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Community College Scholars Selected To Design Robotic Rovers



April 07, 2011

Ann Marie Trotta 
Headquarters, Washington                                
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Rachel Kraft 
Johnson Space Center, Houston                                    
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RELEASE: 11-105

COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARS SELECTED TO DESIGN ROBOTIC ROVERS

HOUSTON -- Eighty students from community colleges in 28 states and 
Puerto Rico have been selected to travel to a NASA center to develop 
robotic rovers. The National Community College Aerospace Scholars 
program encourages students to pursue careers in science, technology, 
engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

The students will visit either NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, Calif., April 27-29 or the Johnson Space Center in Houston 
May 12-14. Participants were selected based on completion of 
Web-based assignments during the school year. 
The students will establish teams and form fictitious companies 
pursuing Mars exploration. Each team will shape a company 
infrastructure to develop and design a prototype rover. The on-site 
experience includes a tour of NASA facilities and briefings from 
agency scientists, engineers and astronauts. 

"This innovative experience allows students to take what they've 
learned in the classroom and apply it to technical questions in the 
real world, simulating what NASA engineers and scientists do every 
day," said Leland Melvin, NASA associate administrator for education. 
"It will help them develop the skills they need to be the problem 
solving explorers of tomorrow." 

The program is based on the state of Texas' Aerospace Scholars, 
originally created in partnership with NASA and the Lone Star state's 
educational community. The programs are designed to encourage 
community and junior college students to enter careers in science and 
engineering and ultimately join the nation's highly technical 
workforce. 

Through this program, NASA continues the agency's investment in 
educational programs that attract and retain students in STEM 
disciplines critical to NASA's future missions. 

For a complete list of the students, their states and the community 
colleges they represent, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/National_Community_College_Aerospace_Scholars.html 

For more information about NASA's National Community College Aerospace 
Scholars Program, visit: 

http://aerospacescholars.jsc.nasa.gov/ 

For more information about NASA's education programs, visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/education 

	
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