Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Young Rocketeer of the Year 2012 Brittany Barns Planning Physics Career
Brittany Barns, a 2012 graduate of Central High School (Wise, Va.), and a 2012 Mountain Empire Community College (Big Stone Gap, Va.) in GIS, was named the 2012 Rocketeer of the Year from among the Sky-Tech Aerospace & Rocketry Team during the June meeting of the Wise County Board of Supervisors in Wise, Va.
Barns completed Level-2 National Association of Rocketry (NAR) powered flight in high power sports rocketry, completed ground school pilot training and two airplane flights, while completing the Mountain Empire Community College Geographic Information Science certificate and an introduction to satellite remote sensing by NASA DEVELOP scholars.
Last January, Barns was one of several local students to ask a question of the orbiting International Space Station astronauts at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. Her question related to human space flight from Wallops Island, Va. to ISS Expedition 30 Commander Don Burbank.
A Norton native, Barns will attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in the fall semester to begin a double-major in mathematics and physics. There, she will join the Virginia Tech rocket team. During here tenure at the STAR team co-captain, hundreds of middle school students in the Central Appalachian Mountains gained experience in model rocketry.
Barns, and her STAR Team rocket colleagues, will tour the NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the new commercial Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport launch pads at Wallops Island, Va. in August in recognition of their STEM-education community efforts and along with other US and international DEVELOP scholars. The STAR rocket team will also spend a week at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. learning about satellite remote sensing and how it may be applied to earth science.