BOISE — Idaho high school juniors can apply to take an aerospace class this spring, with the chance to visit the NASA Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Registration will be open through Nov. 18.
The Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program is offered through a cooperation between the Idaho Department of Education and NASA.
Once accepted into the program, students will sign up for an online class offered through the Idaho Digital Learning Academy by going to their IDLA school site coordinator.
The class will be offered from January through May and students will receive one science elective credit for completing the class.
The class has a heavy emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Students may also register for two concurrent credits through Boise State University.
After finishing the competitive NASA-developed course on space exploration, the top 88 students will be invited to attend a weeklong Aerospace Scholars Summer Academy at BSU next summer.
It will include an all-expenses paid, two-day trip to the Ames Center.
With help from mentors and educators at BSU and Ames, students will simulate development of a human mission to Mars.
All of the Aerospace Scholar participants and their families will also be invited to participate in a series of regional capstone celebrations, offering interactive, Idaho-based STEM activities and tours.
To apply, students must: Be a U.S. citizen and Idaho resident; Be a current high school junior with an interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics; Have a minimum GPA of 2.7; Be at least 16 years old by July 1, 2017; Commit to all aspects of the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars program; and have internet access and e-mail (home, school or public library).
Teachers also may apply to be mentors for the program and may be selected for the trip to Ames with students.
For more information, visit the program website at: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/academic/science/isas.html.