DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 27
February 1, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
NASA STEM Educational Outreach Program
Space Grant Consortium and
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology
Scholars is a competitive program that allows high school juniors to apply for
an engaging NASA-developed course using a Space Exploration theme. Online coursework will teach a broad range of
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills aligned with
Virginia and national Standards of Learning. After successfully completing the
course, scholars participate in an all-expense-paid, six-day residential
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars coursework is offered online from April through June 2008. This graded course consists of ten lessons and a final project that allow students to build their knowledge of NASA and space exploration and key STEM skills. Master educators will work with students online throughout the course, providing ongoing communication and feedback on assignments, quizzes, and the final project. Students can view the coursework at the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Web site, www.vasts.spacegrant.org.
Students selected for the residential
Virginia Aerospace Scholars is modeled after the NASA
award-winning Texas Aerospace Scholars program sponsored by
To apply, students must:
Be a high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics;
Have a minimum GPA of 2.7;
Be at least 16 years of age; and
Have Internet access and e-mail to complete online assignments.
Additional background information and application forms can be found at www.vasts.spacegrant.org. The application deadline is March 14, 2008. For further information, please contact Paula Klonowski, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 371-0249.