Orchard Knob students receive lesson from NASA scientist

Barbie Buckner, education specialist at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, teaches eighth-grade students at Orchard Knob Middle School about aerodynamics by having them pretend to move like a plane.

Soccer and science are two of Jeremiah Poindexter's favorite things, and he learned Friday how the two are connected.

Poindexter, an eighth-grader at Orchard Knob Middle School, sat up straight in his chair Friday morning as his science class started learning about how aerodynamics affect soccer balls.

"I didn't know there was this much science in soccer," Poindexter said after class.

Poindexter's excitement to make connections between science and his life is one of the reasons Barbie Buckner, education specialist at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center, said she loves making the work NASA is doing relevant and exciting to kids.

Buckner was visiting Orchard Knob from California, and gave the students a crash-course in aerodynamics and how it affects everything from soccer balls to planes. She showed pictures and video demonstrations of the new plane NASA is developing called Ikhana, an unmanned aircraft.

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