The program, based at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama, developed leadership skills in students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The students received advice and mentorship with top scientists, engineers, and former astronauts, simulation of a jet-fighter pilot training including scenario-based space missions.
Omkar, a senior at Blair High School studying Quantum Physics, shared his thoughts with Patch after his trip to Huntsville, AL.
Patch: Why did you want to participate in this program?
Chankea Omkar: I wanted to participate in this program because it was a unique learning opportunity and gave me the chance to travel on my own for the first time. Because my father works at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, I've developed a large interest in the space programs and felt this would help further my interest. I first found out about this program through my father and applied eagerly. I probably would never have had this amazing opportunity if it wasn't for Honeywell and the support of my father.
Patch: What was the best part about your trip?
Omkar: Meeting people from all over the world. It was incredible how fast we were able to bond and over come challenges together. In a way we became more than just a team, we became a family.
Patch: What lessons did you take away with you?
Omkar: I learned that communicating with diplomacy and tact is a key part of being a good leader. Knowing what to say and how to say it will take you a long way.
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