The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) program, offered by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, is an interactive online STEM learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors, which engages students in NASA’s satellite missions designed to improve understanding of our own planet’s complex systems through the power of remote sensing.
Students selected to participate are immersed in NASA-related research and satellite mission design through interaction with NASA scientists, engineers, and technologists. Successful completion of the course is highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Students can earn up to five FREE, transferable, dual-enrolled college credits through Virginia Peninsula Community College.
VESSS received the prestigious 2019 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition. The award recognizes exemplary science and integrated STEM programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student learning.