House Representative

Workman, Paul

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11/05/2012

REP. WORKMAN ANNOUNCES START OF 2012-2013 HIGH SCHOOL AEROSPACE SCHOLARS PROGRAM

Program allows high school juniors to explore new frontiers in space exploration

Austin, TX-Representative Paul Workman is pleased to announce the launch of the 2012-2013 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program. The program enables selected Texas high school juniors to explore new frontiers and become a part of NASA's plan for space exploration.

Selected students will apply their math and science skills to complete eight web-based assignments during the school year to be competitively selected to travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer to put those skills to use. At the space center, they and their peers will design and propose a mission focused on deep space exploration alongside NASA scientists and engineers.

"I am very excited for students in House District 47 who choose to take advantage of this exciting opportunity," said Workman. "The HAS program will ensure that the future leaders of Texas cultivate and apply the skills necessary to excel in the fields of math, science, and engineering. We have a long history of space exploration and accomplishment in the aerospace industry here in Texas, and this program will help keep our state at the forefront."

Eligible students are required to meet the following criteria:

• U.S. citizen
• Texas resident
• Currently a high school junior
• Interest in science, math, or engineering
• Able to commit to a relationship with Johnson Space Center, including a one-week residential stay during the summer
• Access to the internet and e-mail at home, school or at a public library
The state of Texas, in partnership with Johnson Space Center and the Texas education community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since its inception, more than 6,800 students from across the state have participated in the program. Additional partners include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, University of Houston System, and Rotary National Award for Space Achievement.

High school juniors interested in applying should visit: http://HAS.aerospacescholars.org. The application deadline is November 30, 2012.


contact:
Brian Mitchell
512-463-0652