The life of Todd Livesay, Part 2 | #education | #technology | #training | #cybersecurity | #infosecurity | #hacker


D. Ray Smith

Welcome to part two of Benita Albert’s story about Todd Livesay. You are about to learn more of his skills and abilities as well as his hobbies and his growing family. RamSat is now in space making Robertsville Middle School the first middle school to do so. See the links included below. 

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It was a chance encounter of two former Oak Ridge High School alumni at a Christmas Eve service in 2015 that led to an innovative project involving Robertsville Middle School (RMS) students and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Todd Livesay (ORHS Class of 1981) and Patrick Hull (ORHS Class of 1992) talked briefly about engaging students in a creative STEM activity, an experiment to be conducted in the Earth’s thermosphere via a nanosatellite.

Todd, an RMS STEM teacher, was intrigued, but also initially overwhelmed considering the enormity of such a project.

Todd described the beginnings of the program: “The first year was simply an enrichment class, no expectations of building a CubeSat. Because the kids worked so hard, completed, and presented so well, NASA personnel contacted RMS and encouraged them to apply for the actual CubeSat initiative.”

The following summer found Todd in Huntsville, Alabama visiting the Marshall Space Flight Center and discussing the project further with Patrick, a NASA aeronautical engineer, as well as with other NASA officials. A portion of that visit was filmed and is available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxeOmXJctUk&t=10s, Todd explained, “The video was made as a challenge to RMS students to motivate them and make the project a real life subject.”



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