NASA’s latest recruit
Monday, 11th February, 2019
By Myles Burt
Isabella Ball is blasting off to America after the University Department of Rural Health selected her for the NASA United Space School.
Ms Ball will be leaving Australia on July 20 for two weeks to learn more about the science behind space exploration in Houston, Texas.
She’ll be a part of team to help take on a large space-orientated project over the 14-day program, alongside a number of other teams consisting of students from around the world.
Ms Ball is excited to not only meet so many new and like-minded people, but learn more and experience the space industry and its various scientific fields. Ms Ball has always been very interested in the NASA space camp and will be Broken Hill High School’s 11th student to participate in the program.
“I’ve always had a passion for science since I was little,” Ms Ball said.
“Always done well at it and strived to do well in school so the fact that I’ve been given this opportunity is just amazing to be able to further my education in science.
“I’ve been interested in it for four years, since my next-door neighbour went.
“I knew a little bit about it and when I went to high school I’ve just learnt so much more about it.
“The fact that I like science has definitely impacted my decision.
“So definitely very lucky that they’ve given me this opportunity.”
Only two student ambassadors from Australia are sent to the NASA United Space School every year. One male participant is selected from Western Australia and the other female participant selected from Broken Hill. The selection process has recently been opened up to both Broken Hill High School and Willyama High School now.
However, Broken Hill High School has managed to maintain the streak with Ms Ball being the UDRH’s 2019 pick.