During the 2011 year, Julia C. Hester House began a collaborative partnership with the Boy Scouts of America to establish a new troop dedicated to the Fifth Ward community. Troop 1943 was officially formed with a kick-off excursion to NASA Space Center sponsored by Sigma Pi Phi Nu Boule’ business owner Percy Creuzot, III.
Mr. Creuzot, along with fellow Boule’ members, Henry Brown, Al Tervalon and Bill Easter, accompanied the group of Hester House boys as they toured the space center. The tour began at Rocket Park. Then Mr. Christopher Kraft Jr. of Mission Control Centers provided an overview of both the International Space Station Flight Control Room and the Apollo Era Mission Operations Control Room. Students were given a rare opportunity, to join NASA Astronaut Dr. Robert Satcher, Ph.D on a visit to the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. This is a restricted area rarely accessible to the public. Next, students moved on to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility to view the International Space Station Trainers, Multi -Purpose Crew Vehicle Development Mockup, Space Shuttle Trainer, Canadarm2 Trainer, and Russian Soyuz Trainer. The day’s activities were capped off with a picnic lunch provided by the Boy Scouts.
Not to be outdone by the boys, on the following day, members of the Port City Links, Inc. accompanied a group of Hester House girls to Nasa’s Summer of Innovation Voyage Back to School.
Hester House girls had an opportunity to view student exhibits and speak with students who attended a special summer program at NASA. There were plenty of fun activities and a presentation made by Astronaut and Manager, William (Bill) S. McArthur from the Orbiter Project Office of the Space Shuttle Program.