VMHS Student Selected to Participate in NASA Summer Experience as a High School Aerospace Scholar

Veterans Memorial High School junior Jordan Hernandez has been selected to participate in NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) summer experience.

Nominated by their state legislators, Hernandez was selected as one of more than 800 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of this unique NASA engagement activity.

During the school year, those selected completed a 16-week interactive, online curriculum that included STEM assignments. The summer experience with NASA will include working virtually in teams, interacting with NASA experts, virtual tours of facilities at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and applying their newfound knowledge of working as a team to plan and design a mission to the Moon and Mars.

Hernandez’s summer experience will conclude with a presentation of her group’s proposal and a virtual closing ceremony that will be available to parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, and Johnson Space Center senior management.

The state of Texas, in partnership with Johnson Space Center and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). More than 10,000 students from across Texas have been impacted by the activity since it first began more than 20 years ago.  

Congratulations on this incredible accomplishment, Jordan!

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