Design the next generation of aircraft and spacecraft at the NSLC on Aerospace.

Are you fascinated by air and space? Do you enjoy complex engineering problems? At the NSLC on Aerospace, you will learn about the many careers in aerospace and get hands-on experience with challenging engineering problems.

Learn how engineers design and build state-of-the-art aircraft and spacecraft during behind-the-scenes visits to places like NASA and Lockheed Martin. Then, use your newfound knowledge to design and build your own unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and rocket. By the end of the program, you’ll be inspired to begin your own career in aerospace.

Program Highlights

Full-throttle workshops
Explore aerodynamics, aeronautics, astronautics, satellites, and missiles.

Engineering challenges
Design, build, and launch rockets, balloon cars, and wind turbines alongside your team.

Essential skills training
Learn the fundamentals of soldering, coding, CAD, and propulsion and apply them to your projects.

See where it happens
Behind-the-scenes tours introduce you to the scientists and engineers building today's cutting-edge aircraft.

Exclusive Guest Speakers

While at the NSLC’s summer high school aerospace program, you will meet with and learn from leaders in the aerospace community.

Examples of past guest speakers include:

Secretary Michael B. Donley
U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense

Dr. C.D. Mote
President, National Academy of Engineering

Mr. Barry Green
Assistant Director of Engineering, Operations, NASA Goddard

Mr. Christopher Matty
Subsystem Lead, Project Orion, NASA

Mr. Steven J Riley
Deputy Chief, Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, NASA

Mr. Bill Nott
Mechanical Engineer, Lockheed Martin

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

An important part of the NSLC summer high school aerospace program is seeing the sites around some of our nation’s greatest cities. These trips are designed as both sightseeing tours and exclusive educational trips specifically tailored to the area of aerospace.

These trips may include:

Johns Hopkins University

NASA | Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering | George Washington University School of Engineering | Lockheed Martin | Dulles International Airport | Udvar-Hazy Center | Capitol Hill & Smithsonian Museums | Historic D.C. Monuments at Night

Leadership Training

At the heart of each of our youth leadership programs is a curriculum designed to build concrete leadership skills that will help you succeed. Interactive lectures and small-group workshops will give you an opportunity to build upon your strengths and minimize your weaknesses.

Leadership topics tailored to the Aerospace program include:

  • Personality Styles and Group Dynamics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Negotiation
  • Public Speaking
  • Intrapersonal Communication

College Credit Option

American University (AU) and NSLC have a unique partnership that enables you to earn college credit by enrolling in a supplemental online course designed to correlate with your NSLC program’s area of study. By enrolling in this credit course, you will enjoy a stimulating, innovative, and personalized college-level learning experience that builds on your NSLC accomplishments. The course is for one credit and is taught in a self-paced, asynchronous format across six weeks, allowing ample time to complete assignments. The course is designed to work within the framework of NSLC; students are not expected to complete coursework while on campus. Students may register for college credit via their personal student portal (myNSLC) once they have enrolled in an NSLC session.

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Program tuition includes housing, all on-campus meals, course materials, academic expenses, and activities. Tuition also includes chartered, air-conditioned motor coaches for off-campus briefings and tours. Note: Students are responsible for the cost of travel to and from the program as well as individual spending money for souvenirs, laundry, and a few off-campus meals during fields trips and tours.

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