Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First-ever Idaho Science & Aerospace Summer Academy Kicks Off Next Week

The first-ever Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Summer Academy kicks off next week, giving 44 Idaho high school juniors the unprecedented opportunity to see the relevance of science, technology, engineering and math while working side by side with scientists and engineers from NASA and Idaho. 

The Summer Academy is the culmination of the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Program, which challenges Idaho high school juniors to take an engaging online course, developed by NASA and offered by Idaho Digital Learning Academy, during the school year and then to compete to attend the residential Summer Academy.

The Summer Academy will be held August 1-7 at Boise State University, Micron Technology, the Discovery Center of Idaho, and the NASA Ames Research Center in California.

Throughout the week, participating students will be learning from the best in the industry as they work in teams to construct rovers, robots and rockets, plan missions and understand the material in the context of the real world.

Here are some of the highlights of the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars Summer Academy:

Monday, August 2: Boise State campus
  • 8 a.m.    Alan Ladwig, NASA Deputy Association Administrator for Public Outreach, will address students.
  • 11 a.m.    State Superintendent Tom Luna will speak with students about the importance of STEM education.
  • 1 p.m.    Team presentations on rocketry, model rockets, and lander safety.

Tuesday, August 3 and Wednesday, August 4: Students will travel to NASA Ames Research Center in California. 

Thursday, August 5: Boise State campus and Discovery Center of Idaho
  • 1 p.m. Students will work on team project. (Boise State)
  • 6 p.m. Wendy Lawrence, former astronaut, will speak with students. (Discovery Center of Idaho)

Friday, August 6: Boise State campus
  • 8 a.m. Students will work on team projects.
  • 1 p.m. Students will present their rover demonstrations.
  • 6 p.m. Students will launch rockets on the Boise State Quad.

Thanks to the help of two diligent students, we’ll be live-blogging the entire week of activities right here on the Education Idaho blog.

Check back with us all next week or become a fan of Idaho Science & Aerospace Scholars on Facebook.

~ Melissa M.

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