NASA is now offering high school juniors in Texas an opportunity to explore their interests in space exploration and careers through the High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program.
All the candidates who are nominated by the Texas state legislators, will engage in online forums focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) topics and complete activities focused on space missions, the International Space Stations, the Moon, Mars and beyond to qualify for a six-day summer experience at NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston.
During this period students will work on a team-oriented Mars exploration project with a Texas teacher and a NASA engineer or scientist mentor. Students may receive a science elective credit towards graduation upon successful completion of the project.
Students must be U.S citizens, residents of Texas and high school juniors with an interest in STEM studies. Students also must have access to the Internet and e-mail, and be able to commit to the program for one year.
HAS is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Rotary NASA, at no cost to the participants. The program was developed in 1999, to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in STEM. More than 7,000 students from across Texas have participated to date.
The On-Site Summer Experiences are: Collaborate with students from across the state of Texas on a unique design project during the on-site summer experience at JSC. Work with NASA JSC engineers and co-ops/interns on the project. Present your mission to NASA personnel and community leaders.
Student Application Deadline is on November 21, 2013 Students Online Experience begins from November 27, 2013. Expert Chat Sessions will be held in February-March 2014.
HAS On-Site Summer Weeks:
Week 1 - June 8-13, 2014
Week 2 - June 15-20, 2014
Week 3 - June 22-27, 2014
Week 4 - July 27 - August 1, 2014
Week 5 - August 3-8, 2014