Design Workshops To Take Place AT JPL In CA And Johnson Space
Center In TX
Eighty students from community colleges in 28 states and Puerto
Rico have been selected to travel to a NASA center to develop
robotic rovers. The National Community College Aerospace Scholars
program encourages students to pursue careers in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The students will visit either NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
in Pasadena, CA, April 27-29 or the Johnson Space Center in Houston
May 12-14. Participants were selected based on completion of
Web-based assignments during the school year. The students will
establish teams and form fictitious companies pursuing Mars
exploration. Each team will shape a company infrastructure to
develop and design a prototype rover. The on-site experience
includes a tour of NASA facilities and briefings from agency
scientists, engineers and astronauts.
"This innovative experience allows students to take what they've
learned in the classroom and apply it to technical questions in the
real world, simulating what NASA engineers and scientists do every
day," said Leland Melvin"
The program is based on the state of Texas' Aerospace Scholars,
originally created in partnership with NASA and the Lone Star
state's educational community. The programs are designed to
encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in
science and engineering and ultimately join the nation's highly
Through this program, NASA continues the agency's investment in
educational programs that attract and retain students in STEM
disciplines critical to NASA's future missions.