|Overview | Apprenticeship Experience | Eligibility | NASA's Education Vision | Ames|
Each year the Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) offers a select group of approximately 200 high school students the opportunity to participate in an intensive science and engineering apprenticeship program. The students are selected on the basis of having shown the aptitude for and interest in science and engineering careers. The Program operates during the summer months for approximately eight weeks at a participating National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Center or Facility.
As apprentices, the students learn and earn. After participating in an orientation program, the apprentices are assigned to work with a NASA mentor in a specific area of science or technology. During the apprenticeship, students have the opportunity to:
SHARP is specifically designed to attract and increase underrepresented students' participation and success rates in mathematics and science courses, as well as to encourage career paths that help build a pool of underrepresented science and engineering professionals in the workplace.
Talented high school students are encouraged to apply for SHARP with the understanding that:
SHARP Eligibility Requirements:
To become participants, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
NASA's Education Vision is to promote excellence in America's education system by enhancing and expanding scientific and technological competence. NASA's elementary and secondary programs seek to demostrate the application of science, mathematics, and technology to capture students' interests in these fields.
Ames Research Center:
The Ames Research Center specializes in research geared toward creating new knowledge and new technology. Ames is NASA's Center of Excellence in Information Systems technologies, encompassing research in supercomputing, networking, numerical computing softward, artificial intelligence, and human factors to enable bold advances in aeronautics and space. In aeronautics, Ames is the agency lead center in airspace operations systems, including air traffic control and human factors, and the lead cetner for rotorcraft technology. In space activities, Ames is the lead NASA center for understanding the effects of gravity on living things, and is home of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and the Center for Mars Exploration. The study of Earth Systems is supported by Ames' research in atmospheric and ecosystems science. Finally, Ames is the lead center in providing the thermal protection systems that are critical for future access to space and planetary atmospheric entry vehicles.
Ames is home to three national wind tunnel facilities, including the world's largest; several advanced flight simulators; an air traffic control tower simulator; a variety of supercomputers, including some fo the world's fastest; a suite of centrifuges that serve as a national resource; several research rotorcraft; and the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) aircraft.
|Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035|