Cal State L.A. recently hosted more than 20 high-achieving teens from the
This was the first time that the
The 8-week JPL internship program is designed to introduce young students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and strives to provide them with enhanced research skills.
Conducting literature research
In June, the group of top-performing students was presented basic tips on using critical thinking when conducting literature research by
"They were taught to evaluate variety of sources in order to access relevant information and guided on how to find credible information by using different subject specific databases," said Chaudhuri.
During their Cal State L.A. visit, the high schoolers were also able to tour the campus and to experience a college atmosphere.
Honoring students' presentation
With specifically-assigned projects, the student interns were all able to work in a technical environment and expand their computer skills under the guidance of
This year, JPL recognized two students with The Sister Clarice Lolich Outstanding Student Presentation Award 2014 for their final presentation titled "Mission Visualizations Using Cosmographia."
To conclude the SpaceSHIP program, the student interns, their parents, and mentors were invited to a luncheon at
Program participants and guests also listened to round-robin presentations on the students' final projects, which ranged from developing procedures for software testing to updating models for a future spacecraft's flight path.
"The partnership proved to be a wonderful opportunity for all involved," said Kawakami. "It was great to hear the students' enthusiasm in describing their work and feel the pride of their parents and mentors. We look forward to collaborating with JPL in the future in preparing and exposing students early on to careers in STEM."
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