Academy at Shawnee engages minds with aerospace lab

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 8:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The Academy at Shawnee is grooming young minds and teaching them about aerospace.

The students are doing something very few are doing around the globe.

They are getting hands on experience to the world of aerospace.

It’s an experience found inside the Academy at Shawnee in Louisville called the Challenger Learning Center and there’s only 42 of these programs active in the world.

Byron Bowman is a 6th grader at the Academy and today he’s working at the life support station in the mission control simulator.

“You experience what’s actually going to happen if something goes wrong. But if you got the calculations right, you can see it succeed,” he said.

Bowman is in charge of helping keep astronauts alive in space and that’s where we also find 11-year-old Justina Gossman.

“You’re collecting space samples and discovering whatever on the moon and whatever out there. It’s very exciting,” she said.

It’s all part of an effort to launch young minds into the future of the aerospace industry.

The Academy at Shawnee was chosen as the worldwide 2014 site for the Challenger Center Convention which means former astronauts and aerospace engineers will visit the school to talk to students.
 

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