2014-2015 School Year
Local Students Participating in Phase One of the
Washington Aerospace Scholars Program at The Museum
Washington Aerospace Scholars Program provides opportunities for high school students interested in
science, technology,engineering, and math.
(SEATTLE, February 23, 2015)
Now in its ninth year, the Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program is pleased to announce that the following
student(s) from the Bainbridge Island School District are participating in Phase One of the 2014-15 program cycle.
Samuel Alpaugh - Bainbridge Island High School
Katherine Merifield - Bainbridge Island High School
WAS is designed to connect high school juniors with educational and career opportunities in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics through independent learning, hands-on interaction, professional guidance, and
The students listed above applied in fall of 2014, along with 212 student applicants from 112 different public, private,
and homeschool organizations, to participate in Phase One of the WAS Program. They are now among the 156 students
still participating in an online, distance learning curriculum. Designed by NASA and the University of Washington, the
curriculum focuses on the past, present, and future of human space travel. Participating students were able to
register to earn five UW credits.
The top performing 120 students will be invited to one of three Summer Residency sessions hosted by the
Museum of Flight in July, Phase Two of the WAS program. In each summer session, four student teams cooperate
to plan a human mission to Mars with support from professional engineers/scientists, university students, and
certificated educators. Additionally, participants receive briefings from aerospace professionals, tour engineering
facilities, and compete in hands-on engineering challenges.
These students have committed to leading the way to Mars.
Who will be next?
Student and teacher applications for the 2015-16 program year will be available
September 2015 at www.museumofflight.org/was. Participants must be high school juniors,
United States citizens and Washington State residents
Team Spartronics Open House
Team Spartronics is hosting a community Open House on February 25th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at BHS. Families, students, and community members are invited to come meet the team, learn about the design and engineering process, and see what they are building for competition season. Check out the team website at: http://spartronics4915.com/
6 Engineering Scholarships to Apply for Now
Students entering college often don’t exhaust their full range of possibilities when it comes to
scholarships. The fact is, a lot exists outside of your high school, community, or chosen
secondary institution; it just takes a little bit of investigating to find money for which you’re
eligible. It can be especially fruitful to investigate your specific concentration—a lot of
institutions are eager to promote their own field to young candidates and offer money to
those who show enthusiasm for it.
If you are pursuing engineering here is a link to information about six potential scholarships.
Source: STEM Jobs Magazine
New! Future Footprint Speaker Sessions
Where will you leave your mark...?
Future Footprint is a new speaker series that is designed to help students explore potential STEM careers.
The sessions will occur once a month on an early release Monday and include invited speakers,
an interactive vibe where questions are encouraged, and sweets to eat!
The theme for January is Computer Science. The session details are:
Monday, January 26th
1:45 - 2:45 PM
BHS, Room 115
All students interested in learning more about careers in computer science are invited to attend.
Come hear from entrepreneurs that have built businesses driven by computer science, and an expert in Google Cloud.
This is a community-based lab that is staffed by volunteer scientists dedicated to creating "citizen scientists". The
concept revolves around giving people inexpensive access to cutting edge research tools in the biomedical sciences.
This is an amazing opportunity for students to explore a passion, meet professional scientists, and contribute to the
scientific body of knowledge. Each class usually has a small fee for materials and you may need to have a parent
present the first time due to permission for minors to use equipment. Then you are set to learn!
Click on the link below to see more information about upcoming classes.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarships
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing
eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages
recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.
For more information including deadlines and eligibility criteria visit:
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Scholarships
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium annually offers scholarships to incoming freshmen planning to study science, technology, engineering or mathematics at the University of Washington.
These competitive scholarships are open to accomplished high school seniors, Running Start students,
Applications for the 2015 scholarships are now open. More information can be found at:
Washington Aerospace Scholars
Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an outstanding opportunity for high school juniors to explore science, technology, engineering (STEM) and math within the realm of aerospace. We have 1,170 alumni spread throughout the top universities in the nation. Additionally, two classes of WAS alumni have graduated college and entered the STEM workforce. We are excited to continue tracking their progress as they mold the future of STEM.
Student participation in WAS is limited to students who are high school juniors who are at least 16 years of age, U.S. citizens, and residents of Washington state. Students should have an interest in and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and/or math and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students with a GPA below a 3.0 can apply for admission on a conditional basis, and will be upgraded to full status once adequate academic progress is shown. Participants must also be able to access the internet (at home, school, or a public library).
Phase One of the Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) program consists of an online curriculum. Students who perform well on Phase One will have an opportunity to participate in Phase Two, a six-day summer residency hosted by The Museum of Flight in Seattle. At the Summer Residency, participants will work with professional engineers on the design of a human mission to Mars. Summer residency participants will also receive briefings from experts, tour engineering facilities, and compete in a variety of hands on engineering challenges.Student applications will be available mid-September 2014 for the 2014-15 session of WAS atmuseumofflight.org/WAS. Stay tuned for more information in September.