Engineer Amanda Cutright, who works on the HIAD project, poses with a Girl Scout during Girl Scout Engineering Day recently at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.
This year, NASA Langley Research Center partnered with Busch Gardens to promote engineering and STEM sciences to Girl Scouts in the Tidewater area. Booths were laid out displaying current projects being worked on by NASA. All of the booths had displays with 3D models of airplanes, plastic printers, giant posters, and even goop. The picture above was taken in the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) booth. From left to right are: Mary Beth Wusk, Amanda Cutright, Katie Campbell, Tianna Stefano, Mallory Middleton, Betsy Wusk, Grace Wusk, and Becky Jaramillo. We had a team five engineering interns and three mentors who aided in face painting HIAD’s on Girl Scout’s faces, explaining how to use the HIAD app that is available for Androids and on the NASA HIAD website, and educating these girls about the HIAD mission and the fun we’ve had working on this project. As one of the interns I was very thankful to have had the opportunity to tell over 1000 Girl Scouts how amazing it is to be an engineer. –Katherine Campbell, LARSS Student, 3rd year at University of Virginia