House Representative

White, James

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/14/2016

State Rep. White Announces Start of 2016-2017 High School Aerospace Scholars

Austin, TX - State Representative James White is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016-2017 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.

To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens, Texas residents, current high school juniors who are interested in science, math, or engineering, and able to commit to the six-month online course and a one-week residential experience during the summer. The six-month online course will require students to have access to internet and e-mail (home, school, or public library).

Selected students will apply their math and science skills to complete online assignments during the school year. Those who score high enough will have the opportunity to travel to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they will implement what they have learned during the course. With the guidance of NASA scientists and engineers, students will design a mission to Mars and take part in hands-on engineering challenges.

"Math and science are integral to educating our young Texans to compete in a 21st century hi-tech global economy and ensuring our economic freedom in Texas. This program will help students participate in a program that will expand their scope and potentially lead them to careers in science, technology, and engineering. As a former public school classroom teacher, I urge educators to encourage their students to apply and participate in this outstanding program," said Rep. White.

Students interested in applying for the 2016-2017 project can visit: http://HAS.aerospacescholars.org/. The deadline for applications is October 26th, 2016. For further information and questions, students and teachers may contact Mark Wright or Deb Derham at 281-483-4112 or via email at jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov.

If you have any questions, please contact State Representative James White's office at (512) 463-0490 or (409) 283-3700.