Students to Design Space Rovers

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) — The U.S. space agency says it has selected 76 students from community colleges in 28 states and Puerto Rico to take part in a space rover development project.

The students will travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston May 20-22 to participate in a three-day event, during which they will develop robotic explorers that might rove the surfaces of other worlds.


Students in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars pilot program completed four Web-based assignments during the school year. Those who maintained a 95 average qualified for the trip to the space center to interact with NASA engineers and learn more about careers in science and engineering.

“Program participants will form teams and establish fictitious companies interested in Mars exploration during the event,” NASA said. “Each team will be responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of their rover, and forming a company infrastructure, including budget, communications and presentations.”

The on-site experience includes a tour of Johnson facilities and briefings from NASA employees, including astronauts.

A list of the students and their colleges is available at http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/National_Community_College_Aerospace_Scholars.html.

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