Waco High Junior Named NASA High School Aerospace Scholar

Waco High Junior Named NASA High School Aerospace Scholar
Posted on 03/24/2017


A Waco High School eleventh-grader was recently named NASA High School Aerospace Scholar. Dylan Rivera was accepted to the NASA High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program, an interactive, online experience that culminates in an all-expenses paid, week-long on-site workshop at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston this summer.

During the school year, upon his acceptance to the program, Dylan Rivera participated in online lessons and activities related to space exploration, earth science, technology and aeronautics. Like any other scholars in the program, Rivera had to complete four modules named after the stages of a Mars mission:  Getting There, Discovering There, Living There, and Working There. Within each module, there are 4 topics:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, each including interactive lessons focusing on Earth, Aeronautics, International Space Station, Journey to Mars, and the Solar System. Each topic culminates in a rubric-based activity and quiz.

Assignments include a variety of activities such as design challenges including 3D drawings, science and math quizzes, discussion posts and technology writings. Scholars participate in virtual chats with NASA engineers and scientists. He did the rigorous online course in addition to his Advanced Placement and dual-credit courses, and orchestra rehearsals.

Students with the highest scores in the online course are invited to put their training to use at NASA. Selected participants receive guidance from scientists and engineers to complete a hands-on design challenge and plan a mission to Mars. Both the online and onsite portions are free to participants.

This summer in July, Dylan Rivera will be among selected scholars who will attend a six-day residential summer session at NASA Johnson Space Center where selected students work on team projects and attend briefings directed by NASA engineers and scientists. They will participate in a hands-on design challenge and engineering activities to plan a mission to Mars and take tours of NASA facilities.

At the conclusion of the week, a closing event will be held for student participants. In addition to Scholars, Interns, Mentors, and Student Mentors, invited guests include NASA senior staff and other NASA VIPs. Upon completion of the onsite summer workshop, each participant will receive:  Certificate of Completion for participating in HAS, group photograph taken by NASA Photography, HAS polo shirt, and supporting document to submit for Science elective credit.

For more information, visit High School Aerospace Scholars at: https://nas.okstate.edu/has.  Or contact them at jsc-aeroscho@mail.nasa.gov or 281-483-4112.