Kirk Miller, junior at PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School won a scholarship to the Aerospace Scholars program with the NASA Johnson Space Center.
Kirk Miller, junior at PSJA Thomas Jefferson T-STEM Early College High School won a scholarship to the Aerospace Scholars program with the NASA Johnson Space Center. Arianna Vazquez-Hernandez, Director of Communications/Public Information is very proud one of her students got into this program.
“It is a highly competitive program with the NASA Johnson Space Center,” she said. “Through the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars program, NASA wants students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow. It is a one-of-a-kind experience for students to explore the possibilities of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics related major or career.”
Selected students enrolled in the program will commit to a one-year relationship with NASA, so they can participate in interactive lessons on NASA activities related to space exploration, earth science, technology and aeronautics. They will also be part of Virtual chats with NASA engineers and scientists, and design challenges such as 3D drawing, video creation, and interactive poster design. One of the highlights of the program will be the week-long residential summer experience with NASA engineers and scientists, as well as a tour of NASA facilities. Miller has been selected as one of 500 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of the Aerospace program. Selection is based on application profile, an essay and letters of recommendation. As part of the program, the PSJA junior will complete a 16-week interactive, online curriculum including four distance-learning modules, each containing four web-based assignments.
For Vazquez-Hernandez, this is a great victory for the RGV community. “It provides additional hands-on opportunities for our students interested in a career in the STEM fields,” she says. According to her, scoring on these type of opportunities makes them encourage their students to apply and support them throughout the way. Miller is the first student to be awarded this achievement. He is pursuing an Associate Degree in Computer Science, and is scheduled to complete it prior to his high school graduation.
By Rolf Otto Niederstrasser