The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Va. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists.
Students from across the state of Virginia are selected to participate through a competitive application process. In order to participate students must:
During the school year, scholars will complete eight web-based modules. The modules begin in December and are due every two weeks. Based upon the content of each module, Scholars will provide solutions to real-world questions and design upgrades to be used on the International Space Station (ISS) Design a new Crew Exploration Vehicle participate in discussion forums on current space-related topics with other Scholars, NASA scientists and engineers, to hone their technical writing skills. Upon successful completion of the on-line course, scholars who perform well in the course may be selected to attend a week-long Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. which will include:
School districts may chose to grant a science elective credit towards graduation for students who successfully complete the online program and Summer Academy. This is entirely at the discretion of the individual school district. Scholars who are selected for the week-long academy at NASA Langley Research Center are provided transportation, housing, and meals during their stay.
Complete the requirements located on the Application Instructions page.
The application deadline is October 30, 2016 at 11:55PM. If your application is accepted for the program, you will be notified via email before November 18th and provided with log-in information to begin working on the online curriculum. Each of the eight modules and final project will be graded using the rubrics at the end of each lesson. Scholars are selected for the Summer Academy based on timely completion of all assignments, quality of work, participation in online discussions, and the final grade.
On-site Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center: