Ask Me Everything - Jenna Foertsch @ NASA Johnson Space Center

FIRST Talent Seeker Posts: 2 Level 3 | Contributor
edited February 23 in STEM Season

Ask Me Everything - Jenna Foertsch @ NASA's Johnson Space Center

More about Jenna Foertsch

Jenna Kay Foertsch currently works in the Office of Planning, Integration, and Environmental at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She is also currently on rotation within the NASA robotics directorate. Originally from Minnesota, Jenna Kay graduated from the University of Minnesota with a special focus on the integration of STEM and business concepts. A recipient of the Brooke Owens Fellowship, Jenna Kay has an extensive background in freelance consulting, high powered rocketry, mentoring, robotics, and asking the hard questions. She is the founder and director of Hot Nozzle Society, an organization created to foster and sustain a more vibrant and diverse rocketry and aerospace scene. Jenna Kay is an alumni of FIRST FRC team 3184 and a current mentor for FRC team 118, the Robonauts based out of Johnson Space Center.

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  • dcadi
    dcadi Member, Tallo Ambassador, Boeing Mentee, Group Leader Posts: 3,282 Level 10 | Legend


    I see that you are the founder and director of Hot Nozzle Society, are there any available opportunities within this society for hands on internships and or learning that can be done virtually? I am extremely interested in Aerospace Engineering and have been a participant before Covid 19 with my high school in Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) and Student Lead Initiative (SLI). Thank you.

  • Pyrux
    Pyrux Member, Tallo Ambassador, Group Leader Posts: 902 Level 7 I Thought Leader

    'Ello! Nice work @dcadi starting off the discussion! Here are my questions:

    1. What's it like working at NASA? Is it a lot of pressure?
    2. What sort of robotics do you create? Is it difficult to do?
    3. What does it take for someone to get into robotics (from the perspective of someone who has never done it before)?
    4. Do you think your choice of college (The University of Minnesota) helped you land your position within NASA?
    5. Did you always know this was something that you wanted to do (work at NASA/be involved in robotics)?
    6. Did you know what you wanted to major in?

    That's all the questions I have for now! Thank you for taking the time to answer them, and I look forward to hearing your answers!

  • awesomesauce
    awesomesauce Member Posts: 777 Level 6 | Advocate
    edited March 2022

    What is a common misconception about working for NASA?

    What is your favorite project you've done?

    What was your dream job as a kid? Was it anything like your job now?

    What advice would you give someone who wants to work for NASA?

  • dcadi
    dcadi Member, Tallo Ambassador, Boeing Mentee, Group Leader Posts: 3,282 Level 10 | Legend

    @Pyrux Excellent detailed questions.

  • awesomesauce
    awesomesauce Member Posts: 777 Level 6 | Advocate

    Agreed! You have also been super involved in these Q&As. Great job! :)

  • GraceBrusky_Official
    GraceBrusky_Official Member, Tallo Ambassador Posts: 4,034 Level 9 | Champion

    Wow, awesome!

    What made you realize this is the career path you wanted to take?

  • hfrench2
    hfrench2 Member Posts: 21 Level 2 | Newcomer

    Hi! I'm super interested in the study of astronomy and i wanted to be a doctor for NASA, what are the chances that I could go to space? What kinds of degrees in collage do you think I need to get, to be not just an astronaut but a doctor and be able to get into NASA?

  • LeonGud
    LeonGud Member Posts: 4 Level 2 | Newcomer

    Hi Jenna! I'm interested in work at NASA, and study aerospace engineering. I'm currently in 10th grade, but I'm from Mexico, what do you recommend me to do about that? How can I get a job in NASA related with what I want to study?

  • VanessaBonner
    VanessaBonner Member Posts: 17 Level 2 | Newcomer

    Hello there, Jenna!

    My question is, when it comes to NASA, do they actually brush over the UFO's and structures on certain planets to hide the truth from humanity?

  • MonseC423
    MonseC423 Member, Tallo Ambassador, Group Leader Posts: 1,594 Level 10 | Legend


    My question is, how easy(or hard) is it to move around positions and specialties in your field? Are the processes long or simple? Is there normally extensive training required to switch or are you trained once you are on the job?

    Thank you!

  • Svent2
    Svent2 Member Posts: 1 Level 1 | Just Joined

    Do you have any leads on STEM internships?

  • Sarabi_314
    Sarabi_314 Member Posts: 1 Level 1 | Just Joined


    What are some of the hardest challenges you’ve encountered during your educational journey and works? And what did you do to overcome/conquer these obstacles?

  • khidari200
    khidari200 Member Posts: 1 Level 1 | Just Joined

    Does it really take knowing a lot of math to be an astronaut?

    What are the kinds of mathematics that are required, and would you happen to know how often they use it on their missions?

  • BriyannaRose14
    BriyannaRose14 Member Posts: 458 Level 4 | Navigator

    What are some of the challenges you faced the most while building up in your career?

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