House Representative

Koop, Linda


Rep. Koop Announces Start of 2015-2016 High School Aerospace Scholars

DALLAS, TX- Representative Linda Koop is pleased to announce the launch of the 2015-2016 High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) project. HAS 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 web-based assignments during the school year, and those who score high enough will travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston during the summer to put those skills to use. With the guidance of NASA scientists and engineers at Johnson, they will design a mission to Mars and take part in hands-on engineering challenges.

To be eligible, students must be
• a U.S. citizen;
• a Texas resident;
• a current high school junior;
• interested in science, math or engineering;
• able to commit to the six-month online course and a one-week residential experience during the summer; and
• able to access the Internet and e-mail (home, school or public library)

The state of Texas, in partnership with Johnson and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science technology, engineering, and mathematics. Some 8,300 students from across Texas have participated in the program since its inception 16 years ago. Additional partners include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement and University of Houston System.

High school juniors interested in applying for the 2015-2016 project should visit:

Contact: Camie Lowman or Deb Derham
Phone: 281.483.4112
Fax: 281.483.3789