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Virginia Earth System Science Scholars Course

posted Jul 27, 2017, 7:27 AM by Terri Morrison
As part of a new Virginia Earth System Science Scholars program, Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) and its partners are offering an exciting, free, online Environmental and Earth System Science Course. This course engages students in real world investigations of the Earth and its highly dynamic systems through the use of the latest NASA research and data. Students will explore all science disciplines while cultivating 21st Century Learning Skills such as critical thinking, data analysis, and inquiry-based problem solving. Tuition for the course is underwritten by the VSGC.

Successful completion of the course will allow students to earn three college credits from Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) Geology credit.

Residential NASA Summer Academy: Scholars selected for the Summer Academy spend seven days with science, engineering, and technology mentors as well as Master Educators at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton. Working in project teams, with guidance from their mentors, Scholars will integrate Earth System Science content as it applies to real world applications. Successful completion of the Summer Academy will allow students to earn one college credit from TNCC in Geology 195, Earth System Science Lab.

Dual Enrollment Credit: Earth System Science Themes: 
  • Impacts of Climate Variability
  • Hurricanes
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Sea-level Change
  • Biodiversity
  • Global Pollution
Eligibility: 
  • Virginia High School Junior or Senior
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Access to the internet (home, school, public library)

How to Apply: For more information, please visit vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS or contact VSGC Education Specialist Joyce Corriere at jcorrier@odu.edu or joyce.h.corriere@nasa.gov

Application opens August 2017
Application deadline: November 2017
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