NCAS wins Space Flight Awareness Team Award
In March 2020, the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) team learned of postponements to onsite experiences, at NASA centers, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAS team quickly pivoted and collaborated with all 10 NASA centers to develop a virtual onsiteexperience. In only eight weeks the team identified a new challenge, centered around NASA’s Moon to Mars mission; maintained core elements from the face-to-face experience; and utilized virtual tours showcasing NASA-unique facilities. Additional NCAS team members melded it all to create an interactive experience, including engaging custom graphics.
“To be honest, I was bummed that I would not be going to a NASA space center; however, virtual NCAS was way better than I ever could have imagined! … I was able to listen to speakers from multiple space centers, something that would not have been possible if I was not a part of virtual NCAS… I never would have imagined the impact that it would have on my life.”, one student said.
NCAS’s exceptional work across the agency led to significant contributions to the Agency's goal of building a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging students in authentic learning experiences with NASA people, content, and facilities.
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