SLCC Student Selected to Design Robotic Rovers at NASA Flight Center

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Salt Lake Community College student Christopher F. Thompson has been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. to develop a prototype vehicle to roam Mars. Mr. Thompson will participate in the three-day experience through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program.

Salt Lake Community College student Christopher F. Thompson has been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. to develop a prototype vehicle to roam Mars. Mr. Thompson will participate in the three-day experience through the National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program.

Alongside his peers, Mr. Thompson will establish a team and form a fictitious company pursuing Mars exploration. The team will create a company infrastructure to design and develop a rover. The experience includes a tour of NASA facilities and briefings from agency scientists and engineers. Mr. Thompson is among 48 students from 25 states who will visit Marshall November 8-10.

"Community colleges are a tremendous source of talented problem solvers and will help feed skilled scientists and engineers into the nation’s workforce," said Susan White, Director of Education at Johnson Space Center in Houston, where the program is coordinated. "This program helps inspire students to pursue STEM careers in the future."

Mr. Thompson and other participants were selected based on completion of web-based assignments during the school year centered on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content.

NCAS is based on the Texas Aerospace Scholars program, originally created in partnership with NASA and the educational community in Texas. The program is designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nation's highly technical workforce.

For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/education.

About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Educating and training more than 62,000 people each year, the College is the largest institution of higher education in Utah. The College has 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Courses are offered during both traditional and accelerated semesters, during the daytime, evenings, and weekends. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.

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