We are very excited to be launching a Sophomore level of the Washington Aerospace Scholars program! Program participants must be currently high school Sophomores and residents of Washington State. There is no cost to participate in the Sophomore version of the program.
In addition to being exposed to university level curriculum and content, participants will also have opportunities to interact with professionals working in STEM fields, tour facilities that are not open to the general public, and work with other highly engaged and motivated students.
Phase One: Distance Learning curriculum
The SWAS distance learning curriculum was developed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington and focuses on the history of NASA and the space environment around the Earth, including its control by solar activity and the potential opportunities for human exploration of the solar system. Each lesson includes several assessment tasks, collectively called a mission:
Research Essay (alternate lessons include graphics)
Online Lab or Forum
During the month of March, students will access the distance learning curriculum via a web-portal maintained by SWAS. Oregon teachers we be evaluating and giving assignment feedback to a group of 10-15 students.
Phase Two: Summer Experience
In May, students who successfully complete the online course will be invited to participate in a free STEM-focused experience held in late-July/early August (locations and dates TBD in March). During this multi-day experience, students will design a robotic mission to Mars under the guidance of professional scientists and engineers.
Applications Due By 11:59pm, Friday, February 24, 2017