Rising senior Lauren T. completed an online university-level course this year, and is off to a summer program sponsored by NASA to continue her learning experience.
The class is called VESSS (Virginia Earth Systems Science Scholars), and it’s mainly focused on earth systems science. Their summer academy is a week long residential camp with NASA, and Lauren will be staying in the dorms at CNU while commuting to NASA for a more hands-on experience with systems science engineers and scientists. There, she will be studying the earth’s spheres: the biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere, and how they relate to climate change and other global issues (sea level rising, warming of the oceans, glacial melting, air pollution, etc.).
Lauren chose to take the online course during the school year, and received college credit for it as well. Here's what she had to say about her experience: "I am still looking for what I’m interested in for college, but I definitely know I want to do something STEM related, and this course was a great experience for me to learn something that wasn’t offered at our school. The workload was manageable on top of honors, dual enrollment, and AP classes, as well as SAT and ACT preparation, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested to find out more about STEM."
As a student ambassador for this program, she is available to answer questions for anyone interested in learning more.