Where Imagination Outshines Memorization

NASA program puts aspiring engineer, Waldorf School graduate to work on Mars rover

By MAREESA NICOSIA, The Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS — His engineering talent has taken one local graduate all over the country; one day, his ideas could be flown in space.

Michael Maylahn, 19, a 2009 graduate of The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, recently led a team of engineering students in creating a prototype Mars rover at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

A sophomore at Santa Monica College in California, Maylahn was recommended by a teacher to participate in the project, in which just 89 students from across the country were accepted into NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars program after completing a rigorous months-long application process.

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