Washington Aerospace Scholars
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an educational program for high school juniors from across Washington State. The WAS program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields.
One of the most exciting educational opportunities for students in the State of Washington
- Governor Christine O. Gregoire
This program really changed my views on math and science. Before coming here for the week, I did not really care about math and science, and I thought it was a pointless class to take because we would never use this in the future. By being a part of this program, I have come to realize that math and science are vitally important.
- Ali E. – Thomas Jefferson High School
I would absolutely recommend WAS to other students. WAS is a fun, interesting program filled with activities all designed to help you learn more about space and the engineering world in general. From this residency experience, I’ve learned the tough work engineers go through every day and the whole reason behind it: seeing something you’ve designed or helped build actually work! There’s nothing else more fulfilling.
-Jayden G. – Monroe High School
What is Washington Aerospace Scholars?
The program is divided into two components – the online curriculum and the Summer Residency.
Students will have the option to register (for a fee) to earn five University of Washington credits in Space and Space Travel -ESS 102 based on their successful completion of the WAS online curriculum. This course will satisfy the Natural World area of knowledge requirement for graduation from the University of Washington.
Who can participate?
Students from every legislative district across Washington State compete to take part in this exciting program. Participants must be:
What will the students do?
Phase One, distance learning with a NASA and UW-designed curriculum, is completed via the internet. Phase One consists of ten bi-weekly lessons and a final project. Each lesson has tasks, collectively called a “mission” that include a reading quiz, a space related math problem, and a 500-word essay (some of which require students to create graphics), and virtual lab activities; because this is a 102 level college course, it is estimated that each lesson will take 12-15 hours to complete over each two-week period.
During Phase One, students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based activities including:
Phase Two is a six-day residential summer experience at The Museum of Flight where select students will be guided by mentors and classroom teachers. Activities will include:
How do students and teachers apply for the Washington Aerospace Scholars program?
The 2013-14 student and teacher applications will be available to complete online on August 19, 2013.
Teacher applications are due November 1 and student applications are due November 8.
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How are students supported during the program?
Certified Washington teachers serve as Online Academic Evaluators during the distance learning portion and Academic Facilitators during the residential summer experience. In Fall 2013, WAS will seek math and science teachers to evaluate online coursework for up to 20 high school juniors in preparation for their participation in a six-day summer residency at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. During the Summer Residency, selected teachers are invited to the Summer Residency session to guide a team of ten scholars, supporting their work and providing supervision (responsibilities include lodging with the students at a local hotel; single rooms are provided for teachers). Participating teachers will receive stipends of $800 for their participation and are eligible for 60 clock hours. Lodging, meals, and travel expenses are also provided by the WAS Foundation.
Eligible teachers must be U.S. citizens and practicing, Washington State certified, teachers of science, math, technology or related subjects.
The ideal candidates are teachers with experience teaching high school mathematics, science or technology-related courses. Experience with chaperoning student trips or camps is beneficial but not required. Continuous access to, and a working knowledge of, the internet and e-mail are essential.
Mentors & Assistant Mentors
During the summer residencies students are mentored by scientists and aerospace engineers, who are, in turn, assisted by university students.
We will be accepting applications in Spring 2014 from engineering / science professionals and university students interested in volunteering their time to mentor the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals. These volunteers will support the scholars as they design a human mission to Mars. One Mentor and one Assistant Mentor will work with a team of ten scholars for one week. The time commitment is approximately 20 hours (8am-12pm, Monday-Friday), plus attendance at a closing luncheon banquet on Friday from 12-2pm. Volunteers are encouraged to attend other summer residency activities as their schedules permit.
Mentor Application Deadline: Spring 2014.
The Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation would like to acknowledge that the 2012-13 WAS Program was made possible with support from the following:
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Melissa Edwards - Director
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