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*Center High School** Students Selected to Visit NASA This Summer as a High
School Aerospace Scholar*
Center, TX – Michael Stanford of Center High School in Center, TX has been
selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) this summer to
participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars program (HAS).
Nominated by their state legislator, Stanford has been selected as one of
more than 260 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of HAS.
During the school year, selected students completed a 16-week interactive,
on-line curriculum including four distance-learning modules each containing
four web-based assignments. The on-site experience at NASA will include a
tour of JSC facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts, then
these scholars will apply their newfound knowledge working as a team to
plan and design a mission to Mars.
Their on-site experience will conclude with a presentation of their
proposal to attending parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary NASA, and JSC senior management.
The state of Texas, in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational
community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue
studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM). More than 8,700 students from across Texas have participated in the
program since its inception 17 years ago.
With this program, NASA continues the Agency’s tradition of investing in
the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the Agency's
major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM
disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to
Mars and beyond.

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