"The Childe...More restless than the swallow in the skies..." -Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Educational Incentive Behind Solar Sails

For this post, I'm happy to turn the reins of writing over to a young lady, an 11-year-old one. Victoria Robinson recently had her essay about solar sailing published online by The Planetary Society. The essay relates her experience of attending a Solar Sail Symposium in New York City.

Victoria's essay isn't simply a kid's take on science. It's also an account of how education and volunteerism have provided her with many great father-daughter moments, including a trip to The Big Apple to meet tennis superstar Venus Williams. She also got a chance to visit with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

Lastly, this post is part of a series I am doing dedicated to solar sailing. Here are my previous posts on the subject:

Harnessing "The Wind From the Sun"
Come Sail Away with Bradbury and Post...and Me

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