CYPRESS — Awarded a new NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) grant, Lone Star College-CyFair will partner with NASA for a series of NASA-themed STEM activities to be held on the campus in 2021.
Chosen as one of 11 minority-serving institutions in the nation, LSC-CyFair will use the $25,000 grant to create a program incorporating the evidence-based NCAS model on campus in an effort to draw more diverse scholars into the science, technology, engineering and math fields.
In past years, LSC-CyFair has had several students chosen to participate in the NCAS program, in which students complete a 5-week online course followed with a four-day team project at NASA sites across the nation.
“The NCAS grant is new and aims to hold the team project portion and other activities on the college campus instead, benefitting more students,” said Dr. Yiheng Wang, LSC-CyFair professor of engineering, who will work with professor Jared Cammon in this NASA partnership. “It’s really a good opportunity to strengthen our college’s connection with NASA. And being so close to the Johnson Space Center, we plan to work on getting other benefits for our students too, including NASA speaker events and site visits.”
The NCAS program provides connections for students with NASA-affiliated labs, museums, industry partners and NASA internships. Freshman and sophomore students completing the scholars program receive a hands-on, collaborative engineering experience with NASA content and relationships with experts in the STEM field early in their college careers.
While campus project details are being discussed, student recruitment for this program is planned to begin next spring 2021 with activities set to roll out in fall 2021.
For more information about the NCAS NASA on Campus, go to go.nasa.gov/ncas. For information on LSC-CyFair programs, go to LoneStar.edu/cyfair.
Helping more than 22,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the 5th comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just three miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.
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