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PHARR, Texas – Thirty-seven Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD (PSJA ISD) high school juniors have been accepted into NASA’s Texas High School Aerospace Program (HAS) for the 2022-2023 school year.
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 a year-long commitment for Texas high school juniors which starts in the fall with a four-month online learning experience related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, and aeronautics.
Students from the following PSJA ISD high schools were accepted into the competitive year-long program: PSJA Early College High School (11); PSJA North Early College HS (2); PSJA Memorial Early College HS (1); and PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS (23).
For PSJA T. Jefferson T-STEM ECHS Principal Sylvia Lizcano having more than 20 of her students get accepted fills her with pride.
“We are excited for the opportunity that the students in PSJA have been given,” said Principal Lizcano. “The NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program, which provides a unique and engaging experience in the exploration of space, will inspire our students to become the next generation of STEM explorers.”
According to the HAS website, as part of the program students will complete an online course that includes four, one-month modules with interactive online lessons and activities related to space exploration, Earth science, technology, and aeronautics that will familiarize scholars with NASA’s six themes of: Humans in Space, Moon to Mars, Earth, Space Technology, Flight, and Solar System and Beyond. Students will get to engage and learn from NASA engineers throughout the course.
“To have 37 students selected to be part of this program speaks volumes of the caliber of education being offered to our students and our efforts to inspire them to discover their passions,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. “This is an exciting opportunity for our juniors to take part in that will offer them new knowledge, expand their network, and open many doors in their careers.”