Local nonprofit partners with NASA for project

The Beating the Odds Foundation partnered with NASA for a special event at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The organization is focused on helping students achieve success in school and life.

Beating the Odds Foundation’s Quarterbacks of Life Student Success and Leadership Program contains an educational activity called Hubble Space Telescope Research Project.

This special project was launched this school year. This educational partnership between Beating the Odds Foundation and NASA presents students with an experience that allows them to see how what they are learning in school shapes their success in school, life and a career.

Approximately 50 students (grades six to 12), teachers and administrators from three school districts in Greene County were in attendance for the event.

The experience was available not only for the students in attendance, but all students across Pennsylvania via a live broadcast.

During the event, students got to listen to Charlie Bolden, NASA administrator and astronaut who commanded the Hubble Space Mission; and John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate and Hubble Lead Spacewalker, speak about their own personal stories of becoming astronauts.

Students also got to listen to three scientists and one engineer speak about the Hubble Space Telescope and how they got to where they are today in their careers working at NASA.

Students were told to dream big, be flexible and open to change, not be afraid of failure, never give up and that anything is achievable in life.

The day ended with students getting to see pieces of the new James Webb Space Telescope, which

will be ready to launch in 2018.