Coppell High School Student Selected to Visit NASA This Summer as a High School Aerospace Scholar
(Coppell) – Gabriel Roper of Coppell High School has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) this summer to participate in the High School Aerospace Scholars program (HAS).
Nominated by his state legislator, Roper has been selected as one of more than 260 high school juniors from across Texas to be part of HAS.
Roper, 17, is the son of Gregory Roper and Michele Bregande Roper. He is a Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 845, which meets at Coppell Bible Fellowship, a three-year member of the CHS Robotics team, the Mad Cows, and a three-year member of the CHS wrestling team.
During the school year, selected students completed a 16-week interactive, on-line curriculum including four distance-learning modules each containing four web-based assignments. The on-site experience at NASA will include a tour of JSC facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts, then these scholars will apply their newfound knowledge working as a team to plan and design a mission to Mars.
Their on-site experience will conclude with a presentation of their proposal to attending parents, members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rotary NASA, and JSC senior management.
The state of Texas, in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, developed HAS in 1999 to encourage more students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). More than 8,700 students from across Texas have participated in the program since its inception 17 years ago.
With this program, NASA continues the Agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the Agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.
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