Redlands Community College is hosting its first NASA on Campus event September 26-28 as part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS).
Nearly 500 community college students from across the U.S. will be visiting one of the six community college campuses piloting the NCAS model, developed by NASA, or participating at one of the NASA centers. Redlands will be hosting 25 students from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City Community College, OSU-OKC, Redlands and Tulsa Community College in addition to students from Alabama, Iowa, Louisiana and Texas.
“We are excited to be a part of this pilot project because several Redlands students have benefited from the NCAS experience and were greatly impacted by their time at NASA sites,” said Jack Bryant, president of Redlands Community College. “We appreciate the efforts of our math and science instructors to bring the NASA experience to our campus so that more students can benefit from this unique learning format.”
The experience consists of a five-week online activity that culminates with an onsite event at select campuses across the country, and offers students the opportunity to learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at Redlands Community College, students will form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.
The event includes briefings by subject matter experts, information on how to apply for NASA internships, a tours of Redlands Community College Growhouse and Stafford Air and Space Museum. One lucky student from this experience will receive a NASA internship to be awarded summer 2020.
The Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) funds NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars. MUREP is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with authentic learning experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.
With this activity, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of engaging the nation in NASA’s mission and leading an innovative and sustainable program of exploration to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.
“NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA. NCAS alumni often move on to NASA internships and ultimately enter the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague,” says Torry Johnson, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager.
For additional information, please contact NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars by email at JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov or by phone at 281-244-0104. For more information, visit ncas.aerospacescholars.org. Visit www.nasa.gov/education/murep for more information on MUREP. Find social media updates @RedlandsCougars on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or follow #NCAS2019 #MUREP.