Merced College student chosen to participate in aerospace project

Merced College student Edwin Betady will travel to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab this spring to participate in the National Community College Aerospace Scholars project.

Betady was selected as one of 40 community and junior college students from across the nation to participate in the project. The Jet Propulsion Lab is located in Pasadena.

The NCAS project is a semester-long scholars program, culminating in a three-day, on-site event at the Jet Propulsion Lab. The event offers students the opportunity to interact with NASA engineers as they learn more about careers in science and engineering, according to a news release.

While there, students will form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Teams will be responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a 3-D model of their rover and forming company infrastructure with budgets, communications and presentations, the news release says.

During the visit students will get a tour of the facilities and listen to briefings by NASA experts.

The NCAS is a project based on the Texas Aerospace Scholars that was originally created by Texas in partnership with the Johnson Space Center and the Texas education community.

Both of these projects were designed to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering.

For more information about the project, contact the National Community College Aerospace Scholars at (281) 483-4112 or