TO INFINITY AND BEYOND…GMC EMPLOYEE JOAN LINDSEY EXPLORES THE SOLAR SYSTEM
May 9, 2002 – Georgia Military College employee, Joan Lindsey doubles as a GMC junior college student working on her associate’s degree, and in her spare time she is also a trainer for the Girl Scouts of Middle Georgia, Inc. Recently Lindsey was selected from more than 142 applicants to represent the Georgia Girl Scouts at a NASA Training Workshop. The focus was “Exploring the Solar System,” at the Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, New York. One of only 30 participants from across the nation, Lindsey’s classmates included doctors, teachers, physicists, and others all with a common bond – each woman is a Girl Scout Trainer. Ms. Lindsey said that the experience was amazing, and that she was introduced to a new world of knowledge about space science. Her class took notes on talks by speakers from California’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the Johnson Space Center, and a geologist from Armstrong State College, among others. The workshop lessons included team projects, where the ladies made simulated aerogel (a form of insulation), simulated comets, gelatin volcanoes, and ultra violet detecting bead bracelets, which become colorful when ultra-violet rays are detected. Lindsey said, “I learned about things that I never even thought about before, and now I really want to know more!” She would love to share her newfound knowledge, along with the many lessons and projects obtained from the NASA Training Workshop, with others. She wants to encourage girls and young women who are considering their life’s path to think about a career in aerospace and science. Joan and her husband, Ray, live in Milledgeville with their son, Brian, a freshman at GMC Junior College and their daughter, Rachel, an 11th grade student and marching band drum major at GMC High School. Joan Lindsey is a certified Girl Scout Trainer, and will gladly provide educational workshops for area groups or classes. If you are interested in additional information, you may reach Mrs. Lindsey at 478-452-5350.