Westlake High School senior Ethan Fitz assisted in ongoing research on droplet combustion in microgravity by analyzing and processing results from an experiment running on the International Space Station (ISS) remotely during an internship at NASA Glenn Research Center this summer.
Ethan was part of the Glenn High School Internship Project/Small Business Innovation Program (GHIP/SBIR), an eight-week paid summer internship for students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and professional administration at NASA Glenn.
The project, sponsored by the Educational Programs Office, engages high school sophomores and juniors in research and development under the mentorship of a scientist, engineer, technical or administrative professional. The project is designed to expand the students’ understanding of possible career choices available at NASA.
Ethan was involved with the FLEX (Flame Extinguishment Experiment) Project that measures the effectiveness of inert gases as fire suppressants in microgravity. Ethan said the experience confirmed his plans to go into a STEM career and provided him with first-hand experience in working in a research-focused environment.
You can view his PowerPoint presentation at http://www.westlake.k12.oh.us/School%20Publications/News%20Releases/News%20Releases%202013-2014/Final%20Presentation%20for%20GHIP.pdf
NASA posts updates periodically about NASA educational opportunities at http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/education/index.html
Photo: WHS senior Ethan Fitz (fourth from left) on a field trip to the Great Lakes Science Center as part of the GHIP/SBIR internship.