Pinewood student selected for NASA aerospace summer program

Katie Smoak (center) selected for NASA aerospace program. (Source: Pinewood)
Katie Smoak (center) selected for NASA aerospace program. (Source: Pinewood)

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A rising senior at Pinewood Preparatory School has been selected by NASA to take part in a summer program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Katie Smoak has been accepted into NASA's Women in Space, Technology Engineering and Math High School Aerospace Scholars (WISH) Program. She will join 39 other female students from around the nation who were hand-picked to join the program.

WISH gives female students the opportunity to explore space, technology, engineering and math related careers with the best and the brightest.

"WISH gives some of our brightest future innovators a chance to experience some of the exciting challenges that NASA engineers and scientists face on a daily basis," said Ellen Ochoa, NASA Johnson Space Center Deputy Director and former astronaut.

Smoak was selected for the summer program after successfully completing a 14-week distance learning and research project earlier this year. She is the only South Carolina student selected to attend the program.

"The WISH Program opens up opportunities for girls who aspire to become engineers," says Smoak. "It will allow me to meet women in this field, and see what it is like to be a woman in a male dominant work place."

This all-expense paid program will be held at the Johnson Space Center later this month.

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