NASA Aerospace Scholars

NASA Aerospace Scholars, together with its partners, have designed several projects to inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by experiencing space exploration through an on-line curricula and interacting with scientists and engineers who are involved in aviation and space exploration. The project began in Texas with a partnership between NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the State of Texas. Additonal partners include the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™ (HLS&R) and Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA).  With its success, Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS), has served as the model for other projects including the Texas Community College Aerospace Scholars (CAS) for community college students and the Texas Middle School Aerospace Scholars (MAS) for middle school teachers.   Partnerships with NASA have evolved to include several states replicating the high school project and the high school and community college projects being offered at the national levels.  The projects target students who are interested in STEM studies. While each project is unique to its state, they all include the same on-line curricula where students engage in STEM topics related to space exploration. Upon completion of these lessons, the top performing students are invited to a unique experience at a NASA center or other location where they have the opportunity to work in teams on a simulated human space exploration mission.  For a full listing of the programs go to the State and National program tabs.