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Say YES to Exploring event

Note: The 2021 Say YES! Exploring Breakfast is moving to a new date and time due to the Covid-19 pandemic having reached stage 5  conditions in Austin/Travis County and corresponding guidelines by local health officials. In the best interest of your health and safety and that of all our guests, we have postponed this year’s breakfast to a future date to be announced.

Austin Community College Highland Campus
Building 200, Paseo Area
6101 Highland Campus Drive  Austin, TX  78752

Join our 2021 Friends of Exploring Breakfast: “Say YES! to Investing in Our Future Workforce” event! This year’s Friends of Exploring Breakfast is chaired by Mr. Rob Reyes, RAR, LLC. Rob’s professional expertise and extensive service to communities and education make him a tremendous asset to our efforts in youth development.

Our Say YES! Exploring Breakfast will feature an exclusive keynote address from NASA, youth Explorers, our Exploring Scholarship recipient and aims to showcase Exploring’s middle school to career pathway pipelines. In addition to this, guests will enjoy a unique tour of the new Austin Community College Culinary Arts Academy!

Event Keynote: Richard Rhodes, Spacesuit Engineer, NASA Advanced Spacesuit Development Team

Richard Rhodes is a graduate of The University of Texas as Austin and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently a space suit engineer with NASA’s Advanced Spacesuit Development Team, creating the next-generation spacesuit astronauts will use on the moon: the eXploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU. Rhodes described the challenge of building the suit to MIT Technology Review, saying, “Our main goal is that the crew doesn’t even think about us. They put the suit on, and they do their work — the science, the exploration — and do not even think twice about how mobile they are or how effectively they can work. That’s a tall order, but we’re trying to get as close to that as possible. We want to be invisible.”


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