• Bradon in the Control Lab
  • Reegan in the Control Lab
  • A Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot built and designed at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston,  The Robonaut project has been conducting research in robotics technology on board the International Space Station (ISS) since 2012 (more on R2 in the ISS).  (Source:  https://robonaut.jsc.nasa.gov/R2/)
  • Jason at the Neutral Bouancy Lab
  • Amanda in the Lunar Lab


College Aerospace Scholars at NASA (CAS) is a NASA program targeting two-year colleges in Texas.  In 2014, NASA restructured the program to include two-year colleges from the entire USA renaming the program to National Aerospace Scholars (NCAS).  

Ethan at Langley in Fall 2019

Students apply for acceptance, complete some preliminary work online through a NASA portal, and visit one of the NASA based locations for their 3-day team competition.  SPC has participated in the program since its inception in 2001.

Tiffany in the original Apollo room at NASA  

SPC has at least two former CAS participants who are full time NASA employees.

Jason with Robonaut at NASA

Further opportunities are available after the initial NCAS competition such as internships, scholarships, and CO-OPs.  Several students have accepted internships, scholarships, and/or CO-OPs since SPC initial participation in the program.

CAS 2008 team at NASA's Vacuum Test Chamber in the Space Environment Simulation Laboratory

For more information on NASA's NCAS program, please visit NASA's website at https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem_on_station/ncas_microalgae/ncas/index.html