Space

October 17, 2012

Community college scholars selected to design rovers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Forty community college students from across the United States have been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., to participate in the 2012 National Community College Aerospace Scholars project.

The three-day event Oct. 23-25 will feature a rover-building experience.

The students, representing 18 states, will form fictional companies pursuing Mars exploration. Each team will develop, design, and build a prototype rover, then use their prototypes to navigate a course, collect rocks and water, and return to a home base. The event includes a tour of Marshall and briefings from agency scientists and engineers.

“The CCAS program allows students to take what they have learned in the classroom and augment it with realistic, hands-on experience,” said Leland Melvin, associate administrator for education at NASA Headquarters. “They will tackle some of the same challenges faced by NASA scientists and engineers every day. By the end of their experience, they will have developed valuable skills for future high-tech careers.”

The program is based on the Texas Aerospace Scholars project, originally created in partnership with NASA and the Texas educational community. NASA Aerospace Scholars programs are designed to encourage students to consider careers in science and engineering and eventually join the nation’s technical workforce. Participants in the national project were selected based on completion of interactive web-based assignments throughout the school year.

 

For a complete list of the student participants, their states and the community colleges they represent, visit http://go.nasa.gov/nccas.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Orbital completes third cargo delivery mission to ISS

Orbital Sciences Corporation, one of the world’s leading space technology companies, announced Aug. 18 the successful completion of its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply...
 
 

NASA selects Texas State University to provide educator professional development

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded approximately $15 million in a new, five-year cooperative agreement to Texas State University at San Marcos to provide educator professional development using NASA-related science, technology, engineering and math content. The selection is in response to an Education Opportunities in NASA STEM ñ Educator Professional D...
 
 
Photograph courtesy of NASA/SAO/CXC/R. Margutti et al

NASA’s Chandra Observatory searches for trigger of nearby supernova

Photograph courtesy of NASA/SAO/CXC/R. Margutti et al NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is helping determine what caused SN 2014J, one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades. By comparing X-ray data taken before and a...
 

 
NASA photograph

NASA to investigate climate impacts of Arctic sea ice loss

NASA photograph NASA’s C-130 aircraft will carry scientists over the Arctic starting this month from northern Greenland and Fairbanks, Alaska. A new NASA field campaign will begin flights over the Arctic this summer to st...
 
 
Photograph courtesy of Andrew Westphal, UC Berkeley

Stardust team reports discovery of first potential interstellar space particles

Photograph courtesy of Andrew Westphal, UC Berkeley The largest interstellar dust track found in the Stardust aerogel collectors was this 35 micron-long hole produced by a 3 picogram mote that was probably traveling so fast tha...
 
 
Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s NuSTAR sees rare blurring of black hole light

Image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech The regions around supermassive black holes shine brightly in X-rays. Some of this radiation comes from a surrounding disk, and most comes from the corona, pictured here as the white light at ...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>