Waltrip High School has been selected as the nation’s ONLY Mission Control Academy with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, CSA
Waltrip High School's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) magnet program has been afforded the unique opportunity to serve as the Mission Control Academy for the United States. Waltrip will be the only US school to participate in this program. We are proud to be selected to represent high schools in the country.
The program provides training and materials for the students to explore how robotic rover missions happen on the Moon or Mars. The seven-day exercise culminates in the student-led teams controlling a rover remotely. The rover will be in the Canadian Space Agency's "Mars Yard" in Quebec, which contains terrain similar to that found on Mars, on Friday October 18.
Mission Control personnel from both the Canadian Space Center (CSC), NASA, and Texas A&M will visit classes to act as instructors during the seven-day project.
Waltrip was selected due to its Geographic Information Systems (GIS) magnet program and its partnership with Texas A&M University researchers. The Canadian company selects schools for two-week science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and training programs led by experts from the space industry, NASA and research universities. The culmination of the program is the remote rover exercise.
Almost two dozen students in Waltrip’s GIS magnet program are participating in the academy training and the rover exercise.