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Four MIHS Students Complete 5-Month Washington Aerospace Scholars Curriculum

Four MIHS Students Complete 5-Month Washington Aerospace Scholars Curriculum
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(L-R) Alexandra Millman, Elliot Sato, Allison Huang, Dylan Hsu

(L-R): Alexandra Millman, Elliot Sato, Allison Huang, Dylan Hsu 

Mercer Island, WA, May 29, 2024 – Four Mercer Island High School juniors have recently completed the Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) 5-month WAS online curriculum. These four students are:

  • Dylan Hsu
  • Allison Huang
  • Alexandra Millman
  • Elliott Sato

Based on their outstanding participation in the online course, these four were invited to participate in the competitive WAS Summer Residency.  

WAS is designed to connect high school juniors with educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through independent learning, hands-on interaction, professional guidance, and site-based tours. Since 2006, over 2,000 students have successfully completed the program and 65% have since reported being in a STEM career pathway. 

In November 2023 these students began a five-month course consisting of nine NASA and University of Washington designed lessons. While successful completion of the online course curriculum can earn the students five University of Washington credits in Aeronautics & Astronautics; the ultimate prize is securing a spot in the Summer Residency. 

This summer, scholars will be presenting their design for a human mission to Mars. In each session, four student teams will 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. 

Student and teacher applications for the 2024-25 program year will be available starting in Fall of 2024. Be the first to know by filling out an interest form at The online course will begin in November and participants must be high school juniors and residents of Washington state. There is no cost for participation in WAS Phase One! 

WAS is hosting a upcoming Virtual Info Nights on:

• Tuesday, June 11th from 6 - 7PM

Students, families, and teachers are welcome to join the WAS Info night. More information can be found here.

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