Americas High School senior Gustavo Ramirez participated in the prestigious 2019 Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program at the Johnson Space Center in Houston this summer.
“Since I was a little kid I wanted to work with NASA and later realized I’d like to be an engineer because of my love for math and science,” Ramirez said.
The weeklong program is geared toward dedicated students with an interest in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science.
Selected students are invited to NASA for a residential summer experience of team projects and briefings directed by NASA engineers and scientists, hands-on design challenges and engineering activities to plan a mission to Mars, and tours of NASA facilities.
During his time in the program, Ramirez said he had to wake up early to work on four to five individual projects and a main project with his team and mentor.
“I met a lot of amazing individuals in the program, including my mentor and engineer Paul Hamilton,” said Ramirez.
He and his teammates did research, papers and presentations focused on a mission to Mars, which studies the possibilities of building settlements on the planet by creating replicas of its’ habitats and observing whether they could sustain life, he said.
“It gave us a real idea of what it’s like to work for NASA,” said Ramirez, who’d like to major in aerospace engineering. “The whole experience fully established my passion and what it takes to work there.”
Ramirez is thankful to his engineering teacher German Carrillo, for recommending him for the program, and his other teachers who’ve known his passion and have continuously pushed him toward achieving his goals
“It was really amazing,” said Ramirez. “One of the best weeks of my life.”
Students interested in the program must be Texas high school juniors, U.S. citizens, committed to a one-year relationship with NASA, and must have access to the internet.
All applicants must turn in an admission essay, a letter of recommendation from an educator and submit the contact information of their guidance counselor with their application.
Visit the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program web page to learn more.