RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Antonella Riega, a Rio Rancho resident attending Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, has been selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project that includes a visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center Sept. 26-29.
She is one of 304 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of the program.
The five-week program culminates with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center where students will interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering, organizers said in a news release.
While there, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each team is responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget and developing communications and outreach.
The experience at NASA includes a tour of facilities and briefings by NASA subject matter experts.