Who can apply?
Students from across the state of Texas are nominated to
participate by their state legislator through a competitive
process . In order to participate, students must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- A Texas resident
- Currently a junior in high school
- Interested in math, science, engineering,
- Committed to a one-year relationship with JSC, including
a designated six-day residential experience during the
- Access to the Internet (home, school, or public library)
Selected math and science
educators from across Texas serve as counselors during the
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What will the students do?
During the school
year, scholars will complete 10 web-based
lessons. Lessons begin in December and are due
every two weeks. These assignments include a variety of
activities such as reading online curriculum, writing essays,
designing upgrades to be used on the Shuttle and ISS, solving
math problems, and taking online quizzes. These lessons are aligned to the state and national standards.
selected, during the summer, scholars attend a six-day summer
session at JSC, which will include:
- Designing a human mission to Mars
- Tours of JSC facilities
- Mentoring by NASA engineers
- Participating in hands-on engineering activities
- Briefings by astronauts, engineers, and other NASA experts.
If selected students participate and complete the summer program, school districts may grant a science elective credit towards graduation based on the Scientific Research and Design course developed by the Texas Education Agency.
and counselors are provided transportation, housing, and
meals during their week-long stay at JSC.
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