LSC-North Harris Students Team up With NASA, CHI to Create Out-of-This-World Opportunity

Published on: May 13, 2011

Lone Star College-North Harris, through its ongoing partnership with Houston-based Farouk Systems, is offering its cosmetology students a chance to make history and participate in NASA’s final shuttle mission later this year.

The CHI Stars program is giving students enrolled in the CHI School of Cosmetology at LSC-North Harris an opportunity to work directly with Farouk Systems on experiments that will be included on the upcoming STS-135 shuttle flight scheduled to launch in July.

“The experiments that our student will assist with have real-world implications for the cosmetology industry and demonstrate the important role of science in cosmetology,” said Dr. Steve Head, president of LSC-North Harris. “It will no doubt enhance the student’s current curriculum and be an invaluable learning experience. We are honored Farouk Systems has allowed us to take part in this special program.”

To be considered, students will submit an essay on the importance of science as it relates to cosmetology.

Senior Vice President of Technology for Farouk Systems and former NASA scientist, Dr. Dennis Morrison will prep, load and post-analyze five experiments aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, and will be working with the winning student.

“The NASA-based technology used in our CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron revolutionized the hair care industry,” said Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems. “We are committed to creating the best products using the most innovative of technologies, and we are proud to share the entire experience with a student from LSC-North Harris through the CHI Stars Program.”

In addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look at the process of designing and executing a NASA shuttle experiment, the selected student, and their professor, will accompany Dr. Morrison to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the loading of the experiment and to watch the launch. During the shuttle’s flight, Dr. Morrison and the student will be conducting identical experiments on Earth to compare the results with those found in space.

The top five essays submitted will be recognized and the winner announced at a brunch held at 10 a.m. on June 8 at the CHI Academy Farouk Systems’ headquarters located at 250 Pennbright Houston, TX 77090. Houston news personality Kim Davis from Beyond the Headlines will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston-based company that manufactures the world-renowned brands CHI and BioSilk with a mission statement of: Education, Environment and Ethics.  With more than 2,500 employees, the company sells its products in over 100 countries.  The company was founded in 1986 when Farouk Shami invented the first ammonia-free lightening system. Following benchmarks include incorporating silk into hair care, originating CHI thermal tool technology and continuous innovation through research to create better, safer products. For more information, go to www.farouk.com.

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