For 22 years, many of the spacewalks that have taken place in NASA have been supervised by Mr. Miller and have been some of the most extraordinary feats that man has been involved in since the dawn of space exploration. Mr. Miller has been responsible for training over 50 teams for spacewalks for scientific purposes and repairs on the shuttles and equipment itself. The students at Gregory Lincoln Intermediate really enjoyed the lecture and to hear the questions asked you could honestly say that many of the students have thought long and hard about our space program and how it would fare in the years to come. Hopefully, we have our next group of astronauts and aeronautical engineers come from this bright group of students!
This magnet school is located in Houston’s 4th ward. Most of the students are low income with 91% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. The majority of the school is African-American and Hispanic. The area has also undergone a gentrification project which has cut attendance somewhat. Although that has taken place, several schools in the area have become “feeder” schools that send the majority of students in the area to Gregory Lincoln. The parents in the area have expressed great concern for their children’s education and Gregory-Lincoln has made great strides in giving these students the best they can in the Arts and Sciences. That is what drew us here at the Brilliant Lecture Series to the school. We were taken on a tour of the school, shown the labs and variety of science projects that the students had undertaken. The students really did enjoy Mr. Miller attending the school for the lecture. Not only did he inspire them scientifically, he also gave a sense of accomplishment by congratulating them on the work they have done so far with the various projects that were displayed around the school. He also inspired the children to always fight for their dreams and to never quit. He told them of his struggle to grow past small town America where he was told that he would never accomplish his dreams and how he pushed pass adversity. The message was well received by the children and administrators alike.
Mr. Miller was specifically fond of the fact that this school has participated and won several UIL competitions in the sciences and arts. We were truly inspired to see all they had accomplished and the kids did a bang up job completing their gardens of which we received a tour. Overall the campus was amazing and the students were exemplary…they really represented their school and the city quite well. We were truly honored to have been able to provide and enjoyable lecture to such a great group of students and we thank Mr. Miller for his time, insight and words of motivation. He was a great addition to our Brill Talks Series!