Del Valle Early College High School 11th-grade student Juan Monsivais Pena aspires to work for NASA in the future, and this school year will provide him with experience to help him fulfill that dream. Juan was selected for NASA’s Online High School Aerospace Scholar program, putting him in a prestigious Texas high school student group.

Through the 2020-2021 school year, each selected student participates in online activities, including interactive lessons on space exploration, science, math and aeronautics, design challenges, and virtual chats with NASA engineers and scientists.

“NASA wants today’s students to become the engineers, scientists, researchers and innovators of tomorrow,” said DVHS counselor Tina Hughes, “High School Aerospace Scholars offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Texas high school students to explore the possibilities of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related major or career.”

Beyond high school, Juan would like to focus on Biology in college and has his sights on sharing his biology and medical sciences skills with NASA in his future. He already has a head start on college, working toward an Associate in Arts degree during his time at ECHS.

During the summer, the highest achieving students from the online portion receive invitations to a virtual experience with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Participants are eligible for some elective credit, in addition to scholarship and internship opportunities.

School photo of Juan Monsivais Pena