Mon, Mar 29, 2010
Pilot Program For High School Juniors To Participate In NASA
NASA has partnered with the Idaho State Department of
Education to implement the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars
Program, replicated after Texas High School Aerospace Scholars.
This will be its pilot year.
"The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program is a
significant educational opportunity for Idaho students," said State
Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Luna. "I applaud NASA for
creating this program and for allowing Idaho to replicate it. The
program will reinforce the lessons students are learning in the
classroom and demonstrate the relevance of science, technology,
engineering and math skills in the 21st century."
Last spring, former astronaut and educator Barbara Morgan asked
NASA to present the opportunity to Idaho state, community and
education leaders. Idaho State Department of Education stepped
forward to lead the endeavor. Idaho is the third state to partner
with NASA. Washington and Virginia also have partnered with NASA
and applied the program for their students interested in science,
technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related fields.
The program will allow Idaho high school juniors to engage in an
online course developed by NASA that focuses on STEM. Students will
compete for a chance to participate in a weeklong summer activity
to develop a mission to Mars along with Idaho scientists and
Seventy-three students are enrolled in the online course and 44
will participate in the summer activity at Boise State University
and NASA Ames Research Center in California.
"NASA is excited to unite with our friends in Idaho and support
efforts to provide a proven STEM opportunity," said Linda Smith,
NASA Aerospace Scholars Program manager.
Texas High School Aerospace Scholars started in 1999 and was
created through a partnership with the state of Texas and Johnson
Space Center and last year celebrated its 10th anniversary. With
this program, NASA continues the agency's tradition of investing in
the nation's educational programs. It is directly tied to the
agency's major education goal of attracting and retaining students
in STEM disciplines critical to NASA's future missions.
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