Langham Creek students participates in NASA Scholars Program
Langham Creek High School senior Aadil Nathani participated in the NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. The experience includes helping create and design a mission to the moon and Mars.
Sept. 19, 2022—Langham Creek High School junior Aadil Nathani participated and excelled in the prestigious NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS), which included helping create and design a mission to the moon and Mars.
Nathani qualified through a competitive selection process where he not only needed an expressed interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), but also nominated by a state legislator. He was among 800 students across Texas selected for the program.
Scholars selected for the program complete a 16-week interactive, online curriculum during the 2021-2022 school year, with NASA distance-learning modules featuring web-based STEM assignments.
The summer experience with NASA included scholars working virtually in teams, briefings and interaction with NASA experts, virtual tours of facilities at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and applying their newfound knowledge working as a team to plan and design a mission to the moon and Mars.
“The course was designed so we had to have each member in our team complete his or her portion of the work before everyone else could move forward with the project,” Nathani said. “This made the program more engaging and exciting as we helped each other out so we could make substantial progress. Through NASA HAS, I learned to respect different people’s ideals as we bounced ideas off each other and worked together. We were able to pull through and put our best foot forward. With this experience, I made friendships I will cherish as I hopefully meet my peers at NASA one day.”
Langham Creek High School senior Aadil Nathani presents during a virtual proposal in the NASA Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. Participants were grouped into teams to help create and design a mission to the moon and Mars and later presented to an audience that included members of the Texas Legislature and Johnson Space Center senior management.
During the virtual closing ceremony, scholars presented their proposals to an audience that included members of the Texas Legislature, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Rotary National Award for Space Achievement, parents and Johnson Space Center senior management. Nathani and his team earned first place with their research and presentation.
“NASA HAS was an invigorating experience. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to spend months learning and applying earth and space science research,” Nathani said. “I learned not only about myself as I collaborated with my peers, but also about NASA's work as I talked with lead engineers and planned out a mission to Mars. From learning about extravehicular activities on the lunar surface to iteratively designing and programming a helmet and glove for spacesuits, I was exposed to the intricacies of the engineering design process.”