On Saturday, Nov. 17, five students from The National Hispanic University (NHU) participated in activities at Ames Research Center as part of the NASA Lunar Science Institute’s Noche de las Estrellas, an international public science outreach event.
NHU students assisted NASA scientists who made presentations to groups in Mexico highlighting the institute’s work. Prior to the presentations, scientists also set up a digital exploration uplink that allowed students and their families in Mexico to remotely drive a small robotic rover at Ames’ Lunar Terrain Simulation Facility during the event.
“The event on Saturday was a wonderful success and a great start to future collaboration between NHU and NASA’s Lunar Science Institute,” said Cynthia Wambsgans, interim program director for NHU’s mathematics and science department. “Our students were able to observe scientists as they led a simulated mission, engage with learners internationally, explore the lunar simulation facility and understand major concepts in lunar geology.”
NHU students who participated were:
Following the activities, NASA scientists sat down for a personal conversation with the students about their dreams and ambitions, providing invaluable insight and wisdom from their own experiences.
“I really liked the NASA event and the opportunity to work with students from other countries,” said Hiroshima Sanchez. “The engineers who were there helped us understand the fields in which they’re working, their experiences and their jobs. They helped me to understand that’s what I want to do, too.”
Prior to Noche de las Estrellas
, NHU students also had the opportunity to control the robotic rover in order to help prepare them for the presentations and activities.
About The National Hispanic University
For 30 years, The National Hispanic University has provided Hispanic students and others with access to quality higher education. Located in San Jóse, Calif., the university offers a diverse portfolio of online and campus-based undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in business, teacher education, child development and computer science. Students are supported in a multicultural and collaborative learning environment that is based on Familia™ a personalized approach that fosters students’ success through mutual respect and cultura. The National Hispanic University, a member of the Laureate International Universities network, is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). For more information, visit www.NHU.edu.