January 27, 2006
Students at Lakewood High School were challenged this week by a shuttle astronaut to expand their horizons when thinking about careers.
NASA astronaut Roger Crouch told students that they were the right age to participate in a planned trip to Mars in the next 20 to 30 years. He showed students photos of his own two trips aboard the space shuttle and encouraged them to imagine wider possibilities in considering the kind of work they would like to do.
Lakewood is one of 50 schools nationwide and the only high school in California selected to be a NASA Explorer School. The three-year partnership is bringing to Lakewood scientific and engineering adventures that engage students using unique NASA resources and capabilities. The program is designed to give students the foundation and inspiration to pursue careers in science, math and technology.