Klein High Student Selected to Participate in NASA Scholar Program

Nathan Ion of Klein High School has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars program


Nominated by their state legislator, Ion has been selected as one of approximately 270 high school juniors from across the state to be part of the program.

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 will include a tour of JSC facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts. These scholars will also apply their newfound knowledge working as a team to plan and design a mission to Mars.

Ion’s onsite experience will conclude with a presentation of their 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.

For more information about Texas Aerospace Scholars, click here.

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