Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Q & A | Ryanne Brown and Kayla Allen

Two local students learn at U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Kayla Allen, of Clearwater Central Catholic High, attended a weeklong academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center sponsored by Honeywell.

Photo courtesy of Kayla Allen

Kayla Allen, of Clearwater Central Catholic High, attended a weeklong academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center sponsored by Honeywell.

For Ryanne Brown the highlight was practicing a space shuttle landing. For Kayla Allen it was taking part in a simulated shuttle mission. ¶ "It was so awesome I felt like an astronaut," said Kayla, a 17-year-old junior from Clearwater Central Catholic High School. Kayla and Ryanne, an 18-year-old senior from Gibbs High School, were among 160 students from 20 countries and 28 U.S. states who recently attended a weeklong leadership training academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., sponsored by Honeywell, a technology company. (Both Kayla and Ryanne are children of Honeywell employees.) ¶ Besides simulated shuttle missions, students experienced what it's like to walk on the moon, designed, built and tested their own rockets, and participated in discussions on science, technology and engineering. ¶ The two students talk about their experience with Times Correspondent Sylvia Lim:

What were some of the highlights of your trip?

Kayla: My No. 1 is that we got to do a "mission" in a simulator that was built just like a real orbiter … I was a mission specialist and got to do the experiment. They hoisted us in 90-degree harnesses and put us in space suits while doing our experiment. It was so awesome I felt like an astronaut!

Ryanne: During the trip I was able to take part in a practice space shuttle landing while taking the role of the pilot, I was able to fly on flight simulators similar to that of what real pilots use, I climbed up a 50-foot rock-climbing wall, jumped off a 32-foot pole, I was able to take part in leadership seminars to help me become a better leader, and I also learned how to extract DNA from a kiwi fruit using Dawn dish detergent and salt.

What did you learn?

Kayla: I now know about all different types of engineering. Also, we extracted DNA from food, so that was so interesting to know what DNA truly looks like. And of course we learned a ton about space and the reality of astronauts. But all in all, I feel through this week I have learned how to become a stronger leader in taking action for my future.

Ryanne: I learned all about space exploration and astronauts (what they eat, how it feels to have no gravity, how they have to work out every day to keep their muscles strong), tips to be a better leader such as learning how to work with people you don't get along with, I learned about genetics and how knowledge of the field is used to help people live better and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and asthma.

What are your plans after high school?

Kayla: My plan is to attend University of Florida or University of North Florida after I graduate in hopes of becoming a pediatrics physical therapist. My long-term plan (is) to one day be a commercial astronaut. But we'll see where the future takes me.

Ryanne: After high school my dream would be to attend a major Florida university majoring in chemical engineering.

Two local students learn at U.S. Space & Rocket Center 05/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 5:53pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Forecast: Sunny skies, mainly dry conditions continue across Tampa Bay

    Weather

    For Tampa Bay residents, Wednesday is expected to bring lots of sunshine, lower humidity and little to no storm chances.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  2. Florida education news: Irma makeup days, HB 7069, charter schools and more

    Blogs

    MAKEUP DAYS: Florida education commissioner Pam Stewart waives two of the required 180 days of instruction to help districts complete the …

    Education Commissioner Pam Stewart
  3. Rays morning after: At least Archer looked good

    Blogs

     

  4. Financially strapped Brooksville raises tax rate and fire fees

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — After conducting an intensive examination of the city's financial position over the past couple of months, the Brooksville City Council has settled on its 2017-18 budget and a tax increase and fire fee increase to help pay for it.

    City Council member Joe Bernardini voted against the budget and the tax rate increase, saying it contained no employee raises and almost no capital expenses.
  5. Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills at least 217 (w/video)

    World

    MEXICO CITY — Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 217.

    A man is rescued from a collapsed building in the Condesa neighborhood after an earthquake struck Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico, killing more than 100 people. [Associated Press]