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Rocklin, Calif.- ย– Brennen Proffit of Sierra College in Rocklin has been selected to travel to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville November 3-5, 2010, to participate in a three-day on-site event.

 He has been selected as one of 89 community and junior college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Students completed four Web-based assignments during the school year, maintaining a 93 average to qualify for the experience. They will apply what they have learned during the year to work with NASA engineers.

 The program is a three-day on-site event at Marshall and offers students from across the nation the opportunity to interact with each other as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at Marshall, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company is responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure including budget, communications, and presentations.

 The on-site experience at Marshall includes a tour of facilities and briefings by noted NASA employees.

 National Community College Aerospace Scholars is a program based on Texas Aerospace Scholars, originally created by the state of Texas in partnership with NASA and the Texas educational community. Both programs are designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering and ultimately join the nation’s highly technical workforce. 

With this program, NASA continues the agency’s investment in educational programs that attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions.

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