Aerospace program for high school juniors
Washington Aerospace Scholars is a distance-learning and summer residency program for high school juniors, emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math, that encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
Phase one of the program runs December 2016-May 2017 and consists of a NASA- and UW-designed online curriculum that focuses on space and space travel and provides college credit. This portion is free.
Students can earn acceptance into phase two, a six-day summer residency at the Museum of Flight in June or July 2017. This portion is $975, with tuition assistance available.
During their residency, students will design a human mission to Mars guided by aerospace professionals, tour engineering facilities and compete in hands-on engineering challenges.
Applicants must be both U.S. and Washington state residents. The student deadline for 2016-17 is Nov. 4.
Washington math and science teachers are also invited to apply as online academic evaluators from December to May and summer residency facilitators for one six-day session in either June or July.
Stipends, 60 clock hours, and all room/board and travel expenses are provided to participating teachers. The 2016-17 deadline for teacher applications is Nov. 4.