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Colonial Beach High School junior Inesha Thompson has been selected to participate in the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program.
Thompson was selected by a panel based on her outstanding academic record, essay composition and letter of recommendation. The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience that includes 10 lesson modules with reading and research assignments, quizzes, simulations, discussion forums, case studies and a final project.
Upon successful completion of the online program, Thompson will receive two college credits in Introduction to Aerospace Engineering Technology and be eligible to compete for the opportunity to attend the seven-day residential Summer Academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. If selected, Thompson will receive an all-expenses paid week working collaboratively with other scholars to design a feasible manned aerospace mission to Mars. At the end of the week at NASA Langley Research Center, they present details of their mission to NASA scientists, engineers and technologists in addition to aerospace industry representatives during a Mission Design Review Panel and then to NASA administrators, state legislators, parents, and other VIPs at the closing ceremony. Scholars also learn to design, configure, build and program robotic rovers and participate in field testing their inventions. Scholars will tour different facilities and labs that are typically not accessible to the public to view projects and technologies that currently support space exploration programs. Scholars have the opportunity to observe a vast array of careers in the areas of math, science, engineering, and technology. They will also undertake a number of hands-on experiential activities and receive seminar presentations by state legislators, NASA scientists, engineers, technologists, and astronauts and aerospace industry representatives.
Both Thompson’s chemistry and AP calculus instructors commented on her acceptance.
“Inesha is an extremely bright young woman with a dedication and determination that matches her amazing intellect,” CBHS chemistry instructor Jennifer Grigsby said. “The VASTS program is extremely selective and highly competitive; her accomplishment of selection is truly a credit to her work ethic and incredible ability. I am so proud of Inesha’s accomplishment of being included in this prestigious program.”
Danny McNamara, Thompson’s AP Calculus teacher, said “Inesha is an extremely intelligent young lady, who grasps difficult math concepts easily and quickly. This will be an amazing experience for her. I am very proud of Inesha and this wonderful accomplishment.”
Thompson is the daughter of Ronitrita Thornton of Colonial Beach.