Kids to study with NASA experts this summer

Nearly 90 students from across Idaho will spend their summer planning a mission to Mars.

As part of the fourth annual Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program Summer Academy, students will spend a week of the summer in Boise and at the NASA Ames Research Center in California studying space exploration with NASA officials and Idaho experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program is an unprecedented opportunity for Idaho’s high school students to work side-by-side with experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics from within our state and at NASA,” State Superintendent Tom Luna said. “As we work to provide equal access and opportunities to all Idaho students, no matter where they live, this program is a great example of how education and industry can partner to create better opportunities for all students.”

The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program (ISAS) began in 2009 after Luna and Barbara Morgan, astronaut and Boise State Distinguished Educator-in-Residence, worked together to create this competitive program that exists in only three other states. Through this program, high school juniors can take an online course developed by NASA and Idaho Digital Learning Academy during the school year and then compete for the opportunity to attend the Summer Academy, where they work on developing a mission to Mars.

“Boise State University is delighted to be collaborating in this outstanding program,” Morgan said. “ISAS engages our next generation in the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program is a partner with the NASA Aerospace Scholars Program and supported by a NASA grant.

In the first year, 44 students attended the Summer Academy. This year, 88 students will be able to participate in the Summer Academy, which will be held twice this summer. Forty-four students will attend the first Summer Academy July 7-13 and an additional 44 students will attend the second Summer Academy July 21- 27.

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The Summer Academies will take place partly at Boise State University, Micron Technology and the Discovery Center of Idaho, and partly at the NASA Ames Research Center in California.

At the Summer Academy, students are immersed in a simulated NASA mission to Mars, problem-based engineering design challenges, and science explorations.  These Idaho students will be guided by STEM experts, teachers and student teachers.

To keep up with the Summer Academies throughout both weeks, visit the Education Idaho blog for live updates.

To learn more about the Idaho Science and Aerospace Program or how you can apply to participate next year, click here.

 

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