Nine juniors from the Issaquah School District have been named Washington Aerospace Scholars and will now study an online NASA-designed curriculum to learn the history of space exploration. The primary goal of the program is to excite and prepare students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Over the next five months, the Washington Aerospace Scholars will undertake 10 online lessons, including research essays, space-related math problems, and detailed graphics that illustrate their ideas. Those who successfully complete the work will be eligible for five University of Washington credits in Space and Space Travel and will be qualified to participate in a six-day summer residency program at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. During the summer residency, students will be guided by professional engineers, scientists, university students and certified educators as they design a human mission to Mars. They will also take tours of engineering facilities and laboratories, complete team engineering challenges, and meet leaders in science/math/engineering fields.
Issaquah School District’s Aerospace Scholars are:
- Amanda Chalfant, Issaquah High School
- Amber Dannis, Issaquah High School
- Zachary Freedel, Skyline High School
- Parker Hamilton, Issaquah High School
- Priyanka Kompella, Issaquah High School
- Kevin Liu, Skyline High School
- Jeremy Stroming, Liberty High School
- Grant Vaska, Issaquah High School
- Austin Weinstein, Issaquah High School
Washington Aerospace Scholars applications for the 2013-2014 program cycle will be available late summer 2013 at www.museumofflight.org/was. WAS participants must be high school juniors, United States citizens and Washington State residents with a 3.0 minimum grade-point-average.