The Wallops Flight Facility is welcoming back the Virginia Space Coast Scholars this summer for a week of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities.

The Virginia Space Coast Scholars are a group of high school students from all over Virginia who have been selected for a weeklong residential summer STEM academy.

“These students completed a rigorous five-month online course during the school year.  One hundred and twenty top performing scholars were invited to attend a one-week residential summer academy at Wallops,” said Kristen Manning, the program coordinator for the Virginia Space Coast Scholars program.

The program is a collaboration between NASA and the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“They are doing engineering design challenges,” said Linda Sherman, the directorate education coordinator at Wallops Flight Facility. “They will work with programming offices and create a fictitious mission to explore a science objective and present the mission to NASA employees.”

The Virginia Space Coast Scholars seek to prepare their students for futures in STEM by giving them experience early.

“There’s a lot of confidence built,” said Sherman. “We show them all the things that can be done, and we hope that down the road they’re going to come in with their own innovations and ideas.”