As part of this program, Isaiah and Kayla will complete 10 online space exploration lessons in space shuttle, space station, lunar and Mars exploration.
These lessons include links to virtual reality models, interactive tutorial, videos and 3D graphics. They also include e-mails and online conversations with NASA engineers and scientists. Students will be graded on lessons and will receive a high school science elective credit.
Based upon the results of these lessons, NASA will select six groups of 10 students to attend six-day summer sessions at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) to work with NASA scientists and engineers to research and plan for a human mission to Mars. The summer session also includes tours of JSC facilities and briefings by NASA engineers, scientists and astronauts.
In addition to completing the online application for this program to NASA, Kayla and Isaiah had to submit their high school transcripts and letters of recommendation, including one from their state representative, Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles.
The High School Aerospace Program is sponsored by NASA and funded by the State of Texas, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and Rotary NASA.
The A.C. Jones teacher who works with these students and recommended them to the program is Ben Barris.
Nancy Jones, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said, “We are proud of Kayla and Isaiah and their teacher, Mr. Barris. We have great students who can compete with anyone, anywhere.”