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Community College Scholars Selected to Design Robotic Rovers



March 2, 2012

Ann Marie Trotta 
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-1601 
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Rachel Kraft 
Johnson Space Center, Houston 
281-483-5111 
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Priscilla Vega 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. 
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RELEASE: 12-069

COMMUNITY COLLEGE SCHOLARS SELECTED TO DESIGN ROBOTIC ROVERS

WASHINGTON -- Community college students will have the chance to 
design robotic rovers in cooperation with NASA. Ninety-two students 
from schools in 24 states have been selected to travel to a NASA 
center to develop rovers through the National Community College 
Aerospace Scholars program. The initiative provides hands-on 
opportunities to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering 
and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

Students will visit either NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, Calif., from May 1-3, or NASA's Johnson Space Center in 
Houston from May 9-11. The teams will establish 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. 

"I am so proud of the Community College Aerospace Scholars program," 
said Leland Melvin, NASA's associate administrator for education. 
"Community colleges offer NASA a great pool of STEM talent critical 
to our scientific and exploration initiatives. They also serve a 
large portion of our nation's minority students. Engaging these 
underserved and underrepresented learners in STEM initiatives helps 
NASA build a more inclusive and diverse workforce for the future." 

Participants were selected based on completion of interactive 
web-based assignments throughout the school year. The on-site 
experience this spring includes a tour of NASA facilities and 
briefings from agency scientists and engineers. 

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

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

http://go.nasa.gov/nccas 

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

http://www.nasa.gov/education 

	
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