AUSTIN – Last week, State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) announced the launch of the High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project, which White says will help young Texans compete in a rapidly changing, tech-dependent workforce.
“Math and science are integral to educating our young Texans to compete in a 21st century high-tech global economy and ensuring our economic freedom in Texas,” he said.
HAS will enable high school juniors who are selected to become a part of NASA’s plan for space exploration. Students who score high enough during the school year on assignments in the program will have the opportunity to travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, and implement what they have learned for a two-day stay.
According to White, those who are selected to travel to the Space Center will be able to design a mission to Mars and take part in several hands-on engineering challenges, under the guidance of NASA scientists and engineers.
Eligibility for the program requires U.S. citizenship, state residency and an interest in STEM fields. Interested students must also commit to the six-month online course and a one-week residential experience at the Space Center during the summer. Students will also have to have access to internet and email.
“As a former public school classroom teacher, I urge educators to encourage their students to apply and participate in this outstanding program,” said White.