SAISD student seeks to become one of the Hidden Figures of the contemporary space world

Triniti Armstrong

Triniti Armstrong, a student at St. Philip’s Early College High School in SAISD, has been selected by NASA to participate in an onsite experience at the Johnson Space Center in Houston this summer. The one-week summer program is part of the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) program.

Select participants in the program participate in team projects and briefings directed by NASA engineers and scientists in order to complete a hands-on design challenge and other engineering activities. The end goal is to plan a simulated mission to Mars. Participants also receive tours of NASA facilities. 

During the 2016-17 school year, Triniti had been participating in the program’s preliminary distance-learning phase, which ran from November through February. As she trained for a mission online, she also was competing for the onsite summer experience along with more than 800 other students in the state. Her high scores at the end of the preliminary phase qualified her for the expenses-paid trip to Houston. She is one of only 308 students in Texas to move forward to the next phase.

Triniti’s experience in the program to-date has prepared her for the summer challenge. She has completed STEM modules and has learned about 3-D imaging and basic JavaScript programming. Triniti also has researched possible habitable zones on Mars, the possibility of life on other planets, and designed airplanes, space ships and satellites.

“We are one of many teams planning a simulated mission to Mars using the NASA techniques and information we used so far,” Trinti says. 

Although Triniti and her team members may not become as famous as the real-life Hidden Figures of NASA research legend, she says they are working just as hard to earn respect in the world of space research.