LSC Welcomes Palm Bay Elementary and Palm Bay Magnet High to Our Program!

We’re starting the school year off in high gear with visits and activities abound! On September 27, 2019, we hosted an introductory workshop at Palm Bay Elementary School (PBES). With the help of Palm Bay Magnet High School (PBMHS) AVID Student-Leaders—also one of our newest members—and L3Harris professionals, we introduced PBES students to Launch STEM Careers. We’re so excited to include both PBMHS and the L’il Pirates in the LSC program!

LSC Participant, Carolyn MacGowan, Chosen to Participate in SCCAP!

Photo courtesy of Spectrum News 13.

The LSC team would like to congratulate one of our Bayside High LSC participants, Carolyn MacGowan!

Carolyn was one of only nine high school seniors inducted into the inaugural class of the Space Coast Consortium Apprenticeship Program (SCCAP). She will apprentice with OneWeb Satellites while she works toward her two-year degree at Eastern Florida State College and certification in mechatronics.

After Rita Willcoxon, one of LSC’s Project Leaders, talked about LSC during a Community Foundation for Brevard panel discussion, she was approached by the HR Director at OneWeb Satellites. He asked if she knew of any high school seniors participating in LSC that might be a good fit for SCCAP and if she would contact them on his behalf to tell them about the apprenticeship opportunity. With assistance and guidance from her teacher, Brian Callinan (LSC’s point-of-contact at Bayside High), Carolyn contacted the HR Director at OneWeb Satellites. After a 10-day trial, competing against other candidates, Carolyn was awarded an apprenticeship!

For more details about SCCAP and to watch a Spectrum News 13 video featuring Carolyn discussing the program, check out the following link: Space Coast’s 1st Industry-Driven Apprenticeship Program Takes Flight.

LSC Co-Founder, Rita Willcoxon Presenting at the American Business Women’s Association

Photo courtesy of the NASA Alumni League Florida Chapter.

Rita Willcoxon, one of LSC’s project leaders and founders, will be the featured speaker at the American Business Women’s Association Monthly Meeting Event on June 25, 2019. If you want to attend, you must reserve your spot by 5:00 p.m., June 24, 2019. For more information about the event, and to make a reservation, please visit: We hope to see you there!

JoAnn Morgan Featured in CNN Films Apollo 11

Photo courtesy of NASA.

JoAnn Morgan was the first female engineer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). She faced adversity throughout her career because she was a woman in a “man’s world.” Nevertheless, she was the only woman in the firing room during the July 15, 1969, launch of Apollo 11. She persevered and climbed the ranks at NASA to become the first woman to serve as a senior executive at KSC.

She mentored many women and men throughout her career including senior NASA executives, astronauts, and even two of LSC’s project leaders! She is very deserving to be recognized this way! Be sure to watch CNN Films Apollo 11 when it airs on Sunday June 23, at 9 p.m., EDT. And in the meantime, check out this CNN article and video clip describing Ms. Morgan’s experiences as a trailblazer at NASA in the 1960s. Enjoy!

P.S. If you’re interested in all the Apollo TV specials click this link: to view a downloadable PDF listing all the specials.

Rita Willcoxon, LSC Co-Founder, Invited to Be a Panelist on GIRL POWERED: Growing Stronger STEM

Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Brevard.

Rita Willcoxon, one of LSC’s project leaders and founders, participated in Community Foundation for Brevard’s (CFB) panel discussion, GIRL POWERED: Growing Stronger STEM on May 15, 2019. She, along with Kim Churches, CEO of AAUW; and Bud Deffebach, Co-founder, Groundswell Startups, participated in the panel and community discussion in an effort to find ways that we can work together as a community to create change. To learn more about CFB, visit: