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Student to Participate in NASA Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston May 1-4

April 26, 2017 -- CNM student Jake McCullough will be headed to the Johnson Space Center in Houston May 1-4 to participate in a NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program.
Student to Participate in NASA Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston May 1-4

Apr 26, 2017

NCAS gives community college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career.

At the hands-on NCAS workshop, he will work on a team project mentored by NASA engineers, attend briefings by engineers and scientists, tour NASA facilities and compete in a rover competition.

McCullough was selected to attend based on a letter of recommendation by CNM calculus instructor Kenneth Anglin and a 500-word essay he wrote about why he wants to participate. He had to take an online webinar course about space travel and do a final project where he devised his own unmanned rover mission to MARS. The project included details about the type of space craft to use, scientific goals of the rover, outreach, and public involvement for the mission

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students studying STEM.

McCullough is studying to be a software engineer.