AISD student chosen to participate in summer NASA program


ABILENE, TX - It's one giant leap for high school student Jaimalee Cordova, as she has been selected to participate in a one-week program with NASA.

Cordova is in the aerospace program at the Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science. The program is in its first year at ATEMS.

Physics teacher Tracy Long said the program began as a way to encourage students to gravitate towards a profitable field. Students participate in activities related to space exploration and Earth science.

"It's very different than any other regular engineering [class] that we offer here at ATEMS," she said. "It has a lot of spirit to it and it's very exciting and whimsical"

Cordova said she was immediately attracted to the program. She is also the only female in her class, something she is very proud of.

"Engineering is a male-dominated field and women are breaking through and showing that we can do just as much as they can," said Cordova.

Cordova, along with 174 other kids from across the state, will spend the summer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. She'll take a tour behind the scenes and participate in design challenges.

Cordova said this experience will give her a taste of what her "dream career" may be like.