Mentors work closely with counselors to guide teams to develop a mission to Mars. The goal of the mentoring activity is to encourage the scholars to study topics leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (S.T.E.M.). Giving students an in-depth view of what S.T.E.M. careers can be, the mentors’ personal experiences help ignite student passions about the possibilities ahead of them.

The onsite summer experience begins on Sunday afternoon and ends with a closing event on Friday. During the week, mentors will facilitate a team project (approximately 4 hours each day) and are encouraged to attend other evening activities with their teams during the week as their schedules permit. Mentors will work closely with counselors to help students research and develop a mission to Mars.

Mentor Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate student research on a mission design concept focused on a mission to Mars
  • Participate in the summer onsite experience during team project time and presentation periods and other events as schedules permit
  • Assist in evaluating team performance, group projects, and the experience as a whole
  • Work in partnership with counselors to help to facilitate these projects
  • Attend one hour orientation session provided by NASA Education Specialists
  • Should be JSC-badged (civil servant or contractor)