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Megan Shafer selected WA Aerospace Scholar


November 23, 2017

A few weeks ago, Odessa High School Junior Megan Shafer submitted an application to become one of Washington state's Aerospace Scholars and on November 25, 2017 Megan found out she was selected. Washington Aerospace Scholars is an educational program for high school juniors from across Washington state. The program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math, and encourages students to consider careers in these fields. Thanks to the Washington Aerospace Scholars Foundation, the entire program is offered at no cost to participants; this includes the educational experience, travel, meals and lodging expenses.

The program is divided into two components – the online curriculum and the summer residency.

Phase One, distance learning using a NASA-designed, online curriculum, consists of ten lessons and a final project. The curriculum covers the history and future of space exploration; students complete readings, compose essays, design graphics and solve mathematic problems.

Phase Two is a six-day summer residency experience hosted by the Museum of Flight in Seattle. To earn a space in this summer residency, students are expected to meet deadlines and show mastery of the Phase One curriculum; up to 160 of the top-performing students will be invited to participate in the Summer Residency based on their academic performance in Phase One. During the residency students are guided by professional engineers and educators as they design a human mission to Mars, tour engineering facilities, receive briefings from experts in the field and compete in hands-on engineering challenges.

Megan and science advisor Jeffery Wehr honed her application and sent it in due to her interest in aerospace botany as a career. This will be a challenging, but highly rewarding, endeavor leading to Megan's future in botany. "Congratulations, Megan, on being selected as an Aerospace Scholar and best of luck toward Phase Two," said Wehr.


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