NASA Launches Online STEM Education Program

Posted October 05, 2010 05:51 PM

NASA launches online STEM education program
NASA launches online STEM education program
A number of U.S. employers are seeking college graduates with science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) skills. As a result, government organizations such as NASA are launching programs that are designed to promote STEM education, with a strong focus on degrees in technology and engineering.

For example, NASA recently launched the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, according to a press release. The organization is currently accepting applications for its online STEM program.

VASTS teaches students about space exploration using online programs including simulations, weekly reading assignments, games, video segments and quizzes. Based on performance, students may be selected to spend a week at NASA Langley, where they will work with scientists and engineers, design and build robotic rovers, learn about NASA careers and plan a human mission to Mars.

Upon completion of the program, participants may be eligible to receive four college credits from Thomas Nelson Community College.

"This program has prepared me by opening my eyes to the type of requirements that I must meet in order to pursue a career in math and science," said VASTS scholar, Iriat Faisal of Bridgewater, Virginia, quoted by the news source.

VASTS is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center.

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