The Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) Sophomore program is a two-part program in which students complete two lessons online focused on the science of space and the history of robotic space travel to qualify to participate in a 3-day (non-residential) summer experience that will occur between mid-June to mid-August. Sophomores who successfully complete the WAS Sophomore program are given automatic admission into the WAS Junior program and transfer their assignment scores into the full junior program.
There is no cost to participate in the WAS Sophomore program.
Phase One: Online Learning
The WAS curriculum was developed in partnership with NASA and the University of Washington and focuses on the history of NASA, the space environment, and potential opportunities for both robotic and human exploration of the solar system. Each lesson includes several assignments:
During the month of March, students will access the curriculum via a web-portal maintained by The Museum of Flight.
Phase Two: Summer Experience
In April, students who successfully complete the online course will be invited to participate in a free STEM-focused experience held between mid-June to late-July. Locations and dates will be shared before the online course begins in March. During this multi-day experience, students will design a robotic mission to Mars, participate in hands on engineering activities, and hear from speakers currently working in a variety of STEM fields.
This application cannot be saved and therefore needs to be completed in one sitting. It may take up to an hour to complete. To make the completion go smoothly, please have the following information on-hand.
Parent/Guardian's email & phone number.
School principal and academic/guidance counselor's name, email & phone number (the principal's name and email is for reference only, WAS will be contacting your counselor to confirm your current grade level).
Response to three prompts (max 750 words, added directly to a text box).
Applications Due By 11:59pm, Friday, February 14, 2020