Lt. Col. Lynnane George, Lt. Col. Anne Clark and Cadet 3rd Class Stephanie Martin led a group of five cadets to participate in the Sally Ride Festival at UCCS Sept. 13.
The cadets manned an Academy recruiting booth in the morning and talked about the opportunities they have had.
The cadets also met Dr. Sally Ride in person and listened to her keynote presentation.
Dr. Ride was the first American woman to fly in space in 1983 when she made a six-day flight aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. She made her second trip into space in 1984.
The doctor is now a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. She is also the founder of Sally Ride Science, a company that creates innovative programs and publications for young people interested in science.
During her keynote presentation she shared many insights about being a NASA astronaut and inspired her captivated audience to pursue careers in the fields of science and engineering.
Other cadets who helped with the workshops included Cadets 1st Class Nicole Ramstein and Ariella Walker and Cadets 3rd Class Kathryn Blythe, Elizabeth Norvell and Jonathan Vance.
"It was a great experience to see Sally Ride in person and find out everything she went through in order to achieve her dream career of being an astronaut," Cadet Norvell said. "Her stories encouraged young girls to pursue whatever their hearts' desired. In the classroom, I had fun working with the kids and teens, building bridges and watching their proud, delighted faces as their bridge was put to the test."
That afternoon cadets offered two workshops entitled "Building and Breaking Bridges" to fifth through eighth graders, which involved introducing some basic principles of mechanical and civil engineering and bridge building. The workshops required teams of two to design, build, and test a balsa wood bridge. The grand finale was for each group to test their bridges to the breaking point.
"One of the big things I was impressed about the festival was how goal oriented some of the girls were. I talked to a seventh grader who wanted to know what she could start doing now in order to improve her chances for admission to the Academy," Cadet Ramstein said. "I don't remember being that focused when I was her age, but I'm glad to know there are still kids out there who are setting goals. I think it's kind of cool that I got to play even a small part in that."