Students from Kentlake, Kentwood participating in phase one of the Washington Aerospace Scholars program at The Museum of Flight

Samuel Hubbard from Kentlake High School and Abriel Rodriguez from Kentwood High School are participating in the eighth year of the Washington Aerospace Scholars program.

The program is hosted at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, and is a competitive science, technology, engineering and mathematics education program for high school juniors from across Washington state and is an affiliate of NASA Johnson Space Center’s National High School Aerospace Scholars program.

A partnership with the University of Washington also gives WAS Phase One participants the option to receive five University of Washington credits in Space and Space Travel for their successful completion of the online Phase One curriculum. These credits satisfy the Natural World area of knowledge requirement for graduation from the University of Washington.

Hubbard and Rodriguez applied in fall of 2013, along with 308 student applicants from 112 different public, private and home-school organizations, to participate in Phase One of WAS. They are now among the 214 students still participating and have already completed seven online lessons. They will spend the next two months continuing to compete for one of the 160 slots available in a Summer Residency session held at The Museum of Flight this June and July. To qualify for the Summer Residency, students must satisfactorily complete ten online lessons, consisting of research essays, space-related math problems, and detailed graphics that illustrate their ideas. THe students that move on to the summer residency experience, they will collaborate with other student participants on the design of a human mission to Mars guided by professional engineers, scientists, university students and certified educators.


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