Two Kent School District students completed rigorous courses designed by NASA to earn spots in the Western Aerospace Scholars summer residency program and work with students from Montana, Oregon, and Washington to plan a human mission to Mars.
As juniors, Kentridge High School student David Phan and Kentwood High School student Regen Langholz joined more than 200 students to take courses designed by NASA and University of Washington as the first phase of the Western Aerospace Scholars program. After completing the curriculum, they earned five college credits and the ultimate prize: a spot in the summer residency program.
In August, groups of students will work together to plan a human mission to Mars with support from professional engineers, scientists, university students, and certificated educators at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. They will also receive briefings from aerospace professionals, tour engineering facilities, and compete in hands-on engineering challenges.
The Western Aerospace Scholars program was designed to connect high school juniors in Washington and neighboring states with educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through independent learning, hands-on interaction, professional guidance, and site-based tours.