WHS Student Visits NASA as a High School Aerospace Scholar

WHS Student Visits NASA as a High School Aerospace Scholar
Posted on 07/31/2017

Certificate of Achievement

Dylan Marcus Rivera of Waco High School was selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars program (HAS) on July 16-21, 2017.

Nominated by his state legislator, Rivera was selected as one of approximately 300 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of HAS.

During the school year, selected students completed a 16-week interactive, online curriculum including four distance-learning modules each containing four web-based assignments. The onsite experience at NASA include a tour of Johnson Space Center facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. These scholars also apply their newfound knowledge working as a team to plan and design a mission to Mars.

Dylan Marcus Rivera and his parents

Rivera’s onsite experience concluded with a presentation of their group proposal to attending parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary NASA, and JSC senior management.

The state of Texas, in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More than 9000 students from across Texas have participated in the program since its inception 18 years ago.

With this program, NASA continues the Agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the Agency's education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

Dylan Marcus Rivera

For more information about Texas Aerospace Scholars, visit http://has.aerospacescholars.org
For more information about NASA’s mission to Mars, visit https://www.nasa.gov/content/nasas-journey-to-mars/
For social media updates, follow: @NASAedu #HAS2017 #JourneyToMars