LBCC student to participate in NASA’s Mars prototype vehicle project

Long Beach City College student Heidi Hisu Park is among 48 students from community colleges in 25 states who have been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to develop prototype vehicles to roam Mars. The students will participate in the three-day experience through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program, coordinated at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The students will visit Marshall Nov. 8, 9 and 10, establishing teams and forming fictitious companies pursuing Mars exploration. Each team will create a company infrastructure to design and develop a rover. The experience includes a tour of NASA facilities and briefings from agency scientists and engineers. Participants were selected based on completion of web-based assignments during the school year centered on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content.
“Community colleges are a tremendous source of talented problem-solvers and will help feed skilled scientists and engineers into the nation’s workforce,” said Susan White, director of Education at Johnson. “This program helps inspire students to pursue STEM careers in the future.”
NCAS is based on the Texas Aerospace Scholars program, originally created in partnership with NASA and the educational community in Texas. The program is designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nation’s highly technical workforce.
For a complete list of the students, their states and the community colleges they represent, visit http://go.usa.gov/0TX. For more information about NASA’s education programs, visit nasa.gov/education.

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