Bennett and White presenting at Regional Science Fair

Molly Bennett and Jesse White will serve as presenters at the Eastern Panhandle Regional High School Science Fair on March 8, which is being held on the campus of Potomac State College of West Virginia University.

Bennett serves as the coordinator of the Academic Success Center and as an adjunct instructor at the College where she’s been employed for the past 15 years.  “This is the second time I’ve been asked to present,” said Bennett, then added, “I enjoy the Science Fairs and won at the state level while a student at Keyser High School so this is just another way I can stay connected to the students.”  Bennett’s presentation, “Pay Attention to This” is an interactive workshop that will review the brains awareness or unawareness of the world around us. 

Molly Bennett Jesse White
Molly Bennett  Jesse White 

Bennett earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. and her master’s degree in counseling from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.   

White, who also previously presented, serves as an education specialist and STEM Initiatives Lead with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) facility in Fairmont, W.Va.  The roles in which he serves, support NASA’s IV & V Education Program by preparing new K-12 teachers with access to NASA learning materials for professional development.  Additionally, The Student Outreach program gives K-12 students the opportunity to experience authentic NASA missions while engaging them in aviation, rocketry and robotic competitions, as well as numerous collegiate competitions for undergraduate students.     

White earned his bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State University as well as his master’s degree in education.  He also served for eight years in the WV Army National Guard.

“Passion, awareness and individual empowerment will go a long way to seeing our future generations build upon NASA’s past successes. It is our belief the next generation of space enthusiasts are just waiting for their opportunity and we at NASA IV&V want to help them get there,” stated White.