STEM Careers with NASA- The Australian Space Agency and National Aeronautics and Space Administration have jointly launched the National Indigenous Space Academy (NISA), an internship program to encourage Indigenous Australian university students to pursue careers in STEM (sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Up to five selected undergraduate or postgraduate students will participate in a 10-week full-time summer internship program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) in California, following an “Space Bootcamp” held in Adelaide that covers various fields such as robotics, astrophysics, engineering and computer sciences.
Throughout the program, students will be paired with a NASA JPL scientist or engineer mentor and work on projects that support NASA JPL missions, with an emphasis on robotics, artificial intelligence, and path planning. NISA, administered by Monash University and open to Indigenous students from all Australian universities, aims to create a pathway for these young people to join NASA JPL projects and pursue careers in STEM fields.
Quotes attributed to Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic demonstrate the Australian government’s dedication to creating opportunities for all young people to pursue careers in STEM fields, while Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney stressed the significance of providing First Nations STEM students with pathways into science and technology fields.
Enrico Palermo, Head of Australia’s Space Agency, highlighted Indigenous Australians’ significance to astronomy and space exploration while NASA Administrator Bill Nelson noted how NISA partnership shows Indigenous Australian students as well as students worldwide can play an essential role in human space exploration.
In conclusion, the National Indigenous Space Academy is an exciting new internship program aimed at supporting Indigenous Australian students in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The program is supported by the Australian Space Agency (ASA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and will provide up to five undergraduate or postgraduate students with the opportunity to participate in a 10-week full-time summer internship program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
NISA will create a pathway for Indigenous students to participate in NASA JPL projects, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and path planning, and help them develop knowledge and skills that will open up a new world of career opportunities. The program will be open to eligible Indigenous students from all Australian universities and will help to erode barriers that limit opportunities and support future explorers to reach their full potential.
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