Monday, October 17, 2011

Starr Co. Students Could be Next NASA Space Explorers

State Representative Ryan Guillen is pleased to announce the launch of the 2011-2012 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program. The program enables selected Texas high school juniors to explore new frontiers and become part of NASA’s plan for space exploration.

Students selected will apply their math and science skills to complete 10 web-based assignments during the school year and then will travel to Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston during the summer to put those skills to use. At JSC, they will propose and design missions focused on deep space exploration alongside their peers as well as NASA scientists and engineers.

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our students to expand their academic knowledge and apply what they learn in an exciting real-world environment,” said Rep. Guillen. “The High School Aerospace Scholars program is recognized for inspiring the minds of our state’s young people."

Eligible students are required to be a U.S. citizen; a Texas resident; a current high school junior; have an interest in science, math or engineering; be able to commit to a relationship with JSC, including a one-week residential experience during the summer; and have access to the Internet and e-mail (home, school or public library).

The State of Texas, in partnership with JSC, and the Texas educational community, developed the High School Aerospace Scholars in 1999 to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Additional partners include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, University of Houston System and Rotary NASA. More than 6,500 students from across the state have participated in the program.

High school juniors interested in applying for the 2011-2012 program should visit the web at The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.

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