Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school sophomores and juniors interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course focused on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in earth and space science.

If they successfully complete the online curriculum, students are invited to participate in multi-day summer experiences that provide them to the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

Why should a student participate in WAS?

  • Participating in the online distance learning course helps students understand the components and expectations for college level coursework while they are still in high school, particularly the importance of good time management and the ability to prioritize.
  • Being able to state on a resume or college admission application that they completed a five-credit University of Washington course, while in high school, will help to set them apart from other applicants.
  • Regardless of where they live, participating in WAS enables students to interact with like-minded peers and participate in virtual chats with STEM professionals currently working in a field of interest to them.
  • The summer experiences provide students the opportunity to have fun while learning about the universe in which we live, meeting other students with similar interests, and challenging themselves to plan realistic future space missions.
  • Being a graduate of the WAS program puts scholars in an alumni network of over 1400 students who are at top colleges and military academies across the country and who work at STEM companies, including Boeing, SpaceX, Facebook and Aerojet Rocketdyne.
  • WAS alumni frequently report that their experience in WAS built their confidence, interpersonal skills, and prepared them for success in college.

Requirements & Time Frame:

Click Here for the WAS Sophomore Program Overview

Sophomore program

The sophomore level program serves as an introduction to the junior course. It is an online course that takes place in the spring of sophomore year and contains the first two lessons of the junior program. Students who successfully complete the online coursework are invited to participate in a three-day summer experience and are granted automatic admission into the junior program.

Student Requirements:

· You must currently be a sophomore in high school and a resident of Washington State.

· You must have Internet accessibility to participate in Phase One.

Time Frame:

The 2018 sophomore program application is available now and will be due Friday, February 16th, 2018. Phase One begins Tuesday, March 6th with assignments due every two weeks until April 3rd, 2018.

The sophomore three-day summer experiences will be held from mid-July and August of 2018 at a variety of locations across Washington state and students are invited to participate in the location closest to them. Sophomore summer experiences are not residential, rather daily workshops held from 8am until 5:30pm. Specific dates and locations for the summer experiences will be shared with scholars at the start of their online experience in March.

Click Here for the Sophomore Student Application

For more information please email was@museumofflight.org or call 206-764-5866.

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STEM Teachers

WAS is seeking STEM teachers to evaluate online coursework and participate as an academic facilitator during the summer experiences for both the sophomore and junior programs. In addition to being exposed to university level curriculum and content, teachers will also have opportunities to interact with professionals working in STEM fields, tour engineering and research facilities that are not open to the general public, work with highly engaged and motivated students, and learn new techniques for demonstrating STEM concepts in their classrooms.

  • Stipends and clock hours are available!

The applications for the Junior program educator position have closed, but we are now recruiting teachers for the WAS Sophomore program. The teacher application deadline for the WAS Sophomore program is Friday, February 2, 2018.

Click Here for the Online Academic Evaluator Application


Junior Program:

The junior level program runs from mid-November to early April and has students participating in an online course consisting of ten bi-weekly lessons and a final project. If they successfully complete the online curriculum, students can apply to receive five University of Washington natural science (ESS 102) credits and are invited to participate in a six-day summer residency experience at The Museum of Flight. The Summer Residency provides students to the opportunity to work with STEM professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators to plan a human mission to Mars.

Student Requirements:

· You must currently be a junior in high school.

· You must have Internet accessibility and be a Washington State resident to participate in Phase One.

· You must be a US citizen to participate in Phase Two.

Time Frame:

The 2017-18 junior program application was due Friday, November 3, 2017. Phase One began Thursday November 16th with assignments due every two weeks until April 5th, 2018.

The junior program Summer Residency is a six-day experience (Sunday to Friday) held at The Museum of Flight in Seattle and scholars will be able to submit their preferences for a particular week in January 2018.

The 2018 dates under consideration are:

· June 17-22, 2018

· June 24-29, 2018

· July 8-13, 2018

· July 15-20, 2018


Click here to view the WAS Program Overview

The Washington Aerospace Scholars program is sponsored by Wells Fargo, NASA, The Boeing Company, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and individual donors.

Supplemental Materials:

Read Newspaper Article by WAS 2017 Alumna Emma Aldrich

WAS Poster (11x17)

WAS Postcard

WAS Postcard (Somali)

WAS Postcard (Spanish)