HOUSTON, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is offering high school juniors in Texas an opportunity to explore their interests in space exploration and careers through the High School Aerospace Scholars program.
Nominated by Texas state legislators, selected participants will complete online activities focusing on present and past space missions, the International Space Station, the moon, Mars, and beyond to be eligible for a summer experience at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
During the summer experience, students will work on a team-oriented Mars exploration project with a Texas teacher, NASA engineer or scientist, and a NASA cooperative education student or intern. From the experience, students may receive a science elective credit toward graduation upon successful completion of the project.
Applications and all supporting documents are due by midnight CST Dec. 16. To be eligible, students must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Students also must have access to the Internet and e-mail, be able to commit to the program for one year, and participate in a six-day residence at Johnson during summer 2013.
The state of Texas, in partnership with Johnson and the Texas educational community, developed the program in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and offer it at no cost to the participants. More than 6,800 students from across Texas have participated to date.
The High School Aerospace Scholars application is available at: http://www.has.aerospacescholars.org/apply
For more information about NASA's High school Aerospace Scholars, visit: http://www.has.aerospacescholars.org/