Friday, 06 September 2013 07:00
MISSION—According to Mission High School seniors Flor Benavides and Jasmine Garza, the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program sponsored by NASA was a lot of hard work, but well worth the effort. They were encouraged to apply for the program by their then physics teacher, Eric Gutierrez.
The program offers students a one-of-a-kind experience to help them explore the possibilities of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related major or career. Students participate in online space exploration studies; participate in an online community including chat sessions with subject matter and NASA engineers/scientists and research about leading STEM professionals. The program concludes with a six-day residential summer experience at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Benavides and Garza said they were nervous about attending the summer session in Houston, but quickly discovered a competitive, but very supportive atmosphere they found challenging and very rewarding.