Rembrandt Secondary Student Summer Internship Selection
REMBRANDT SECONDARY STUDENT SELECTED FOR INTERNSHIP AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TO ANALYZE NASA EARTH SCIENCE DATA
Liliana Sanchez, a student from Vanguard Rembrandt Secondary in Pharr, Texas has been selected for the prestigious Student Enhancement in Earth and Space Science (SEES) summer internship to be held at The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Students will work with scientists and engineers to conduct authentic research from data received from NASA’s earth observing satellites as well as designing Mars habitats, Lunar Exploration, and analysis of images from the International Space Station. This nationally competitive program sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium selects students who will increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through earth and space education. SEES is a collaborative effort of Texas Space Grant Consortium members and affiliates, NASA, and The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Space Research. Students apply for SEES and are selected competitively. The internships are organized around an aerospace or space science theme drawn from NASA’s diverse engineering and scientific research programs. The program combines the strengths of collaborators to enrich teaching and learning of STEM. Almost 1100 applications were received for the coveted 92 on-site internship positions. Students work remotely with their project scientist prior to the on-site internship. During the two weeks the students’ will work at UT/CSR, they will conduct hands-on activities, field investigations, attend presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, and work on various NASA missions. Earth is a complex, dynamic system we do not yet fully understand. The Earth system, like the human body, comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways. We strive to understand the Earth's atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere as a single connected system. Our planet is changing on all spatial and temporal scales. The purpose of NASA's Earth science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards. Students selected will come together July 16 in Austin, Texas to conduct experiments, tour facilities, network with other students, and conduct research while being mentored by NASA subject matter experts at The University of Texas at Austin. The SEES internship proves that the excitement students feel about space science is a critical step in enriching science, math, engineering, and technology. The internship will provide students the rare – and for most, unique - opportunity to spend two weeks working with professional scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of space exploration. SEES is funded through NASA’s Cooperative Agreement Notice NNH15ZDA004C.
Vanguard Rembrandt Secondary student selected to participate in NASA Summer Experience as a High School Aerospace Scholar
Pharr, TX Maky Pena, a junior at Vanguard Rembrandt Secondary High School in Pharr Texas has been selected to participate in NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) summer experience.
Nominated by their state legislator, Maky Pena was selected as one of over 800 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of the unique NASA engagement activity.
During the school year, selected students completed a 16-week interactive, online curriculum including four distance learning modules each containing four web-based STEM assignments. The summer experience with NASA will include working virtually in teams, briefings and interactions with NASA experts, virtual tours of facilities at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, and applying newfound knowledge working as a team to plan and design a mission to the moon and Mars.
Pena’s summer experience will conclude with a presentation of their proposal and virtual closing ceremony available to parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, and Johnson Space Center senior management.
The state of Texas, in partnership with Johnson Space Center and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to engage more students to pursue studies and career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). More than 10,000 students from across Texas have been impacted by the activity since its inception over 20 years ago.
HAS is an authentic STEM learning experience for Texas high school juniors to engage with NASA’s missions and become the next generation of explorers. HAS is directly tied to the agency’s STEM engagement goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s Artemis program, which will establish the first long-term human presence on the Moon.