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Local students accepted into Washington Aerospace Scholars program
For the Reporter
Kent's Delaney Ralph, a student at Auburn Mountainview High School, will be participating in one of the four Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) summer residency sessions in June and July at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
WAS is a competitive educational program for high school juniors from throughout the state.
Joining Ralph will be Kent's Douglas Smith (Internet Academy) and Covington's Navid Azodi (Kentwood High).
The scholars are among the 160 students who qualified for the program from 283 students who applied in November. To qualify, students spend five months studying a University of Washington and NASA-designed, distance-learning curriculum via the Internet. They were selected based on their academic performance.
Through a special partnership with the University of Washington, WAS students also were able to register and earn five UW credits in space and space travel – ESS 102, a course that satisfies the natural world area of knowledge requirement for graduation from the university.
During the residency experience, students will collaborate on the design of a human mission to Mars. WAS scholars are guided by professional engineers, scientists, university students and certified educators as they plan the missions.
The WAS program is designed to inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But students are divided into teams, which also require them to learn about mission management, budgets, the legal aspects of space exploration and medicine.
In addition to the design of the mission to Mars, WAS scholars will participate in a number of hands-on engineering challenges. These challenges included design, construction and deployment of robotic rovers, model rockets, lander devices and payload lofting systems.