Washington Aerospace Scholars
Mars or Bust!
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is a two-part program for high school juniors focused on topics related to the history and future exploration of space by NASA and topics in Earth and Space Science. Phase One is a five-month distance learning course designed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington, which provides students the opportunity to earn five college credits. Phase Two is a six-day residency experience based at The Museum of Flight in Seattle in which students plan a human mission to Mars.
By joining WAS you can:
· Earn UW college credit and gain an academic edge
· Work closely with professional engineers, NASA scientists, university students, and educators
· Build confidence, maturity, and independence
· Have fun learning about the universe in which you live and meeting other students with similar interests
· Challenge yourself to design future space missions
“While WAS nurtured and continued to grow my passion for STEM, the largest benefit that I received was the boost in confidence that the program gave me. …WAS has definitely given me an edge among my peers in industry!”
Chelsea Olson 2007 WAS Alumna
Design & Analysis Engineer, The Boeing Company
- Be a US Citizen and Washington state resident
(Students who are not US citizens can apply to participate in Phase One only)
- Be a current junior
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