WASHINGTON — NASA is offering community and junior college students
from across the country an opportunity to participate in a
semester-long scholars program, culminating in a three-day visit to
NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Students who apply and are chosen for the National Community College
Aerospace Scholars program will interact with NASA engineers and each
other as they learn more about careers in science and engineering.
Program participants will form teams and establish fictitious
companies interested in Mars exploration during the 2010 spring
semester. Each team will be responsible for developing a prototype
rover, designing a line drawing of their rover, and forming a company
infrastructure, including budget, communications and presentations.
Applications are due Dec. 15. To be eligible, students must be U.S.
citizens enrolled at a community or junior college with an interest
in science, technology, engineering, or math. Additionally, students
must have access to the Internet and e-mail and be able to commit to
full participation in the program, including a three-day residence at
Johnson from May 20-22, 2010. NASA will select 45 program
participants to attend the on-site event. NASA will pay their travel
“Almost half of post-secondary students are enrolled at community
colleges, and few programs are available to them,” said Linda Smith,
manager of both this program and the Texas Aerospace Scholars program
at Johnson. “NASA is proud to offer students nationwide this career
opportunity to engage in disciplines critical to the nation’s space
The National Community College Aerospace Scholars is a pilot program
based on Texas Aerospace Scholars, a program created by the state of
Texas in partnership with Johnson and the Texas education community.
Both programs are designed to encourage community and junior college
students to enter careers in science and engineering and join the
nation’s high technology workforce.
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