High School On-Line Program Focuses On STEM Subjects
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)
program, now in its fourth year at NASA Langley Research Center in
Hampton, VA, is currently accepting applications for its
interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and math
program. The semester-long curriculum teaches students about
aerospace exploration. Learning takes place through simulations,
weekly reading assignments, online games, video segments and online
quizzes. The program is open to high school juniors, including
homeschoolers, across the Commonwealth.
Based on course performance, scholars may be selected to spend a
week at NASA Langley where they will work with scientists and
engineers, design and build robotic rovers, learn about NASA
careers and plan a human mission to Mars.
"This program has prepared me by opening my eyes to the type of
requirements that I must meet in order to pursue a career in math
and science," said Iriat Faisal of George C. Mason High School in
"The curriculum helped me improve many of my skills, such as
focusing, writing, communicating with others and listening to what
other people have to say," said Anthony Guadino-Sullivan from West
Springfield High School in Springfield, VA. "The academy prepared
me to think the impossible can be done, to respect others' ideas
and input and taught me the importance of teamwork."
Upon completion of the program, students can receive up to four
college credits from Thomas Nelson Community College.
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program
uses a NASA-developed curriculum with a space-based theme and is
aligned with Virginia Standards of Learning. Master educators work
with students online, providing guidance and feedback on
VASTS is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant
Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center with assistance from
the Virginia Department of Education and industry partners.
Deadline for application is November 5.