House Representative

Giddings, Helen

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/01/2013

Giddings Encourages Student Participation in the 2013-2014 High School Aerospace Scholars Program

Representative Helen Giddings (Dallas) is pleased to join other Texas State Representatives and Senators in announcing the launch of the 2013-2014 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project.

Representative Giddings has been a strong advocate for improved education and opportunities for Texas children in the Texas House. Giddings stated "I support the HAS scholarship program because its goal is to help young people explore career possibilities within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math - the basics of the STEM requirements."

The premise of the 15 year history of the HAS program is to have students apply their math and science skills to complete eight web-based assignments during the academic school year to be competitively selected to travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer, and put these skills to use. At the Johnson Space Center, students will design and propose a mission focused on deep space exploration, while working alongside their peers and NASA scientists and engineers.

Representative Giddings believes "this is an excellent opportunity for the high school juniors in the Dallas area to test their knowledge, as well as have an experience few Americans will ever have a chance to - working with NASA scientists and engineers first-hand." Giddings also included that "I really hope the high school students in District 109 - including any homeschooled or private schools - take the time to encourage their students and children to apply for this program!"

This program is open to all Texas high school juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. The eligible student must additionally have access to the internet and email, and be able to commit to a relationship with the Johnson Space Center in Houston (including a one-week residential experience during the summer).

Interested students may apply directly to the Johnson Space Center in Houston by the November 15, 2013 deadline. There is more information available regarding the application and the program at http://HAS.aerospacescholars.org .