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LAVC Student Visited NASA this Summer with the NCAS Program

LAVC student Henry Kobin was one of 280 community college students across the country selected be in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS). As a NCAS Scholar, he got an opportunity for to participate in an on-site visit to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory over the summer. 

LAVC Student Visited NASA this Summer with the NCAS Program

LAVC student Henry Kobin was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to visit NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) as part of the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).

The physics major was selected as one of 280 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the NCAS on-site experience.

Kobin, who aspires to "discover life in space", is fascinated by Europa (one of Jupiter's many moons) because of its unique composition of a massive ocean under the ice surface. He notes, "NASA is very interested in Europa, and they intend to launch missions there in the 2020's. NCAS has enabled me to meet scientists and engineers who are currently working on this mission."

NCAS is a five-week aerospace scholars program that gives community college STEM students an authentic NASA experience and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a NASA-related field or career. The program culminates with a four-day on-site event in July at one of 10 NASA field centers, where participating students had the opportunity to attend briefings by NASA subject matter experts, information on how to apply for internships and a tour of NASA’s unique facilities.

During his on-site visit, he got to work as a project manager on a team to build a rover that would collect "rock samples" on a fake Mars terrain. At the completion of the project, he got to make a presentation where they attempted to "sell" the rover they built to a panel of real mechanical engineers and education office employees at JPL.

"Participating in NCAS is an absolute honor as a STEM student, and I could not be more thankful for the opportunity," said Kobin."Being selected as an NCAS scholar is incredible because it gets your foot in the door at one of the most incredible scientific institutions in the whole universe: Jet Propulsion Laboratory."

He want to encourage other STEM students to reach out to the LAVC STEM Office and ask for tips on how to apply for the program. 

“NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but it also opens doors for future careers at NASA.  NCAS has a legacy of alumni moving from NASA internships to and ultimately entering the NASA workforce.  It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague,” Joeletta Patrick, Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager.

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is a project funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and under served students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce. For additional information, contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars Web site.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 9/5/2018 5:00:01 PM