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Originally posted March 27, 2012
Suhas Gowda, Union Intermediate High School student, at U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. Courtsey
Space camp opportunity priceless for Oklahoma student
BY KIM ARCHER Tulsa World Staff Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
Because engineering and mathematics is his strong suit, 15-year-old Suhas Gowda found his experience at space camp priceless.
"It was amazing. I got to meet a lot of new people," he said.
Gowda, a sophomore at Union Intermediate High School, was the only student from Oklahoma awarded a scholarship to attend the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., earlier this month.
The weeklong program provided 256 high school students from 30 countries and 30 U.S. states the opportunity to learn current issues in science, technology and engineering.
The program also is designed to develop leadership skills and abilities through hands-on challenges, such as simulating jet-fighter pilot training; scenario-based space missions; and designing, building and testing their own rockets.
"I had to step up as a leader and we had to learn how to think for ourselves," Gowda said.
His father, Sreedhar Gowda, works for Honeywell International in Tulsa.
The academy provides children of Honeywell employees with the opportunity to develop leadership skills through technology- and science-oriented workshops, lectures and team exercises.
Gowda said he wants to become an engineer or perhaps a math teacher, so he learned a lot at the camp.
But his favorite part was meeting teens from around the U.S. and the world. They got to socialize through extra activities, such as karaoke and bowling.
"It was really fun," he said.