NASA engineer speaks with young students at Bordeaux library

Posted at 10:55 AM, Feb 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-23 11:55:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nashville students enjoyed a once in a lifetime opportunity at the Bordeaux library.

A NASA engineer spoke to students ages 5 to 17 who are interested in careers in science.

They also participated in crafts and hands on experiments all for free as a part of the Excellence in Motion program.

Organizers said they hope this reminds participants they can become anything they set their mind to.

"We try to bring people who don't look like your typical engineer," said Carlton Boleyjack, founder of Excellence In Motion. "We hope that these kids see themselves as someone who can work at NASA or another government agency or science based agency."

Excellence in Motion was founded in 2006 as a way to expose people to opportunities that they would not have known about otherwise.

Saturday's discussion focused on using rays from the sun to power the next mission to Mars.

Organizers said other events like this one are in the works.