Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Broward College announced that student, Ayslinn Blue Cline, an astronomy major, has been selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) onsite experience. She will travel to NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia for a four-day, all-expense paid trip from June 24-27, 2018.
To qualify, Cline, 21, a resident of Davie, completed a comprehensive five-week online program and was selected as one of 280 community college students from across the United States.
The NASA NCAS onsite experience offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers and others as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. The experience also includes briefings by NASA subject matter experts, information on how to apply for internships and a tour of NASA’s unique facilities.
While at NASA, Cline will join a team and establish a fictional company interested in Mars exploration. Student teams are responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget, and developing communications and outreach.
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars is an activity funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP), which is committed to engaging underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in authentic learning experiences to sustain a diverse workforce.
With this activity, NASA continues the agency’s tradition engaging the nation in NASA’s mission.
“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.
About Broward College: Serving more than 63,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. Broward College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.