The Virginia AeroSpace Business Association (VASBA) is strongly committed to developing the next generation of Aerospace professionals in the Commonwealth. With so many aerospace companies in Virginia, it is paramount that the Commonwealth grow it's own skilled workforce to meet current and future needs. Our approach is to support technicians and engineers that are going to be needed to keep Virginia viable in the future aerospace arena. Competition for high tech aerospace industry growth will be largely dependent upon Virginia's ability to provide the highly skilled technicians and engineers to support that growth. We believe education is a necessary fixture to grow that skilled workforce and in support of that notion, VASBA is supporting a number of colleges and universities.
Those institutions include:
VASBA also supports STEM education to encourage our youth to participate and discover aerospace and the excitement and opportunities it represents. We live in an exciting time for the aerospace industry and the Commonwealth needs to be actively positioning itself for the future. STEM can help develop that excitement and VASBA offers sponsorship opportunities to organizations that promote that excitement for our young people. The future is now, and we need to make sure that Virginia is ready for that future.
Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST)
BLAST will offer dynamic three-day residential summer experiences on the campuses of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia in the summer of 2017. Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm.
The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Old Dominion University (ODU), University of Virginia (UVA), Virginia Tech (VT), and the Commonwealth of Virginia. http://blast.spacegrant.org
Cubes in Space™
idoodledu, inc, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center are offering a free science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, (STEAM)-focused program for students 11-18 years of age. Cubes in Space™ provides students an opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space. Student-designed payload cubes will be launched via sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, in late June 2017 or from a high altitude scientific balloon from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in late August 2017. http://www.cubesinspace.com
Lockheed Martin has launched Generation Beyond, a first of its kind, national educational program to bring the science of space into thousands of homes and classrooms across America. The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program is designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers. https://www.generation-beyond.com
NASA FIRST Robotics
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, nationwide competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way.
For many years, the NASA Robotics Alliance Project has been supporting participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition by providing grants to high school teams as well as sponsoring FIRST regional competitions. Providing support to competitions like FIRST Robotics is one way the NASA Robotics Alliance Project strives to create a human, technical and programmatic resource of robotics capabilities to aid future robotic space exploration missions. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/9-12/features/first-robotics-index.html
Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS)
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, NASA Langley Research Center, The Commonwealth of Virginia and Industry. http://www.VASTS.spacegrant.org
Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS)
The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) program is an interactive on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience for Virginia high school juniors and seniors, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Students selected to participate in the program are immersed in NASA-related research through interaction with scientists, engineers and technologists. The program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and NASA Langley Research Center. http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSS/
Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS)
The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is a program for High School Sophomores focusing on the science, engineering, and technology integral to current missions at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. This dynamic (and FREE) program, designed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), inspires students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. The VSCS program is a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, NASA Wallops Flight Facility, the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. http://vscs.spacegrant.org