Aerospace Scholar

OCC was well represented once again in NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Only five students in all of New York State were invited to participate and one of them came from OCC, Madeline Taft. She’s an Engineering Science major from Charles W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville (class of 2014).

Student contestants were required to create a mock mission to Mars as part of an online competition. They needed to consider every detail including how many people would go, how they would build the space craft to get there and how much everything would cost. Presentations using graphics were required.

“Going in I didn’t think I had much of a chance,” said Taft. “As I did more and more work I started to think, ‘It would be pretty cool if I got this.’” Her hard work earned Taft an all-expense paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

“Her accomplishments and the repeated accomplishments of our students in the NASA competition are remarkable,” said Fred Jaquin, Ph.D., Department Chair of Chemistry and Physical Science. “We’re proud to be competing and succeeding at the highest level.”

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