Community College Aerospace Scholars


Would you like to learn about Aerospace engineering and have fun at the same time?

Then Community College Aerospace Scholars (CAS) is the educational program for you.   As an Aerospace student,
you will participate in graded web-based modules. Based on your module grades and completed applications, a limited number of students will be chosen to attend the two day onsite experience at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. With this experience you will have the chance to tour Johnson Space Center (JSC) and interact with NASA engineers and scientists. You will also have the opportunity to collaborate with community college students from across the state of Texas and participate in the engineering design challenges. 


Who is eligible to participate?

Community college students from across Texas will compete to participate in this program.  To participate you must be:

  • A US Citizen.
  • At least 18 year of age and a high school graduate.
  • A Texas resident.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • A registered community college student during the application process and program.
  • Enrolled with at least 9 hrs in STEM, science, technology, engineering, mathematics courses.
  • Able to commit to a six month relationship with NASA JSC, including a two-day experience at NASA.
  • Able to complete requirements established by your community college district.
  • Must obtain a 70 average on the online modules.


What will you do as an Aerospace Scholar?

CAS consists of two primary components:

Graded web-based activities including:
  • Twenty hours of pre-work
  • Online interaction with participants on space exploration.

On-site experience at NASA including:

  • Engineering design challenges directed by NASA engineers/scientists
  • Briefings by NASA Engineers/Scientists
  • Tour of NASA JSC facilities through Space Center Houston.

Who pays for CAS?

CAS is funded by the State of Texas and NASA, and administrated by NASA JSC.  Participants receive meals, lodging, and supplies at no charge.  Transportation will be provided by Collin College.  

Once you are accepted by NASA, print out and sign the release and rules of contact form. Bring it  to either Denise Brown J106 SCC or Gary Goldgar F135 SCC.  You must attend a mandatory meeting with a representative from the Provost's office regarding travel.       


Important Dates

Application Open October 1, 2013
Application Closes Feb. 1, 2014
Start Lessons Online Upon completed application
Final Lesson Due February 20, 2014
Students Notified of Selection February 27, 2014
Program Dates, one of

these three dates.

March 20-21, 2014

March 26-27, 2014

April 3-4, 2014


How do I apply?

NASA Application process

Collin College Application process


Note that travel to NASA dates fall on Wednesday-Friday, with Wednesday morning and Friday afternoon being the travel dates.  It is about a 5+ hour drive from Plano to NASA.


Collin CAS students Spring 2006


Students getting a tour of NASA