BETA student participates in NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program

BETA student participates in NASA High School Aerospace Scholars Program
Posted on 03/04/2016
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Brishiy Cavazos of Donna, a junior at STISD’s BETA campus, was selected to participate in the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program hosted by NASA.

HAS is an interactive online learning experience highlighted by a weeklong internship. Selected students are encouraged to study mathematics, science, engineering and computer science by interacting with engineers at NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC).

The project includes preliminary interactive Web-based activities, distance learning and a residential experience during the summer at JSC.

From across the state of Texas, students are selected to participate by their state legislator through a competitive process. Selected students are Texas residents and U.S. citizens currently in their junior year of high school (rising seniors) with an interest and aptitude for the aforementioned subjects.

Cavazos’ life-long goal is to work as an engineer at NASA, and the opportunity to participate in the HAS program is a dream come true. 

“So far, my favorite part of the program is the opportunity to communicate with the professionals at NASA,” said Cavazos.  “Whether it’s through e-mail or messenger, each interaction is effective and contributes to my success for each virtual mission assigned.”   

In her latest virtual mission, Cavazos used AutoCAD, a commercial software application for 2D and 3D computer-aided design and drafting, to design a satellite that was going to gain images from Mars and Jupiter, and from another satellite that had already been sent out to space. 

Cavazos plans to pursue a career in Aeronautical Engineering at North Texas University in Denton in the fall of 2017.