconut cake, and mixed fruit were available along with a variety of drinks. On the way out, Dr. Kankam’s wife gave Ron a special parting gift.

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Sunday morning some of the Academites attended church in Cleveland while others went to the movies and watched the soccer game at Fatheads. Overall it was a pretty relaxing day. Some people caught up on laundry paying the ridiculous $2 a load that the prison requires for the service. The day was fairly uneventful and served as an excellent chance for the Academites to finish winding down and re-charging for the upcoming week’s trip to C-A-L-F-O-R-N-I-A!

….At least it was restful for those who didn’t have research and presentation to catch up on/prepare for.