Friday, April 15, 2011

Students to Design Rovers with NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the selection of 80 students from 28 community colleges across the United States and Puerto Rico to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. In a press release from NASA on April 7, 2011, the agency unveiled details about the program which is intended to encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines.

The students were selected based on participation and completed assignments in an on-line program which was conducted during the school year. The chosen students will participate in the program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California on April 27-29 or at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas on May 12-14 this year.

The students will be separated into teams as hypothetical companies pursuing the exploration of Mars. The students will experience many of the challenges and use methods employed by actual scientists and engineers of the agency. The students will also be responsible for developing the company infrastructure as well as designing and creating a prototype rover for use on the planet

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