The week-long residential Summer Academy will be available to 180 of the top-performing Scholars from the online course. Scholars will come to NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia where they will meet engineers, scientists, and technologist from the aerospace field who will serve as Mentors. With a systems engineering focus, the Summer Academy immerses the Scholars in a cooperative learning and group decision making environment modeling real-world working environments.
The Scholars arrive at NASA Langley Research Center ready to work collaboratively within five teams; Mission Integration, Mission Transit, Science and Surface Operations, Strategic Communications, and Human Factors. These five teams are presented with the problem of creating a human mission to Mars architecture. This project provides the Scholars with the purpose for research and content knowledge acquired during the online course and completion of a final project. The mission design project will guide students in working as a team towards a common goal. The Scholars soon realize that each decision made hinges upon other teams' technology development concepts, needs, and ideas. Scholars drive the questions to be asked of the different teams, negotiate terms of agreement, realize tradeoffs in technologies and funding must be made. Learn to employ appropriate communication skills in working with other teams. The NASA Mentors and Master Teachers facilitate the Scholars' mission design work and guide students to make educated and informed decisions.
The Academy offers Scholars and Master Teachers opportunities to learn about the latest in space exploration technology and science directly from engineers and scientists working on current mission design projects. Tours of NASA LaRC's facilities housing technologies such as the large-scale Lightweight Surface Manipulator System (LSMS) and the Electron Beam Free-Form Fabricator will be offered as well as hands-on activities that simulate Mars robotic rover communication with Earth, surface exploration, and mineral sampling.
Teachers will receive $2000 for each week of Summer Academy participation.
Saturday at noon through Friday afternoon of designated Academy week.
All meals and transportation will be provided during the Summer Academy.
Teachers will be housed at the Christopher Newport University (CNU) in Newport News, VA with the Scholars.
June 17-23, 2017
July 8-14, 2017
July 22-28, 2017