DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 227
September 12, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars
Virginia Space Grant Consortium and
Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars Program 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
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars coursework is offered online from December 2008 through May 2009. 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 website, 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 November 14, 2008. For further information, please contact Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-0249.